The StarTribune (local big city paper) featured an article today about Cutting Edge Crafters: people for whom crafting is an outlet for their [“out there”] individuality.Â If you go to the StarTribune website they have an audio/slide show where Rebecca Yaker talks about Sock monkeys.Â I will apologize in advance for bringing up this old, tired topic, but I could not resist when I saw the paper this morning!!
I want to thank the commenters about gauge, size, etc.Â Lorraine mentioned that people have different purl and knit gaugeS — the knitÂ stitch is actually smaller than the purl stitch.Â This is very evident in some people’s knitting.Â If you don’t knit the purl st tighter, it will show up in your knitted fabric.Â
I had to work very hard to compensate for the large purl sts that occurred at the beginning of the wrong side row of my stockinette.Â In fact,Â I avoided stockinette for years because I did not like the way mine looked.Â You would think that just tightening the sts would do it, but in fact that made the problem worse.Â By pulling tightly at the beginning of the purl ROW, the last few KNIT sts were pulled up too tight, so the purl sts became even larger to “fill in” the space.Â The tighter I pulled, the worse it got.Â I finally figured out how to get rid of the problem — I purl the first 4-5 sts of the WS row using just the very tip of the knitting needle, without pulling too much at the start of the row.Â For the rest of the row I do purl more firmly.Â It works for me!
We were discussing thisÂ in a recent knitting class and a couple of the more recent converts to knitting had never heard of this before.Â They started knitting tighter on the purl side and the improvement was absolutely amazing.Â
I must go knit (and purl — firmly).