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How to tell right side in garter stitch knitting
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Jul 26, 2013 06:41:33   #
JoanJ
 
I have looked at several web sites and gotten as many different answers. I know my people on KP can help me the most. Pattern says to knit 3 1/2 inches in garter stitch ending on WS. How do you tell which is the right or wrong side in garter stitch? Thanks in advance.
 
Jul 26, 2013 06:44:55   #
Nanny Mon
 
Your cast on tag should be at the left hand side of your needle if you are right handed.
Jul 26, 2013 06:46:07   #
kipsalot
 
A good reason not to knit your tail in.
Jul 26, 2013 06:49:22   #
britgirl
 
Note which side your tail is on when you start and use one of those safety pin markers on the right side.

Sue
Jul 26, 2013 06:53:21   #
davidw1226
 
There are a couple of things you can do. Depending on your cast on method, pay attention to the tail when you knit your first row. For example, with the long tail cast on the tail will be on the right for the first and all odd numbered rows. This is usually the right side. The tail will be on the left for the wrong side. It depends on how you cast on. A cable cast on is the opposite. The tail for row one is on the left. You can also knit two or three rows and place a clip on marker (the one that looks like a safety pin) on the right side. I hope this is helpful. Happy knitting!
Jul 26, 2013 07:12:23   #
laurelarts (a regular here)
 
davidw1226 wrote:
There are a couple of things you can do. Depending on your cast on method, pay attention to the tail when you knit your first row. For example, with the long tail cast on the tail will be on the right for the first and all odd numbered rows. This is usually the right side. The tail will be on the left for the wrong side. It depends on how you cast on. A cable cast on is the opposite. The tail for row one is on the left. You can also knit two or three rows and place a clip on marker (the one that looks like a safety pin) on the right side. I hope this is helpful. Happy knitting!
There are a couple of things you can do. Depending... (show quote)


Perfect answer!
 
Jul 26, 2013 07:43:39   #
knit-faced
 
Yes, Dennis, PERFECT!! So, NannyMon, the key is to mark/pin your front very early on. Reading through the pattern, before casting on, though it may seem dreary, often times warns of these necessitties.
Jul 26, 2013 07:47:13   #
I.honey
 
Instead of a safety pin, i use a stud earring to mark front/ back.
Jul 26, 2013 08:11:54   #
Dsynr (a regular here)
 
I snip off a bit of the "tail" and tie it to the "front" or right side [RS], whichever side the PATTERN SAYS IS THE RIGHT SIDE. If the pattern doesn't say, it's the first row I work.


NB: Whichever side you have for the RS, be consistent.
Jul 26, 2013 08:44:14   #
Yarn Happy
 
I go by the cast on, just look at the cast on and decide which side you like best, that is the right side, the balance of the garter is the same, once you decide which side you want out, just mark that side with a marker.

I always you long tail cast on, so my first row I count as a wrong side row, other cast on are different so you can not really go by the tail, just look at both sides and pick the one you like best for the right side.
Jul 26, 2013 09:10:04   #
desireeross (a regular here)
 
I.honey wrote:
Instead of a safety pin, i use a stud earring to mark front/ back.


I love that idea, thank you
 
Jul 26, 2013 09:13:38   #
Sherry1
 
I just started a Plymouth pattern last night all garter stitch.

Direction say cast on 54 stitches, knit next row and mark as right side. Nice when the pattern tells you!
Jul 26, 2013 09:18:55   #
mirl56 (a regular here)
 
After an inch or so, I look at the piece from both sides, particularly how the bottom edge looks. The right side has the bottom edge that looks nicest to me. No matter what the pattern says, I may like the other side better. Doesn't matter which side the beginning tail is on as that can change depending on which cast on method you use.
Jul 26, 2013 10:10:25   #
kknit
 
Thanks for the question AND the answers!! I get confused sometimes and then other times I am right on! Have a good weekend!
Jul 26, 2013 14:26:13   #
JoanJ
 
Thank all of you for your thoughts. These are basically what I did, but I think I just wanted clarification.
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