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How to fix laddering
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Jul 21, 2011 11:11:17   #
dvbegs
 
The easiest way to prevent laddering is this one I use on any circular knitting. When you start working on a new row, following your pattern, WORK 2 STITCHES BEFORE YOU TIGHTEN THE WORKING THREAD. This prevents the working thread from slipping (making that ladder) and it is practically foolproof.
 
Jul 21, 2011 11:14:41   #
5mmdpns
 
Sewbizgirl wrote:
That's why I knit socks on 4dpn with a 5th working needle... There is much less tension at the point between the needles, so no ladders... Much more comfortable to hold and work, too.

That's purely my opinion and experience, but I'm sticking to it!


You are right about this for yourself. I too am a dpn sock knitter and find that knitting with a 5th needle is so great especially when picking up the stitches along the heel flap. :thumbup:
Jul 21, 2011 11:17:34   #
5mmdpns
 
epzan wrote:
I'm working on two at a time toe up socks on circular knitting needles. How do I prevent laddering? Do I just need to knit more tightly at the edge? Is there any way to tighten what I've already done?

thanks for the help.


I am a long time sock knitter. I use the dpns, cuff down. Dont fret about these ladders. They happen. One thing, even after years of knitting socks, you will still get the occaisional ladder happening. You dont have to worry about these because you can rinse out and block the socks to remove these ladders. Works every time. Blocking evens out the tension in one's knitting. Ask me how I know!! :-D
Jul 21, 2011 14:11:22   #
vgillies
 
Sewbizgirl wrote:
That's why I knit socks on 4dpn with a 5th working needle... There is much less tension at the point between the needles, so no ladders... Much more comfortable to hold and work, too.

That's purely my opinion and experience, but I'm sticking to it!


I also use 5 needles. I started using BRYSPUN flexible needles Made in New Zealand for socks and fingerless gloves. There are short, plastic needles and I find it much easier to hold and control rather than the longer metal DPNs.
Jul 21, 2011 16:13:43   #
BarbaraSC
 
I've made many 2 at a time toe up socks with the magic loop and have found that just making sure my first group of stitches are on the needle and the tips are close together on the first knit stitch works. I haven't experienced any ladders. Also, I don't push the new stitches down to the cable until after I've knit at least 10 stitches - keeps any stress of the yarn at the join. I never made socks with dbl pnts - started with magic loop, did one pair knitting one sock at a time and immediately learned the 2 at a time method. I'd never do anything else - when I'm done with one, I'm done with both!!
Jul 21, 2011 17:46:54   #
Lightwriter
 
I just recently finished my first toe up sock. I found if I pulled not only the first stitch tightly, but also the second and third stitch that the ladders disappeared.

I didn't much enjoy doing the sock; am taking a break before I do the second one. Maybe the sock addiction bug is going to miss me!

Good Luck!
 
Jul 21, 2011 17:58:22   #
CathyAnn
 
Sewbizgirl wrote:
That's why I knit socks on 4dpn with a 5th working needle... There is much less tension at the point between the needles, so no ladders... Much more comfortable to hold and work, too.

That's purely my opinion and experience, but I'm sticking to it!


I agree. I've only knit 2 pairs so far, but using dpn's, no laddering. In addition, I always pull the first stitch on each needle tighter as "insurance". Also, I use Brittany birch dpn's -- like them very much.
Jul 21, 2011 18:18:54   #
CamillaDesertMouse
 
LOL Sewbizgirl...I too prefer that method for my socks..I knit different lacy patterns and for ME is easier that way.
No ladders and no biggie to just snug up the 2nd stitch on each needle...comes second nature after a short time.
But I am learning 2 at a time toe up...just to expand my sock knowledge.

Camilla




Sewbizgirl wrote:
That's why I knit socks on 4dpn with a 5th working needle... There is much less tension at the point between the needles, so no ladders... Much more comfortable to hold and work, too.

That's purely my opinion and experience, but I'm sticking to it!
Jul 21, 2011 20:36:35   #
circularsolution
 
We each have to do what we are comfortable with. That is why there are different strokes for different folks. Wouldn't life and all be so boring if we all liked the same.
Jul 21, 2011 21:12:47   #
5mmdpns
 
circularsolution wrote:
We each have to do what we are comfortable with. That is why there are different strokes for different folks. Wouldn't life and all be so boring if we all liked the same.


I agree. What is one person's euphoria in knitting is not necessarily another's. We can all benefit from everyone's knowledge but we must remember that it is not up to us to pressure someone else into knitting "our" way. We can share from our experience but the individual knitter needs to try things until they find what it is they are looking for. It is so nice to see so many answers for something in knitting. And even though I have been knitting for a long long time, I like to read other's experiences and advice. ie. I am a sock knitter and have knit from the cuff down on dpns. I have tried toe up socks and I am not happy doing them. I would like to learn to knit socks on one circular or two circulars to see if I would like that way. But I havent found a "pattern" that makes sense to me yet. So right now the dpn way is the way for me to go. :thumbup: :-)
Jul 21, 2011 21:21:58   #
epzan
 
Thanks for all the suggestions. I was looking on youtube, but looked for laddering, which didn't get me anywhere (at least for knitting). The magic loop video was easy to follow and I will try that.
 
Jul 21, 2011 21:25:07   #
epzan
 
Thanks. I was also going to try an entrelac pattern using two at a time toe up, but decided that was just crazy. I'll try that AFTER I do this first pair.

:D
Jul 22, 2011 00:12:47   #
josiehof
 
Hi,

Once again what is laddering?

josiehof
Jul 22, 2011 00:28:40   #
CathyAnn
 
josiehof wrote:
Hi,

Once again what is laddering?

josiehof


It is when you knit in the round and do not pull the stitches tighter BETWEEN needles to make them closer to each other (of the last stitch on one needle and the first stitch on the next). It sometimes happens with double pointed needles as well as circular ones. The repeated spaces between the stitches at that particular spot in the rows creates a "ladder" effect. (I hope I am being clear. If not, let me know and I'll try to describe it better.)
Jul 22, 2011 10:34:25   #
circularsolution
 
You were very clear. For anyone who has done much sock knitting, ladders are the bane of our existance. But can be handled. Some knitters do not mind them and othey are driven out of their minds.
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