20 October 2008

To master or not to master

Mitt on dpns

It’s a lovely little mitt, and I’m happy with the design, if it weren’t for me being really bad at working with dpns. It never was a problem before, now it certainly is. One can easily tell where the changes in dpns have been, as the stitches are much looser there. It’s annoying. And yes, I know I have to work the st after the dpn change tightly. And I also know I can switch the dpn changing point so that it won’t be in line, hence less visible, but I don’t like that. I like my stitches to stay where they are. The first attempt on the Lady Wannabes was a disaster, due to the same problem. I solved it one by using two circulars instead. But this tiny mitt here – I’d just like to be able to choose. I’d like to master both techniques. Anyone has any good advice on this?

10 comments:

Nettie said...

I wish I had some advice. I only have that problem with dpn's when I purl with them.

Tora said...

Well, that's exactly what I did here - and with the Lady Wannabes. So maybe that's why I've never had this problem before - maybe I've always been knitting, never purling..?

Anyone have advice on how to purl with dpns, then?

Siena Knit said...

That makes two of us - I`m struggling with a pair of socks on dpn`s right now, and it doesn`t look good. I didn`t have this problem before - but maybe haven`t purled either. Let`s hope someone will come to the rescue with a good advice...

Siena Knit said...

Forgot to say: Magnificent colour choice!

MeowGirl said...

that little mitten is so cute--and hanging out with some Murakami!

two ideas... try purling with the new needle above the previous needle. i usually go under if knitting, above if purling. also, i like to leave the first stitch relatively lax then tighten the second and third stitches. ladders happen when that first stitch is too tight or too loose, and tightening the second/third stitches keeps me from over-correcting.

Habitata said...

I have an advice, not sure if it will work but her it is anyway. If I got you right, you do not have a problem with this knitting, just as you purl? Ok? Then I would do the mittens first 1 knit, 1 purl until your problem begins. Then I would knit it inside out, if you understand what I mean? You just knit three rows (if that is what the pattern says, then purl 1 row). When you have finished it, you just put the outside back in, and it would look like purled! Visit Bente B's webblog, she has med a pattern called "smockies", it's free and she has used a similar technique as I have tried to describe to you in my o' so stinking knitting english...By the way, knitting in norwegian is one thing, reading english patters are also ok, but describing knitting in english ... well, as you have seen, it's not what I'm best at... Good luck with you knitting, and thanks for lots of fun reading at your blog. I'll come back...

habitata said...

ok.. I forgot to post the link to the "smockies" pattern: http://www.bentemor.com, follow the blog and se in her meny to the right, and you will find the pattern for "Smockies both in norwegian and english!

Tora said...

Thank you, ladies! I'll try those techniques, and report the results ;-)

Annepålandet said...

Jeg må skrive på norsk, for jeg har litt dårlig tid:
Jeg får ikke "skiller" mellom pinnene når jeg strikker med 4 pinner. Jeg strikker på flg. måte - du kan jo prøve og se om det funker for deg (enten funker det strålende - eller så funker det ikke):
Jeg strikker alle maskene på pinnen (rette eller vrange spiller ingen rolle), så tar jeg med et par masker fra neste pinne også. Sånn fortsetter jeg, slik at skillet mellom pinnene hele tiden flytter seg et par masker. Høres muligens tungvint ut, men etter et par runder går det helt automatisk av seg selv. Det blir omtrent som å strikke med rundpinne. ("Ekstrapinnen" holder jeg bare i hånda så lenge).
Har alltid strikket på denne måten, både rett og vrangt og med flere farger, og det blir helt jevnt og fint - ingen stramme eller løse masker. Behøver nesten ikke presse strikketøyet eterpå for å få det jevnt.
Mulig dette var litt dårlig forklart, men prøv det! Det høres tungvint ut, men det er en treningssak.

Tora said...

Annepålandet, jeg har hørt om den teknikken, men har alltid syntes den høres slitsom ut. Men sånn som du skriver det, virker det verdt et forsøk eller tre. Jeg skal gi det en sjans. Takk :-)