Monday, February 21, 2005

End of Row?

Hi Folks,

I'm a new knitter (I'm just 2/3 of the way through my very first scarf) and having lots of fun. I have a quick question for any experienced knitters out there. When I get to the end of each row, the stitches seem to be really big and loose. No matter what I do, the first/last stich always seems to be a bit ugly looking. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Are there any ways to avoid this problem?

Thanks!

Mr. Snow / Pseudotachylite

2 Comments:

Blogger Roma said...

Hi!

I remember this from when starting to knit. What I do is to knit every first and last stitch of a row, or every two first and last, if you want a more solid edge, no matter what the rest of the pattern is. And after things are finished, tension through the piece seems to even out anyway, over time.

Does that make sense?

Roma

5:24 AM  
Blogger thomasina said...

Hi Pseudo! -- There are a couple things you can do. The easiest is when putting the needle through the second stitch, pull the yarn really tight. This will help keep the end stitches small. The next easiest is what Roma suggests -- knit the first and last stitches. What I just learned (and like because it forms a very pretty edge) -- don't knit (or purl) the last stitch in the row, slip it over to the other needle (make sure the yarn is in front before you slip it over). Knit the first stitch in every row (the one you just slipped over to the needle). By knitting every other stitch at the edge, the loose edges are incorporated much better. If you want to do the latter two methods, usually you cast on an extra two stitches (selvege).

8:20 AM  

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