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Posted by: knittingmom (IP Logged)
Date: July 29, 2009 12:37PM

Am I totally nuts, or does the purl stitch take more yarn than the knit stitch? Reason for my thinking: when I get ready to do the top of a chemo hat, I do one purl row, followed by decrease rows. Inevitably, it seems that at least one purl stitch per needle falls off one or the other end of the dp as they await their turn for the next row. Yet, when I return to the knit stitch, all seems to fall into place and the sts don't often jump off. Comments???

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Date: July 29, 2009 02:03PM

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Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: July 29, 2009 04:00PM

Technically, the purl stitch should not take any more yarn than the knit stitch but I know that many knitters have a looser tension with the purl stitch -- in which case for them it will take more yarn. (Some knitters have a looser tension with the knit stitch.)

I find that my stitches are more likely to want to jump off my dpns if I am changing stitches back and forth between purl and knit. Also, I think that the different maneuvering we do with the purl versus the knit stitch may be affecting what you experience. And the different maneuvering is true whether one throws or picks the yarn.

Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: July 29, 2009 08:39PM

I agree with KT. It's not at all uncommon for the purls to be looser than the knits. That's why occasionally the only way for some knitters to correct a stitch-to-row gauge ratio problem is to use two different sized needles.

I have to be careful to roll my purl rows down toward me with the tip of my left index finger or they can "grow." I think it's because my knitting is rather tight. If I tweak them all is well.