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ladder experiment
Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: October 12, 2008 04:39PM

If you are a particularly tight knitter, you may find that when you knit in the round, no matter how tightly as you pull the first stitch of each needle, that stitch will still tend to form a ladder.

I can eliminate ladders by making the first two stitches brutally tight, but only the knit side is completely free of traces. The reverse side is never quite perfect.

I had successfully used a tiny needle to eliminate the little length of yarn in the cast-on join and I thought it might work to correct this problem.

I only went down a couple of needle sizes (in my first experiment from a #4 to a #2) and it worked beautifully. I only used the smaller needle to work one stitch between the larger needles but I counted that stitch in the number of stitches on the needle which followed for pattern purposes. It was still necessary to pull both the smaller-needle stitch and first stitch of the following needle tightly, but there was no trace of a ladder at all - on either side of the fabric.

Of course it adds three or four (or more) needles per round to mess with, but for me the results were flawless and absolutely worth it.

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  ladder experiment Alex 10/12/2008 04:39PM
  Re: ladder experiment craftsman 10/13/2008 10:41PM
  Re: ladder experiment Alex 10/14/2008 12:01AM
  Re: ladder experiment KT 10/14/2008 12:09PM
  Re: ladder experiment Alex 10/14/2008 03:52PM

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