How do you knit a loose stitch?

Emmanuelle Herbert   |   Member since 2005  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

If your knitting stitches are too loose, they could fall off your needles or create a too loose fabric. If they're too tight, you might break a sweat sliding your needle into the stitch.

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Stella Haines   |   Member since 2009  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Also, is my knitting too loose?

If your knitting stitches are too loose, they could fall off your needles or create a too loose fabric. If they're too tight, you might break a sweat sliding your needle into the stitch.

Subsequently, question is, why is my knitting slanted? When the square or rectangle you've knitted develops a pronounced slant, and turns into a trapezoid, the problem you are having is called "biasing." It's a frequent complaint with chenille yarns, with cottons (especially when the yarn is a "single" rather than a plied yarn) and sometimes even with wool.

Dakota Olivier   |   Member since 2011  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Also Know, why does my knit stitch get tight?

But sometimes the nervous side takes over and you start gripping your needles and pulling at your yarn. You're scared your stitches will fall off. But the problem is that your knitting is so tight you can barely get your needles into the stitches. Below, three ways to loosen up tight knitting.

Shannon Kennedy   |   Member since 2009  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

How do you end a row of knitting?


  1. Finish your last row of stitches.
  2. Knit the first 2 stitches.
  3. Lift the first loop over the second loop.
  4. Knit 1 stitch.
  5. Lift the first loop over the second loop again.
  6. Repeat the bind off sequence to the end of the row.
  7. Tie off the last stitch.

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Alan Goldsmith   |   Member since 2018  |  ✔ Verified

Do larger knitting needles use more yarn?

Since the bigger needles make larger stitches and rows you don't need as many stitches as you do with the small needles and end up using less yarn for the same measurement. If you use the same number of stitches with the big needles as the smaller ones, you'll use more yarn, but will end up with something a lot larger.

Bree Morley   |   Member since 2007  |  ✔ Verified

What if my knitting gauge is off?

If your gauge is off, your project will not match the pattern's finished measurements and you may not be happy with the fit. For that reason, we recommend that you always swatch for your projects. You might even learn to love it! This swatch is 7" square and has been knitted flat with garter edges.

Anne Johnson   |   Member since 2017  |  ✔ Verified

How does needle size affect knitting?

Why Does Size Matter? The size of the needle affects how big your stitches, and thus your finished product, will be. The concept of gauge, or how many stitches fit into 1 inch of knitting, relies heavily on the size of the needles. Usually, larger needles will produce a larger gauge.

Bart Roberts   |   Member since 2014  |  ✔ Verified

Why does my knitting keep getting wider?

If the sides of your knitting aren't straight, but instead have little steps on either side, the knitting gets wider as you go along, or you have holes in your knitting, you are accidentally adding extra stitches. Then, when you knit both strands, you've created two stitches where only one used to be.

Mark Dickson   |   Member since 2017  |  ✔ Verified

How do you unravel a mistake in knitting?

UnravellingSometimes there's nothing else to do but unravel your knitting! Decide how many rows you need to undo, and mark this with a little snippet of yarn. Slide all your stitches off the needle. Gently pull the yarn so that each stitch comes undone.

Greta Willis   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

What happens if you knit with smaller needles?

With the same wool, bigger needles will give bigger stitches, and a looser fabric. Smaller needles will give smaller stitches, and a tighter, warmer, denser, harder-wearing fabric. If you get more stitches than the label says, you are a tight knitter, and need to use a slightly bigger needle to get gauge.

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