Tuesday, May 30, 2006

 

Where did I go wrong??

OK, so I started a Moderne Baby Blanket recently with Plymouth Encore and immediately realized there was a problem. When I pick up stitches on a CO or BO edge, it's fine - but when I pick up stitches on the end-of-garter-rows side, that edge starts to splay/spread out. A lot. I hoped it would block out and be fine in the end and after doing some test steam blocking and then actually doing a "real" blocking, I realized that it's not going to block out. I stopped after block 5, so it's not like I did the whole thing.

Does anyone have any ideas of what I've been doing wrong? I'm just not seeing as much of the same issue in other people's pics of the log cabin stuff...

HELP!!!

-Julie

Comments:
I'm probably not going to be of much help, but I have a similar issue with the bathmat I'm working on. The ends of some of the rows started coming in towards the middle and the middle kind of bowed out. I think I wasn't picking up enough stitches? Or not in the right place. I've experimented as I go and my last couple sections seem ok. I'm kind of picking up an extra stitch near the ends of the rows. I don't know if I'm adding a stitch that shouldn't be there or if I'm finally doing it closer to correct.

I'm not really sure what I was doing wrong in the first place, but picking up stitches is definately something I still don't quite have mastered yet!
 
I did not have this same problem, but did have some blocks end up too short (AHHHHHHH)as a result of mis-picking. I am now using a crochet hook to pull the yarn through to make the new stitches, and it is working very nicely, if a little tedious.
 
I also used a crochet hook to pick up the stitches, and I haven't had any trouble with the blocks puckering. I'm a little bit of a stickler (ok, ok - I'm obsessive-compulsive) when it comes to knitting from a pattern, so if the pattern says to pick up 9,589 stitches, I count them to make sure every little stitch is there. It's terribly compulsive, I know, but I'm accepting of that part of myself. lol I don't know if that has anything to do with the blocks not puckering or not. Good luck with yours! Don't give up!
 
Hmmm, It sounds to me like maybe you're picking up more stitches than you should on the end-of-garter-rows side. I pick up the one stitch for every garter ridge (2 rows = 1 ridge). Is this what you're doing? Garter stitch is great in the fact that it's square. If you're picking up one stitch for every row, then you're going to be in a bit of trouble I'm afraid.

HTH!!

Abi
http://abiknits.blogspot.com
 
AHA! Abi, that was exactly what I was wondering!! I *was* picking up a stitch for every garter row instead of every garter ridge and I bet that's the exact problem.

Thanks so much for everyone's input!
 
I seem to recall a post on the MDK site (04/27) that this blanket may be a haunted pattern! It seems even Ann & Kay have trouble when varying the suggested yarn. I'm not much help with technique, but bad mojo I know!
 
I am anxiously awaiting further replies to Suni's question. I'm having the same problem with the row edges.

I've been picking up the "bar" between the garter ridges. I pick them up by inserting the left needle under the bar and knitting the new color in. Is this correct?
 
Visit my blog and scroll down a bit, and you'll see pics of how I pick up stitches along a garter ridge edge.

www.pinkalpaca.blogspot.com

Also, notice that you already have one stitch on your needle when you start picking up stitches. Remember to factor that in when you start picking up.

If I have 9 garter ridges, I shoot for having 9 or 10 stitches on my needle after picking up along the edge. If I ever discover that I have 11, I usually k2tog at the end of my first row to even things out. Hope this helps!
 
Kara, Thank you. Your pictures are very helpful. It looks like you're pulling a loop (rather than knitting in a strand) of the new color under TWO strands of the old color. Is that right?

Also, are you doing a regular slip knot with the new color on the right needle? Is this how you account for already having a stitch on that needle before picking up stitches?
 
Kara: Thanks for the pictures! I've been doing something completely different. I'll have to try that and see what happens.
 
When you bind off the edge of your block, you leave one stitch on your needle. That is, you don't bind the whole thing off. You don't have to cast on again. You turn the block clockwise to the right, with that last stitch still on your right needle. You use the right needle and stick it through your work and grab your working yarn to begin picking up the stitches. So, yeah, you're just pulling in some loops to create your new cast-on row so that you can start knitting the next block.

Those two strands you see are the edge of my garter ridge "patch". You can just stick the needle through one leg of that stitch, but it creates a loose join. So I go ahead and stick it under/through the entire edge.

This is hard to explain, so here's a link to a video that helped me a lot:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/misc.php

Hope this helps!!
 
Perfect! I was doing it all wrong. And the video is great. Thank you, Kara!
 
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