Help with edge

Hey guys,

Can folks give me any tips with a problem that I'm having at the end of a row?

I'm currently working on the my so called scarf project. I have a very neat edge on one side, but on the other, I have some really loose stitches. The edge I'm having a problem with is the start of the purl row. The start of the knit row is solid. I can’t seem to figure what I’m doing wrong. And this has happened on other things I’ve knitted as well. Is it a tension issue?

I have a couple of pics to show you what I’m doing:

Bad edge:

Good Edge:

On a venting note, I went to my LYS to get the Manos yarn and they didn't have any and they suggested this Naro yarn as a good substitute. Although it is really soft and nice to touch, I'm not that thrilled with it. It is thick and thin yarn, which I don't care for and specifically asked the clerk about. :-/ But I will say I like the stitch and it is fun to do.

StuartWS's picture

I'm working on two projects

I'm working on two projects right now, one Manos and one Noro. If you don't like thick/thin changes, you wouldn't have been any happier with the Manos! It's a little distracting to come across sportwieght segments in a worsted yarn, but they make a very interesting finish as it knits together. The Noro (kureyon) has some of that, but not as much. I like both yarns a lot.

The German Selvedge edge is

The German Selvedge edge is nice too:

Slip the last stitch of the row with yarn in back,
Knit the first stitch of the row.

Thanks so much for this! I

Thanks so much for this! I had never heard of the German selvedge before. I'm not sure I want to start in the middle of a project, but I will keep this in mind for future projects.
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QueerJoe's picture

I would have to agree with

I would have to agree with RK that your purl stitches are probably looser than your knit stitches.

This stitch pattern doesn't really let you slip the first stitch of a row. Can you try purling back on a smaller needle to see if that changes anything?

I would love to see you knitting this in person so I could try and figure it out because your edges are very different, and they shouldn't be.

Thanks, I'm still not sure

Thanks, I'm still not sure what I'm doing wrong. I played around a bit with the advice I received. When I start the purl row, I pick up a stitch from below (using the slack from the loose stitch) and then purl 3 together and the following the directions as written. That leaves me with two stitches like I need. It neats up the edge just great. Thanks again for your help!
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OKknitguy's picture

i have problems with my

i have problems with my purls being too loose. I continental, I will often English knit or purl on some stitches to tighten them up. I also will purl a different way, I guess I go backwards kind of, but it makes the stitch backwards on the needle, but tighter. You also can get a nice edge if you slip the first stitch. Those are just a few of the things I've done.

RK

Thanks, I'm not slipping a

Thanks, I'm not slipping a stitch, but this gave me the idea to a stitch from below (using the slack from the loose stitch) and then purl 3 together and the following the directions as written. This fixes the edge. Thanks a lot for the idea!
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"Let the beauty you love, be what you do" -- Rumi