Knitting

Whoops…

I have a vaguely embarrassing confession to make.

To put it into context: I started knitting two years ago, or close enough. To be fair for the first six months or so I mostly crocheted as I didn’t dig the whole two-needles thing (oh how times change!) but my first (unfinished) project was a scarf knitted out of a terrible acrylic blue yarn.

So I really should know the basics by now.

Imagine my surprise (and amusement) when I discover that after all this time I’ve been doing the purl stitch wrong!

Yay finished Coachella!

Have a look at this finished top. I’m very pleased with it as it fits and it is entirely wearable. HOWEVER. I noticed the straight section – where I knit flat down to the bottom of the armholes (mid-boob) – is completely different from the part where I knitted in the round. The only difference in these two sections is the purl stitch so I started to have the sneaking suspicion I’d made a fundamental error.

Maybe I’m just not very good at the purl stitch, thought I.

I looked closer. The stitches don’t lie flat and there’s an odd pull between them. Hmm, maybe not. Maybe I twist the stitches.

Then a very kind soul on Ravelry tactfully informed me that it does indeed look like I’m twisting my purl stitches and I facepalmed heavily. As a side-note, if you ever notice something I could do to improve my knitting like this, please tell me. I won’t get upset unless you’re a dick about it. I’ll be grateful!

My first attempts at the purl stitch came from this video.

…And I now realise that I must have been watching it whilst wearing a black sack over my head because there’s no other explanation as to how I managed to miss that you cross the yarn over anti-clockwise.

Of course, I’m halfway through a project right now in which I’ve been accidentally twisting the purl stitch all the way through so I have to keep going. Once it’s done I’ll have to relearn the stitch.

Maybe I’ll go continental while I’m at it.

I’m not the only one to make stupid long-running mistakes, right? …Right? …*crickets chirp*…

Time to buy some sea silk to make myself feel better…!

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14 thoughts on “Whoops…

  1. You are definitely not the only one to do something like this. The first project I did with yarn overs came out looking really weird and huge and mutated. In hindsight, yarn overs are so very simple, but I was reading the instructions completely wrong and was essentially doing three yarn overs to each one I was supposed to do. In my stubbornness, I just kept going, figuring the pattern was either wrong or worded different than I was used to.

    It happens to the best of us, and luckily, twisted purl stitches still look cute and unique! Love it!

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    1. I had problems with yarn overs at first too. I don’t know why. It’s so funny how simple things seem after you’ve realised the mistake.

      Thanks! 🙂

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  2. I discovered a very similar issue with purling (I knit Continental) and realized I was twisting the stitches. Everything (basic stuff) was okay looking, until I got to a cardigan. Figuring out the mistake was relatively easy, and I haven’t really looked back. Fixing the mistake does make lace a lot easier, just saying. You are definitely not alone in the purl mix-ups. Cute top and brilliant color.

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    1. I’ve had a lot of trouble whenever I’ve knitted lace, so maybe this is why. 🙂

      Thank you! 🙂 Glad the twisted stitches look okay in the end.

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  3. I’d say that you didn’t ‘purl’ wrong, you just made up a new stitch of your own!! Sounds like a happy mistake to me! 😉

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  4. Nope. Now I’ve watched the video, turns out you’re really not the only one. And now I know why the cardi I’m knitting looks all kinds of weird. DAMMIT!

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  5. Thank you for posting this! I’ve been knitting for 6 years and twisting my purl stitches the whole time. It was hard to find info on exactly what i was doing wrong. Your blog pinpoints it perfectly.

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