03 August, 2010

Being Careful Not to Twist

"Join, being careful not to twist" is a common direction in knitting patterns for items knit in the round. Neglect this, and you blight your project. I did so when I tried to knit my first hat.

Compliance takes some doing. When I cast on to double pointed needles, my needles hang and twist so I have to straighten them out before joining them. This task feels something like doing those questions on intelligence tests where you have to mentally rotate and match or extrapolate complex shapes.

To cut down on the aggravation, I've taken to inserting a stitch marker into the fronts of two stitches at the ends of adjoining needles. The marker prevents the needles from rotating out of alignment and also gives me a visual clue as to what side is what.

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