I'm new to this forum and fairly new to knitting. This site is great! I thought someone might have a suggestion for my problem: my stockinette stitches sometimes look uneven (on the knit side, the columns of v's sometimes wiggle slightly back and forth). I don't think it looks very neat. Is this normal? If not, any idea what I'm doing wrong? It isn't extreme.
Hi gardenia! Your stitches might look funny because most people make thier knit and purl stitches with slightly different tensions; the purl tends to be a bit looser, which causes the other side's knits to wiggle a little. I consider myself an intermediate knitter, and this happens to me all the time when I am trying out new yarns. It's not a big deal, just practice practice practice!
Thanks. I never really noticed this until I tried using a lovely cotton yarn for some baby hats (it is Classic Elite "Provence" -- so pretty). Maybe I can just see the stitches better. I will keep practicing.
I hope you didn't think I was being critical :( By practicing, I meant just keep going and eventually your gage will even out. Practicing should be fun, anyway! I used to do needlepoint and I got so frustrated with myself for messing up that "practicing" became a chore, and my fun hobby turned into a pile of thread, needles and canvas shoved in a box in the basement. When I first started knitting I used to frong and start over every "project" (they all ended up being dishrags) at least 3 or 4 times; then I just started leaving them there, thinking of the mistakes as my signature... I tried to picture people ooing and ahhing over my dishrags going "ooh, this must be a *Carolyn* design--look at that row of twisted stitches! what a genius!" Anyway, sorry if I offended.