I love 'things' being stiff and rigid....

But this is ridiculous, I know I suck at cable knitting, but this is just wrong, I've been practising cables by knitting the 'Irish Hikingscarf' but what I end up with is something so tightly knit, and so stiff that noone will ever be able to wear it....

what could I do to prevent this from happening???


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crmartin's picture

I would try using larger needles, that should loosen up the stitches and make it less stiff.



rmbm612's picture

I second that suggestion..........at least 2 sizes

YugiDean's picture

I would like to echo my agreement here. If the knitting is coming out way to tightly, then either loosen your tension (not always the easiest thing to accomplish) or just go up a needle size or two (much easier than adjusting your already-habitual tension).

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Jason1978's picture

so go from a european size 4 to size 6, and still use the same yarn? I will give it a try....if it looks awfull, I will come and haunt every single one of you!!


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Crafty Andy's picture

Visit Crafty Andy's Blog I would imagine that you being a COlor STranding/ Fair Isle knitter will make it easier to knit in one color. Your Fair Isle does not look tight at all. Anyway Personally I go 2 sizes up on any pattern and it works for me. WHen I do Color Stranding I am specially careful because the work tend to be tight by itself. Knitting continental also helps me relax my tension. I also have to make an effort and relax my wrists. If you knit through the back loop it will make your work very tight as well. Hope this helps! Something does not match here, I can't make sense of you knitting color stranding being loose and your single color being too tight. What you are showing us and what you are saying makes no sense . How can you make a sweaters without any problems and youhave a tighness problem with a single color, that pattern thatyou choose, the Irish Hiking scarf is a very simple cable pattern, there could be a tight cable, but your stitches are a different story.

MichaelJames's picture

You are in very good hands here...the advice you've received will give you the results you want. BTW, your cables look marvelous, in my humble opinion.
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yeah I am...'fancyfiddler'

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teejtc's picture

On other note... If you finish a project and find it too "stiff" -- it may loosen up a little bit if you soak it warm water after you're all done.

Oh, and I think your cables look awesome!

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superi's picture


Yes, in this case bigger is better! ;-)


Jason1978's picture

so I should knit a scarf in some huge gauge???

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drmel94's picture

The other alternative to going up in needle size is to practise knitting at a looser tension. It's very difficult to do, as your muscle memory doesn't tend to allow it for very long. It's a good learning exercise, though.

That said, I'd just go up on needle size until I had the right tension. Until you're used to working cables, it may take a little trial and error to figure out how much you need to go up to get things right.

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