Sunday, January 03, 2010
A clue to my knitting discomfort, just by looking!
I was watching my knitting closely today as I finished the Square Circle Hat by Phoe M. White. When you make the square top you divide the 88 stitches on to four double-points. Then you 3 needle bind off the two opposing needles. Knit for a few inches on one of the remaining double points, and then do another 3 needle bind off to finish.
As I was really looking at my knitting, I was able to see that my knitting stitches from the circular needle onto one of the straights in the image, were very tight. The other needle has the same number of stitches, but you knit them straight for an inch or more to make the "flap" stretch from one needle to another. Are you lost?
The point is that I realized how loosely the stitiches I knit on the straight needle were as opposed to the ones I took off the circular. No wonder my arm begins to feel uncomfortable when I knit on circulars. So back to straights only for me.
I knew I didn't have issues when I knit on straights, but now I SEE why.
Anyone have any straight knit ideas for me? I need a new project!
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