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Question about tension...**more questions!***

Are you sick of me yet? Wink

Ok so after having discovered the "easier" way for me to knit things are improving... but I am having the strangest problem with the last stitch... its as if it does not want to tighten for some reason? And this happens over and over on every row... I dont know if I am missing something? Mind you I am still just practicing, just knitting swatches... but by the end of it my swatch is darn near circular because I seem to lose that last stitch every time! :eek: Is there a magic thing that must be done to keep that sucker tight and my rows even??

Thanks again... I appreciate your input and patience with me!

So I have discovered that I have a Tasmanian death grip while I knit.. and once I get to the 3rd or 4th row, I cant even slide the stitches on my needles anymore!

Do you have any suggestions on how to hold my yarn/needles/whatevs to loosen up my grip and get a better even tension? I know it takes practice... but I am like trying to murder my knit LOL!

Also I find that holding my needles I tend to keep them sticking "straight up" rather than the angle... prolly another culprit of the tight weave... any suggestions there?

Thank you!

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I think it will gradually improve. At first you are so worried that you will drop a stitch that you are "hanging on for dear life." Take your time, it isn't a race to knit 30 rows at a sitting. Do just one row, relaxed and slowly.
I never learned a "proper" knitting technique, but over time I learned a way of holding the wool around certain fingers of my right hand that allows it to feed loosely. Maybe I can get DH to photograph my hand some day.

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Thank you! I kinda figured it was just a time issue...

BUT in the interim I tried the Left hand knitting (German, Continental, whatevs..) and have already found it to be MUCH easier already. I am fighting my stitches much less!

Things are looking up!

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"girlisrad" wrote:

Thank you! I kinda figured it was just a time issue...

BUT in the interim I tried the Left hand knitting (German, Continental, whatevs..) and have already found it to be MUCH easier already. I am fighting my stitches much less!

Things are looking up!

I agree that its just a time thing. Once you are more comfortable knitting, you can focus more on loosening up. I do find that left-handed knitting does lend itself to being a little less tight than right handed knitting. With right handed knitting its way too easy to tug on those stitches as you go.

I'm a fairly tight knitter, and i can knit a little more loosely left-handed than right-handed. Right handed I have to make a very conscious effort to knit more loosely.

As for the final stitch....it very often will look a little looser than the rest. It should be messy lose, but it may not appaer to sit as nice and neat as the rest of them. Oftentimes its not a problem, since that last row is used for seaming things up, or has an edge put around it.

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"KimPossible" wrote:

I agree that its just a time thing. Once you are more comfortable knitting, you can focus more on loosening up. I do find that left-handed knitting does lend itself to being a little less tight than right handed knitting. With right handed knitting its way too easy to tug on those stitches as you go.

I'm a fairly tight knitter, and i can knit a little more loosely left-handed than right-handed. Right handed I have to make a very conscious effort to knit more loosely.

As for the final stitch....it very often will look a little looser than the rest. It should be messy lose, but it may not appaer to sit as nice and neat as the rest of them. Oftentimes its not a problem, since that last row is used for seaming things up, or has an edge put around it.

WOOHOOO!!!! Thank you Thank you! I thought for sure I was screwing it up! YAHOO!!!

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WOOHOOO!!!! Thank you Thank you! I thought for sure I was screwing it up! YAHOO!!!

Just to be clear, i made a typo. That should read it shouldn't be super messy, not should. You may have figured that out by the rest of the sentence, but i wanted to clarify just in case....as I would never want to mislead anyone!

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"girlisrad" wrote:

Thank you! I kinda figured it was just a time issue...

BUT in the interim I tried the Left hand knitting (German, Continental, whatevs..) and have already found it to be MUCH easier already. I am fighting my stitches much less!

Things are looking up!

I have much better luck with left handed knitting, but then again, I am left handed. Biggrin

The last stitch will always be a little looser, but if it bothers you, you can always take your needle after you've done a few more rows and kinda push the yarn around. What I mean by that is put the needle in the stitch next to it, pull, and repeat til the stitches are evenly distributed. I hope that makes sense, i could take a picture if you want me to Smile

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I have much better luck with left handed knitting, but then again, I am left handed. Biggrin

The last stitch will always be a little looser, but if it bothers you, you can always take your needle after you've done a few more rows and kinda push the yarn around. What I mean by that is put the needle in the stitch next to it, pull, and repeat til the stitches are evenly distributed. I hope that makes sense, i could take a picture if you want me to Smile

That would be great! I would love a pic!

I found that my left handed knitting yields a fairly even stitch... but I am still REALLY having trouble with the last 1-2 stitches on the rows... they are HUGE and no matter what I do to tug and pull they just end up huge! I hope your littel trick helps me with that!

Oh and I started practicing my purl stitch, ahhaaa... :rolleyes: like a whole new set of problems there LOLOLOL!!! My hands dont wanna do it backwards!

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If you're stuck on how to do a purl stitch, go to www.knittinghelp.com They have very nice videos on techniques and they show right and left handed Smile

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I'm just gonna apologize for the froggy voice, i've been up for 29 hours with only a 90 minute nap. The joys of working overnights...

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I'm just gonna apologize for the froggy voice, i've been up for 29 hours with only a 90 minute nap. The joys of working overnights...

from the bottom of my heart.. THANK YOU! How wonderful of you to do this, especially being so tired!

I am gonna watch it in a few hours after I get BIG one to school and LO, well, busy LOL...

THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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Sandradee!

FIRST of all I am so sorry it took me So long to respond back. My pregnancy indiuced carpal tunnel has rendered me unable to KNIT! My hand and wrists are aching!

But WOW you helped me SO SO SO much. Watching you knit that made me realize that my grip on the needles I think is my worst enemy... of all the videos I watched this one has helped me the most, and I really really appreciate you taking the time!

You are my NEW HERO!!!

:bigarmhug:

Im off to knit NOW!!! Thank you!

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"girlisrad" wrote:

Sandradee!

FIRST of all I am so sorry it took me So long to respond back. My pregnancy indiuced carpal tunnel has rendered me unable to KNIT! My hand and wrists are aching!

But WOW you helped me SO SO SO much. Watching you knit that made me realize that my grip on the needles I think is my worst enemy... of all the videos I watched this one has helped me the most, and I really really appreciate you taking the time!

You are my NEW HERO!!!

:bigarmhug:

Im off to knit NOW!!! Thank you!

You're welcome! Glad it helped Smile How's the knitting going now?

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You're welcome! Glad it helped Smile How's the knitting going now?

oH IT hurts! it hurts! I tried knitting this weekend and my right hand just swelled up like a dang balloon!

BUT! I did manage to try out your techniques, OMG worked SO good! I was so happy to see the end of my row actually look like something!

I have been wearing my braces trying to get the whole carpal BS under control, but I dunno... dang it makes me mad too! LOL! I realyl wanted to have a beanie knitted before my LO got here!