Loose Knit Column

Many knitters find a column of loose knit stitches on the left edge of their cables. This common phenomenon occurs in knitting when transitioning from a knit stitch to a purl stitch. To minimize the loose stitch, purl the first stitch after the knit column by wrapping the yarn clockwise around the needle. On the following row, this stitch will be twisted. Knit this stitch through the back loop to untwist it.

10 thoughts on “Loose Knit Column

  1. I am working on panel #9 from the Building in Color Book. Intarsia Cable
    I am not understanding exactly how to get an eight stitch increase in Color A from the
    cast on row of 8 C, 12 A, 8 C
    as after the set up row there are to be 20 Color A stitches.
    Hopefully you will be able to explain this to me.
    Thank you

  2. Another excellent, clear, easy to see (close to needles and nothing blocking view), and easy to follow as it was just the right speed, plus showing the technique in the two prevalent knitting styles. I have endlessly learned from your wonderful videos. Thank you so much for the care with which you present them.

  3. Hi. Thanks for all these fabulous videos. They have really helped me improve my knitting.

    Question on this video, though. When working the wrong side, I noticed that you don’t use the technique at all when transitioning from a knit stitch to a purl. Just wondering why?

  4. I’m happy to be of help! When knitting in the round, wrap the purl stitch after the last stitch as indicated in the video. On the next round, purl that stitch through the back loop.

  5. Hi Michelle, I’m just wondering is there a technique for fixing this problem when knitting in the round?

    I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the videos that you’ve made available. Your website is the first one I go to when I stumble upon a knitting related problem or a technique that I’m not familiar with. You explain and demonstrate everything with the minimum of waffle

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