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Winter's Dusk Afghan

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My First Slip-Stitch Afghan taught by Rhonda Fargnoli

Learn six slip-stitch patterns as you create an heirloom-quality afghan with rich textures and breezy, breathtaking colorwork.

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Category Knitting
Type Home Decor
Yarn Weight Worsted (10 ply)
Style Casual
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What needles did you use? US 8 / 5.0 mm / UK 6

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What materials did you use? Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Superwash: A - Aurora Heather B - Clarity C - Haze Heather D - Delft Heather E - Amethyst Heather F - Solstice Heather G - Noble Heather H - Fjord Heather I - Indigo Heather

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I experienced some of the same problem with the same logs, I don't believe the problem is keeping tension consistent, as my tension is always consistent and the logs "puckered" the rest of the piece. After knitting, I believe the pieces are just not well suited to be placed together.

01/05/2014 Flag

DrLiv and Ezwriter, "puckering" in these stranded logs is caused by carrying the yarn too tightly across the back, so it really is a tension problem for both you ladies. Of course, you don't want your back loops to be too loose, but they do have to be loose enough to not pull across the back. When I first started stranding I had the same problem, it's not unique to you. Actually every time I start a new stranded project I have to remind myself "looser, looser!" or I still have it. It's tricky, you want to maintain the tension in the actual stitches but let it go loose when carrying the yarn across the back, but with practice you'll get it right. And when you do get it right these logs will sit next to the others in perfect harmony. You could use a larger needle size on these logs until you eliminate the puckering.

01/05/2014 Flag

As soon as colour is carried, it will become tighter, please note as I mention in the video, everyone does this until become more comfortable. You can use a larger needles, maybe up one size. If you are using wool, than yes! try to block it a bit.

01/11/2014 Flag

I think one of the worst culprits for tension issues is the first log--which doesn't even have carried stitches or floats. You almost need to make the twisted stitches extra-loose because twisting them tightens them so that they pucker not just log 1, but the beginning square they're attached to. (Regular cable knitting does the exact same thing.) Once log 1 pulls in tight, it's hard to get logs 3 and 5 back to the proper width, no matter how loose you keep your floats.

03/08/2014 Flag

The instructor made the squares so she should have given clear instructions.

03/27/2014 Flag