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Jan 11, 2017 11:43:39   #
gardenpoet (a regular here)
 
I was just reading a tutorial on twisted stitch knitting on the Love Knitting blog(http://blog.loveknitting.com/the-tip-jar-twisted-stitches/?blog_page=/twisted-knit-rib-winter-hat/) in which the writer is explains "[one of the] most common ways stitches get twisted by accident is that either the knitter is wrapping his or her yarn in the wrong direction." She states that the correct way to do it is," Your yarn should be going clockwise around the needle, so it would go under on the left and over to the right."

This threw me, as I wrap counter clockwise-- but my stockinette stitches don't look like the example the blogger shows of twisted stitches. So I went back to Very Pink's first "How To Knit" video and she very clearly shows wrapping counter clockwise and even says "wrap counter clockwise."
http://verypink.com/2010/03/13/video-the-knit-stitch/

What the heck? I learned to knit just last April and have been working hard at learning, and want to make sure I am doing it right. Now is the time for me to establish good habits. I'd love to hear from an experienced knitter about this discrepancy. Or did I misunderstand the blogger?
 
Jan 11, 2017 12:04:50   #
krestiekrew (a regular here)
 
Interesting question
Jan 11, 2017 12:07:00   #
Butterfly1943 (a regular here)
 
I have always wrapped counter clockwise. Waiting to hear what others have to say.
Jan 11, 2017 12:11:54   #
impatient knitter (a regular here)
 
I, too, wrap counter-clockwise. It is ONLY my own opinion, but I think as long as you are consistent, wrapping in the same direction throughout a project, it'll look just fine!
Jan 11, 2017 12:35:49   #
jinx (a regular here)
 
Perhaps she said something before or after that would make wrapping clockwise correct. Was she talking about YO's?
The leg of the stitch closest to you should be a bit in front of the leg on the back of the stitch to avoid a twist.
Jan 11, 2017 12:36:39   #
martyr (a regular here)
 
I think I never paid attention to this until recently - which explains some of my results! I did a number of searches on-line and in the books I have and most teach counterclockwise. However just like knitting through the back loop, some knitters learned that other way. I think what matters most is that you are consistent with how you form your stitches - both with which leg is first and which way you wrap your yarn. I found the Lucy Neatby class on Craftsy most interesting about these basics. She is droll and teaches using huge needles and plastic yarn that retains the stitch shape so you see just what she is talking about.
 
Jan 11, 2017 12:45:51   #
gardenpoet (a regular here)
 
jinx wrote:
Perhaps she said something before or after that would make wrapping clockwise correct. Was she talking about YO's?
The leg of the stitch closest to you should be a bit in front of the leg on the back of the stitch to avoid a twist.


I tried to quote the pertinent parts of the blogger's post, but if you look at the link I gave, it states in whole:

"The two most common ways stitches get twisted by accident is that either the knitter is wrapping his or her yarn in the wrong direction, or stitches were picked up and placed on the needle incorrectly before knitting them. You can correct an incorrectly-oriented stitch either by knitting or purling through the back loop, as outlined above, or by re-orienting the stitch before knitting it. To re-orient the stitch, assuming the back leg is forward (or the stitch looks like it opens to the right instead of the left), slip it purlwise to the right needle, and then insert the left-hand needle knit-wise, into the middle of the stitch from front to back over the leg closest to you, to slip it back to the left-hand needle.

To correct it if you are winding the yarn the wrong way, you have to know you are doing it first. Your yarn should be going clockwise around the needle, so it would go under on the left and over to the right. If you are winding your yarn backward on either your knit or your purl row, then your stitches will be twisted. You may need a second set of eyes to watch you wrap your yarn, since you may be so used to looking at your yarn while you knit. This is where your roommate, employee from a local yarn shop, or a mirror come into play."

It really looks like she is saying that wrapping counter clockwise is "wrong" and results in twisted stitches, but mine don't look like the example photos she included.

Thanks everyone for your replies. I think I'll continue to go with counterclockwise following Very Pink's tutorial, and be consistent as many suggested. Unless...I have been thinking of learning Continental before I get so far into my knitting learning that it is too hard, and perhaps a clockwise wrap works better for Continental?
Jan 11, 2017 12:55:35   #
knitteerli (a regular here)
 
Counter clockwise for me. Doesn't matter so long as you are consistent.
Jan 11, 2017 13:03:09   #
jinx (a regular here)
 
Seems wrong to me. Maybe she needs to revisit this information. I knit continental and wrap counter clockwise. I know some people who wrap clockwise, but then work into the back of the stitch to avoid the twist.
gardenpoet wrote:
I tried to quote the pertinent parts of the blogger's post, but if you look at the link I gave, it states in whole:

"The two most common ways stitches get twisted by accident is that either the knitter is wrapping his or her yarn in the wrong direction, or stitches were picked up and placed on the needle incorrectly before knitting them. You can correct an incorrectly-oriented stitch either by knitting or purling through the back loop, as outlined above, or by re-orienting the stitch before knitting it. To re-orient the stitch, assuming the back leg is forward (or the stitch looks like it opens to the right instead of the left), slip it purlwise to the right needle, and then insert the left-hand needle knit-wise, into the middle of the stitch from front to back over the leg closest to you, to slip it back to the left-hand needle.

To correct it if you are winding the yarn the wrong way, you have to know you are doing it first. Your yarn should be going clockwise around the needle, so it would go under on the left and over to the right. If you are winding your yarn backward on either your knit or your purl row, then your stitches will be twisted. You may need a second set of eyes to watch you wrap your yarn, since you may be so used to looking at your yarn while you knit. This is where your roommate, employee from a local yarn shop, or a mirror come into play."

It really looks like she is saying that wrapping counter clockwise is "wrong" and results in twisted stitches, but mine don't look like the example photos she included.

Thanks everyone for your replies. I think I'll continue to go with counterclockwise following Very Pink's tutorial, and be consistent as many suggested. Unless...I have been thinking of learning Continental before I get so far into my knitting learning that it is too hard, and perhaps a clockwise wrap works better for Continental?
I tried to quote the pertinent parts of the blogge... (show quote)
Jan 11, 2017 13:10:32   #
jinx (a regular here)
 
After reading the entire article I believe she may have a problem with left and right and clockwise and counterclockwise.
Jan 11, 2017 13:13:49   #
scumbugusa (a regular here)
 
Always counter clockwise.
 
Jan 11, 2017 13:17:27   #
GrumpyGramma (a regular here)
 
"Your yarn should be going clockwise around the needle, so it would go under on the left and over to the right."

As I read it and try to follow what is written, this is describing how to wrap the yarn counterclockwise.

Saying there is a right way to do it in the first place bothers me. Combined knitters do things differently and it comes out the way it should. There seems to be a basic assumption that the way this particular person knits is the right way.
Jan 11, 2017 13:38:30   #
fergablu2 (a regular here)
 
I wrap the yarn counter-clockwise, apparently, I had to knit a few stitches to see, and I've had no trouble with twisted stitches since beginning to learn to knit continental and doing the purl stitch incorrectly. If you don't have a problem with twisted stitches, don't worry about it. There is no right way to knit as long as you acheive the result you desire, and are consistent.
Jan 11, 2017 13:55:43   #
dragonfly7673 (a regular here)
 
jinx wrote:
After reading the entire article I believe she may have a problem with left and right and clockwise and counterclockwise.


That was my thought too because to me "under on the left and over to the right" is counter clockwise but the blogger called it clockwise.
Jan 11, 2017 14:01:04   #
gardenpoet (a regular here)
 
dragonfly7673 wrote:
That was my thought too because to me "under on the left and over to the right" is counter clockwise but the blogger called it clockwise.


"under on the left and over to the right" seems to me to be describing clockwise-- sort of the righty-tighty description, which is clockwise.

Initially I thought she may be confused too. Given that so many younger people only learn to read digital clocks, they don't have the sense of clockwise that we (more mature and very much smarter folks!) learned as second nature.

That was gentle sarcasm trying to be humorous, that smarter description. Please don't reply negatively about that.
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