Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Sweater cleavage and a question



We have a join and a successful fitting. And some cleavage for a website with the word "sexy" in the URL. Appropro, no?

Question for you all. Can you see the difference in the tension both above and below the join? I think that I purl with more tension than I knit with. It shows up in the textured knits on the RS, and in a horozontal ribbing on the purl side. This is why I love knitting in the round--doing it all in knits means that it looks right. Does anyone know if this will adjust itself out in blocking? Or have any suggestions on how to equalize my knit/purl tension?

11 comments:

Wendy said...

...I'm thinkin' no one would notice. . . heh heh (don't worry so much, the cowl will pull it all in...)

Wendy (knit and tonic)

Wendy said...

By the way, I just showed HWWV your pic and he said he didn't notice a thing...

TheSteph said...

Woah momma! What a sexy sweater! Hope it looks that good on me! :)

AimeeJessica said...

I have the same problem, and when I go from knitting on straights to circulars (or vice versa) in a pattern my gauge changes. With some yarns it looks okay after blocking, but with others I've had to change needle size with the switch to make it come out okay. If anyone knows how to fix this knitting quirk, I'd certainly like to hear about it too!

Zarah said...

Yes, you are definitely "keepin it real" as a sexy knitter!! I wonder if you are twisting your purl stitches (wrapping the yarn the opposite way). I had a similar problem on a project that went from circular to back-and-forth knitting. If this is what's going on, you can correct the problem by either wrapping the yarn the other way or by knitting the next row differently (through the back loop or something?) I think it gets into combination knitting which I don't know too much about.

Colleen said...

I can see it, but that's not exactly a bad thing. The "line" formed by the changeover falls in a good spot, so it looks like a design. I wouldn't worry about it.

Jan said...

You'll probaly be the only one who notices.(I just thought, dam I wish I looked that good!) I do have a hint that is a book I have (can't remember which one) that might help in the future. If you purl with more tension, then before the join and knitting in the round use a size larger needle on the purl rows. That way when you join and knit in the round the tension is the same threwout the garment.

insubordiknit said...

wow! i don't even notice it. hehe.

Dr. Spaulding said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone. I made an offering to the local yarn goddess (i.e. I bought needles at my favorite yarn store and showed my work to the owner). Turns out I have been twisting my stitches by wrapping the yarn incorrectly on the purl stitch! Guess that's what you get when you teach yourself to knit from a book!

LisaBe said...

i was doing exactly the same thing (twisting on my purl stitches because i'd taught myself to knit from a book, never discovered it until i showed some work that was frustrating me to a knitting expert friend)! so glad to know i'm not alone. but i'm just saying: that sweater is looking amazing on you, girl! thanks for making this the Damned Sexy Knitters Club! Dave from Chub Creek is going to be all over that! ;)

Tricotine said...

WOW!!! That top looks so good on you!!!

I can see the change of texture in your knitting but I don't think anyone will notice but you...