Friday, October 03, 2008

3rd post of the day /*rant*/

Update: Saturday, October 4:

After watching these videos that the Knittin' Coop suggested, I think the problem is not so much my technique, but using dull pointed bamboo needles! Purling through the back loop requires some pointy addi's I think...Off to the Yarn Lounge to get another pair of addi's!

There are just some things that are not meant to be. 'Purl through the back loop' sucks. I really want to make the Philly Cowl, but I have spent 2 hours trying to get my brain (and hands) around purling through back loop for the left twist. This stitch makes me angry, so will now sit back and work on my leaf lace shawl. Sorry splityarn - the cowl looks like an AWESOME pattern. Maybe I'll pick it up in a few days, but for now, I'm channeling Elizabeth Zimmerman and her dislike of the purl stitch.


Robin said...

I'm not sure if you knit continental or english but there are videos for both here:
good luck!

Celestial said...

(response to comment on my blog)

The knit through the back loop - I just purled the stitch as normal. Depending on how you wrap your yarn around your needle the 'back' loop can vary. Just purl it so that you don't twist the stitch. Otherwise it will look odd from the front.

I did have a slight gap as well. I corrected this a little by pulling the stitch before it a little looser, therefore tightening the purled stitch.

After I was done with a few rows I went back and smoothed it over with a DPN. While viewing the back, the stitch that was either before or after the purled stitch (depending on the slant) was always tighter. I just pulled one side to loosed it up.

If that's still confusing I can try to post pics.