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28 May 2010 @ 01:22 pm
How to hold your yarn .....  
Hi Everyone,
I have another question if you have time to respond. I signed up in my local knit shop for a lesson and the teacher told me that I should learn to hold my yarn at the top of my needles with my two fingers (thumb and index)holding the yarn as I knit.(Im right handed) She said this gives my work a more uniform look and I will have more control of my yarn. Im practicing, but I was just wondering if this is what most knitters do, or do you just do what is comfortable and be sure to pull some to make your stitches a bit tighter?
Just curious here what others do?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
Moseymoshiicake on May 28th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
oooh... that little tug is bad for you.

don't do it!

when you start your next stitch you'll be tightening it anyway :)

I hold my yarn between my fourth and fifth fingers. I have a relaxed tension anyway but this keeps it even.
ForCryinOutLoudforcryinoutloud on May 28th, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Actually, for me, I have to do it or all my stitches are WAY too loose and I get big holes in whatever I'm knitting (I currently have several holes in the blanket I'm knitting now because I forgot to do this). :P I think, because I don't hold my yarn "correctly" that when I do the wrap around I'm actually not really tightening the stitch much so if I don't do the little tug (little, not a hard tug), then I end up with a wonky looking row of too loose and just right stitches. :P

I have the beginnings of carpal tunnel and arthritis in my hands so they're cramped up minutes after I start :P the little tug, for me, actually means my hands (and tension) can be more relaxed than when I attempt doing it the "correct" way.
Moseymoshiicake on May 28th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
hmm.. i have really REALLY loose stitches and the only time I get holes is from accidental yarnovers... you sure you're not doing that?
ForCryinOutLoudforcryinoutloud on May 28th, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
Yup, I'm sure. :) Every couple rows I count the stitches to make sure I haven't added any (as a yarn over would cause) and I haven't. :) They're not like huge holes or anything. *g* Just looks like a really, really loose stitch in amongst my tight stitches.
Moseymoshiicake on May 29th, 2010 09:09 am (UTC)
aww poops. Definitely learning to hold to a correct and even tension would be better for your knitting, but you can try knitting in your regular relaxed state and then pulling your work down from the needle to evenly distribute the yarn. Having really loose stitching isn't bad, so long as every stitch is that loose XD
ForCryinOutLoudforcryinoutloud on May 29th, 2010 10:54 am (UTC)
Having really loose stitching isn't bad, so long as every stitch is that loose XD

*laughs* Yes. *grins*

I figure for three weeks I'm not doing too badly. *snerk* Eventually I'm sure, with more practice, everything will be as it should (the occasional loose stitch really only happens like once every 20 or so rows - mostly when I start getting tired/bored. :P 200 stitches across can get monotonous after a while *g*).
Moseymoshiicake on May 29th, 2010 12:07 pm (UTC)
Haha, omigosh, but what's worse is *counting* those stitches. Trying to do the pub quiz whilst casting on 160 stitches = not so much fun.
ForCryinOutLoudforcryinoutloud on May 29th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
*snickers* OMG let me tell you! *headdesk* :P Many times I lost count and almost cried at the prospect of doing it all over again. :P I totally blame Sherlock Holmes and Robert Downey Jr's prettiness for distracting me. ;)
nimbrethil on May 30th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC)
If you're a super loose knitter, one quick'n easy solution is to switch to a smaller needle. I have the opposite problem, and occasionally have to use larger needles.

Also, you might consider getting some circular needles. I have a few, and find that I can knit for a much longer stretch before my hands get tired or start to ache than with straights. I have a number of needles with cables of varying lengths, that I use almost exclusively, including with flat knitting. The thing is that the cable is supporting the weight, rather than the needle, so there's a lot less stress on your hands.

There are also a number of exercises you can do to warm up your hands before you start knitting, and during. I generally go through a series of them prior to starting, and do them again after twenty minute intervals, roughly. This is a good idea for knitters in general, because knitting is a surefire way to give yourself a repetitive stress injury. It's practically a must if you already have CTS or arthritis!