My 1st washcloth :)

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  1. DroppedAtBirth

    DroppedAtBirth Well-Known Member

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    And I'm in love with bamboo needles!

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    prior to this, I've made 3 scarves, 1 baby blanket, and 1 pair of socks. Keep changing my tension or something as I knit though...scarves were all fine and so were the socks, but the baby blanket and the washcloth are smaller/tighter as I continued to knit. Gotta run out and do some chores in the barn then I'm going to cast on the next washcloth and see if I can figure out what I'm changing as I go ;)
     
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    Marchwind Fiber Arts forum Mod. Supporter

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    Yay!!! Could be the yarn that you are using? If you used cotton or a synthetic yarn they wont stretch like a wool will, wool also has a memory. Bamboo needles are great, especially if you are prone to dropping stitches and having them jump off the needles.
     

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    Maybe, the washcloth is cotton, the socks were wool, some form of synthetic for the baby blanket (but was oh so fuzzy and soft lol), but the scarves were acrylic too so I'm leaning toward me being the cause more than the fiber since knitting is new to me and I'm learning from books and youtube ;)
     
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    That's a nice washcloth!

    Cotton knits tighter than other fibres, in my experience.
     
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    Marchwind Fiber Arts forum Mod. Supporter

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    You could be twisting stitches too. That would make things tighten up.
     
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    That is what it looks like to me.

    Notice how the rows of "v"s are canted at an angle on every other row?
    Chances are that you are wrapping the yarn the wrong way around the needles on your purls.

    That is a super common mistake to make. :)
     
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    Oh! I'll have to pay attention to that and I'll bet you're right :D Thanks!
     
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    :eek:

    It's not a mistake, it's just a different technique and it even has a name ... combined continental. (you knew I was going to say something :hysterical:)

    When knitting flat (knit one side, purl the other), after your first purl row, any stitch that was knit on the previous row, you'll pick up that stitch in the front leg. Any stitch that was purled on the previous row, you'll pick up that stitch in the back leg.

    It takes a little bit of time to adjust to this, but I find it very easy to know exactly what stitch I did in the previous row.

    :sing:
     
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    I love it, nice job!
     
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    Went to knitting for dummies and was wrapping the yarn wrong way around the needle for the knit stitches O.O Do use continental method because of the crocheting history I think. It just felt awkward to have the yarn in my right hand. Working on that next washcloth now so we'll see if it turns out better :)
     
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    I honestly do understand what combined continental knitting is.
    That is one reason I can sometimes help people when they transition to knitting in the round with that style.

    However, there is another issue that affects new knitters and it has nothing to do with which 'leg' you are putting the needle through.
    It certainly AFFECTS your stitch mount though.

    If you wrap the yarn the wrong direction around the needle before pulling it through the stitch it makes the stitch tighter.
    Then if you keep doing that on every row you will end up with a REALLY tight bunch of stitches the higher up you go.

    I know this from experience.

    That is what I was trying to convey.
    I wasnt calling combined continental knitting 'wrong'.
     
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    cool, I absolutely love washcloths and knitting them is even more fun!
    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    2nd is better but (something funky still happened in the middle but I think that's about where I was when I figured out which way I wanted things twisting).

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    Thanks so much everyone for the input :D
     
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    Oh and I'm hooked on washcloths for learning new stitch patterns. All gauge swatches from now on will be a bit larger and wind up used for scrubbing...well maybe potholders for the wool yarns :)
     
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    Your second one is pretty to!
    That's a good idea about the new stitch patterns. I might do that to.
     
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    GAM, I know you know what combined continental is. The explanation was for the OP

    And this is where we will agree to disagree.

    From my experience of purling both 'ways', purling using the combined technique makes the stitch more loose, not tighter (unless the knitter is inserting the needle into the wrong leg.)

    Wrapping the yarn for a purl using the combined technique is just a mirror image of the knit stitch.

    On the plus side, using the combined technique is a faster way to knit and you can 'see' what stitch was made on the previous row by feel instead of sight.

    :smack Silly! I know you weren't :happy:
     
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    NIce washcloths! I also love Bamboo needles also as they dont slip like my metal and plastic always hangs somewhere...If given a choice I choose Bamboo! I have Bamboo straights and circulars and even DPN's...
     
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    Those are very pretty! I think you just need to knit all you can....every day... constantly. :happy: Practice ya know.... lol! (just kidding)
    I learned crochet first and knit continental. For the first year I think I knitted sorta backwards... through the back of the stitch. I finally figured out what someone was telling me, I think it was Gone a milkin, and discovered how to knit it correctly.
    I love bamboo and my knit picks wood needles. I just wish my bamboo dpns were 5 or 6 inches, not 4. :grump:
    Love the 'swatch' idea. I hate knitting swatches. Usually don't do it. But knitting dish cloths is a different story.
     
  20. DroppedAtBirth

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    Haven't had time for constant but been trying to sit down some every day. This one's still a little out of whack but I think they're looking better.

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    and I really really like the way this stitch looks (pain in the butt to get the hang of it but worth it :D )