We’re starting a new weekly feature on the blog today called Tuesday’s Tip. Each week we’ll share a favorite tip or technique with you.
This week’s tip is from Kirsten Hipsky our Design Manager. She’s addressing the problem of rowing out, where the size of your knit stitches are different than your purl stitches. These alternating rows of larger stitches will appear as ridges on the front (knit side) of stockinette fabric. On the back (purl side) of stockinette fabric, these rows will appear as valleys.
Rowing out is more pronounce with less stretchy yarns such as cotton. Rowing out can also be a problem in patterns where you switch from knitting flat to knitting in the round. A pullover sweater is a good example where the yoke and body may be knit in the round, but the sleeves are knit flat.
Kirsten’s Tip – If you have problems with rowing out, try working with two different size needles! The needle in your right hand is the one that determines the stitch size for that row, so use a smaller needle for stitches you want tighter and a larger needle for stitches that you want to be looser.
Do you have a problem with rowing out? What ways have you discovered to make your knit and purl stitches more even?