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    Posted: 23 Mar 2012 at 10:50pm
So apparently I have tension issues with knitting. Meaning that when I knit, I pull the thread too tight so that its really hard (impossible!) to get my needles through. any tips on how you get the right amount of tension?

i guess i'm more tense then i thought :)
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I know the knitting books talk about pulling your loop tight, but I don't really need too.  or not much.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote musicmama Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Mar 2012 at 10:38am
I agree w/ Erin.  When you wrap for the loop, experiment w/ just leaving it hanging, & not holding it as you put it through the original stitch.  It will have natural tension that might be enough.  Also, regularly stop and check your hands.  The more you are gripping, the tighter the knitting will be.  You could practice making a straight dishcloth in stockinette or garter stitch.  Since it's back and forth endlessly, it gives you time to focus on nothing but relaxing as you work.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote mommyjessica Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Mar 2012 at 10:45am
Yeah, lots of practice for me. Once i realized i needed to relax more, my stitches seemed too loose at first, but once I would get into it a ways, it started looking better.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote J2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Mar 2012 at 11:02am
thanks ladies! i keep on trying to get it more relaxed but its not clicking yet. hopefully soon though :)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote J2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Apr 2012 at 11:24pm
I'm still not making much progress with relaxing my stitches. i seem to be able to relax a couple, but by the end of the row they are all tight again. i've been watching some youtube vids to try and get an ideas on how to hold my hands but it doesn't seem to work. i've also tried just leaving the thread loose by not holding it at all and that doesn't work either.

i guess its just more practice I need!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Sarah2106 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Apr 2012 at 11:41pm
Have you tried different yarn? I know some yarn I have a tougher time keeping a good tension compared to others. Like the feel of it running through my fingers, somehow I am better with some yarns vs. other.

Have you tried a different method - Continental vs. American?

It is also one of those things that just take practice to get the feel for it. I crochet and my mom was always amazed at my tension somehow it just clicked, she crochets and has a tough time with tension. I have another friend and she said the same thing - starts out tight gets loose and then back to tight. Now knitting, I am not nearly there yet, still practicing and getting the feel for it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote J2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Apr 2012 at 12:01am
I haven't firgure out the different mehtods yet but thats a good idea. i've just not been holding the thread at all, other then to wrap around the needles.
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What type of yarn are you using? (material-wise... Like cotton, wool acrylic) And what are your needles made out of?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote J2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Apr 2012 at 9:39am
I've been using cotton (bernat brand) because I have heard they ae good for dishcloths. I also have two types of needles, the aluminum ones that come in my kit and the bamboo ones. i seem to do a bit better with the bamboo ones so those are the ones i am currently practicing with.

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