You aren't doing anything wrong. Garter stitch is bulkier than stockinet stitch and "wider" stitch for stitch when knit with rows of garter then rows of stockinet. Remember, garter is lumpy, stockinet is smooth. This causes a difference in width which will result in some form of curling or bending between the two types of stitches. As others have recommended, go to a smaller needle and the garter stitch hem will be "pulled" in compared to the stockinet rows.
Thanks Jessica-Jean for figuring out what I was trying to say. Now to practice. I finally found this again on youtube by typing in Phalaenopsis, knitting and scrolling down till I found the video.
Jessica Jean, I just sent an e-mail to Addi, so we'll see if they respond with a suggestion of a Chiaogoo style cable that swivels at the join. Now wouldn't that be something.
Old age has crept into my gray cells and I can't find the video. Recently a KP member posted a video, in Russian, describing how to join knit squares together using a crochet hook. The edges of each square were slipped to make joining easier. If someone can point me in the right direction I'd be a happy camper. I've tried search but an not sure of the title of the posting. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Check the site verypink.com, click on blog and scroll to the bottom of the page. Type in chart reading and she'll explain about colored charts and key charts (key charts being the alphabet soup of knitting). This will give you an overview of how charts are constructed and how they are read. The library also has excellent books on lace knitting with charts. The key is understanding the symbols(and different designers and countries use different keys to represent stitches), including that gray square which is just a place holder in the pattern and doesn't represent a stitch, using lifelines and stitch markers, finding yourself a quiet corner and talking to yourself as you knit each square.
The other day someone posted a picture of a "top in vertical wavy knit" pattern. I copied the chart, which is really very simple, and played around with a flat version. To do this flat, just purl the even rows. To knit this in the round, you knit the even rows. The pattern looks complicated, it isn't as there are only 5 stitches you need to learn which Google can show you. To find this pattern, go to search on this site and type in top in vertical wavy knit pattern. I am planning to knit this pattern as a shoulder cozy rather than a top for my daughter.
You want a wash and wear yarn. Check Deborah Norville everyday worsted weight yarns from JoAnn's fabrics. I have made a number of blankets with this yarn and gone up a needle size, going from a 5mm to a 5.5mm and the stitch was just fine. Haven't tried a 6mm yet but an tempted.
Maybe we should contact Skacel and suggest the company change out the cables to something akin to the Chiaogoo red twist cables. Now that would make many of us happy.
Different cast-on methods for different situations. The books mentioned and videos guide us with various approaches but it's practice, practice, practice to get them right and know which one works better or even best in a particular situation. As an example, when making a lace shawl and the pattern says cast-on with a stretchy cast-on, experiment with the various stretchy versions. The long tail cast-on is not as stretchy as Jeny's version.
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Find a pattern with a fold over flap for the fingers. This way she won't have to remove the socks to eat or wash.
Go to Ravelry and type in simple shawls. You need to decide the following criteria: rectangle, crescent, asymmetric, triangular, round, square, butterfly. That's just the shape. Then decide if you want simple lace with the pattern on just one side and a knit or purl on the back side or more complicated with patterns on both sides. Of course there is a chart to consider or pages and pages of words. Then there's also the shoulder shawl. It can become somewhat complicated but not impossible. Or you can do the following from Ravelry..."So Cozy Warmer" which when made with light weight yarn and larger needles can become not only a shoulder cozy but also a cowl.
To be on the safe side I use a few methods at once...row counter to begin with and as a back up a pervious month's calendar page and place tally marks in each date box. With this last method you can only have 31 rows of pattern. And when I can't find any row counters I just number a piece of paper and mark after each number. This paper is clipped to the pattern so as not to be lost.
Continental. Take into consideration the following. We knit from right to left. Read a chart. It goes from right to left. Make life simple for your granddaughter because knitting can be confusing enough with its alphabet soup of letter combinations and stitches. My daughter keeps telling me the following...KISS...keep it simple stupid as I combine two different patterns to create a third.
Caron Simply soft is really too soft for what you want to do especially with a size 13 needle. Try for a more substantial yarn such as Deborah Norville worsted yarns and a smaller needle. Or go to a chunky weight yarn and a bigger needle or hook. Ravelry.com, free to join, will have plenty of patterns in crochet for what you want to make. Type in your requirements in search and see what is available, either free or for pay.
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