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Old 12-30-2009, 04:30 PM   #1
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Why is there a line when I knit garter stitch in the round?
There is a line at the point where I switch from purling one row to knitting the next row. I am also finding that I do not like the way that garter stitch in the round looks, but I do not want to do the usual rib or moss stitch trim. Any suggestions for a non-curling stitch to use for a shawl with sleeves? I would prefer a stitch that would work well in the round and with mitres. Thanks.
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:38 PM   #2
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How many rows have you done of the garter stitch? It takes several rows before it really settles in and looks right for any stitch. I'd suggest doing at least 10 rows (5 ridges) before you make a final decision.

You want non curling, but no rib, garter or seed stitch? Not sure...
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:45 PM   #3
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You're going to have a jog when switching from a purl round to a knit round. What I do when going from knit to purl is slip the first st of the round, purl around and do the slip st at the end of the round. Then slip the next stitch and knit around, knitting the slip st at the end. Slip the next one, purl and purl the slip st at the end. This can move your beg of round over a little, but once you start working in stockinette st, you can go back to the original beginning.
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:46 PM   #4
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Why you get that line (if you're talking about one that goes all the way around) is probably because your tension isn't just the same when you do the purl round and the knit round. Garter stitch has a tendency to show any wobbles in tension at their worst.

What stitch to use? I don't know. I don't know anything about miters.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:23 PM   #5
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Thanks for all of your posts. I undid the garter stitch, I had done about 30 rows, which was most of today's knitting.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:25 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Jan in CA View Post
How many rows have you done of the garter stitch? It takes several rows before it really settles in and looks right for any stitch. I'd suggest doing at least 10 rows (5 ridges) before you make a final decision.

You want non curling, but no rib, garter or seed stitch? Not sure...
I did about 30 rows. I undid it because it looked sloppy and I felt that I have spent far too long on this sweater to have a sloppy finishing.

I would prefer not to do a rib, but if there is an interesting one that anyone suggests, I will look into it. I definitely don't want to do seed stitch.
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I would prefer not to do a rib, but if there is an interesting one that anyone suggests, I will look into it. I definitely don't want to do seed stitch.
Why a rib, but not seed st? They're basically the same, just offset, if you're doing k1 p1.
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Old 12-30-2009, 07:55 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by suzeeq View Post
Why a rib, but not seed st? They're basically the same, just offset, if you're doing k1 p1.
I don't like the way seed stitch looks. What about herringbone. Would that be hard to do with a mitre?
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Good call Sue and Judy! I hadn't thought of those reasons or solutions.
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