I'm a HORRIBLE knitter

The hat that I just posted was the first non-lace thing I've done in a long while. It was knit in the round and done completely in stockinette. My tension is awful! Up close the hat looks like it has ridges - some rows very loose...others very tight. Hmmm....I may need to go back to the basics for a while.

As an aside - for others who have trouble with tension - do lace! You can't tell - it's sorta' like felting your work no one will know (and it's still just knit and purl).



MMario's picture

If you can't tell from the back of a galloping horse, it's ok.

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TheKnittingMill's picture

I'm with you Mario. I hadn't even noticed anything before you said anything. I'm constantly working on my tension too! I so get what Chris mentioned, because living in South Louisiana with all of your humidity, presents a lot of challenges with tension. If I'm going to fly to a dryer area (El Paso, for instance), I never bring a project I'm in the middle of and I never bring a project that I won't be able to finish or nearly finish before I get back. I learned that the hard way! My gauge is about 2--2.5 stitches different.

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OperaGeek's picture

You're awfully hard on yourself, Rick. I can see some variations in the tension, but for the most part I think it looks great. My tension needs work too, and I think the solution to inconsistency is practice. I'm knitting a sweater in the round that is mostly stockinette, and after thousands of stiches, I'm hoping my tension will improve. As for the final product..well, my expectations aren't terribly high.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

You hit the solution right on...practice. Although, the tension in my grandniece's cardigan is all over the place...and I've been knitting for over 40 years. Just goes to show that we can all have a tension problem now and again. Oh well, after a few washings it will all even out. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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Chris Vandenburg's picture

In my experience with tension I have attributed it to several things that may cause fluctuation.

My tension is different if the room is too cold, too hot, if you are tired and especially if it is too humid.

There are those days when the needles just seem to fly and on those off days I have to slow down and compensate.

And you are not a bad knitter. You are a hell of a lot better than a person who doesn't knit at all! And usually those are the most critical of a persons work.

"If a man has cream at home in the refrigerator he won't go out looking for 2% butterfat"
............Erma Bombeck

"If a man has cream at home in the refrigerator he won't go out looking for 2% butterfat"
............Erma Bombeck