That Stitch Looks Funny

November 11, 2018
Being able to read your stitches is a skill that novice knitters learn sooner than they realize. “Something doesn’t look right, but I don’t know what’s wrong” is a common sentiment. The first step to fixing a mistake is realizing you made a mistake.  That’s what happened recently to friend Pat, who’s making a baby blanket and is convinced she can only knit while sitting at my kitchen table. Back at home, she discovered that her stitches had become super tight, making it difficult to even insert the needle. Here’s what she’d encountered.
knitting into the back of a stitch twisted on the needle
Unknowingly, she’d been knitting into the back of her stitches. This results in a twist of each stitch, making each one a bit too tight. Her knit stitches were sitting backwards on her left needle, making it awkward (kind of twisted) to insert the right needle. Once I pointed out the difference between a backward “sitting” stitch and one that sits properly on the needle, she was able to really see the difference. And now you can, too. Think of someone sitting on a horse; one leg on each side. In knitting, the “legs” are the sides of the stitch and the “horse” is the needle. When a stitch is on backwards, it’s as though the rider’s legs are on the wrong sides of the horse – making the rider backwards.
To fix a backward stitch, you simply pinch the stitch between your fingers, take it off the needle, turn it around, and put the turned-around stitch back on the needle.
In other knitting news, Mom finished her latest garter stitch scarf. This one in the rich green with blue tones of the Pines colorway of Malabrigo Rios.  She decided to blow a kiss when I asked her to model it for me.
I’m making progress on the Second Sock and have started the color block fingerless mitts in Shibui that I mentioned last week. More soon!      

5 Responses to “That Stitch Looks Funny”

  1. tinaor Says:

    Tell her well done! I remember a friend who gifted a cardigan to her grandmother and whenever Granny wore it a mistake screamed out at my friend. She’d missed fixing it!

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  2. BETTY Stocks Says:

    Nice to see Nancy. Kisses back to her . Betty

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  3. Patrick Dober Says:

    Nice Malabrigo Rios color MAH and mom!

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