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Knitting Problem- halp!

Over a year ago, I started knitting a skirt. I ended up experimenting with the waist band in a way that didn't work out, and I in the end I got frustrated and put it aside. Just today, I decided to pick it up again and try to salvage it. I undid several rows at the top, and found, to my surprise, that they weren't unraveling the way knitted work should, but rather getting stuck, knotted, etc. I didn't think much of it, but when I'd finally undid to the point that I wanted, I found myself facing a really, really bizarre knit-like stitch.




I'm sorry the photo is craptastic, but I tried to clarify where things are with the painted lines. The red is the stitch, the green the previous row. As you can see, the yarn is twisted through it, such that the previous stitch is neither around to the front (purl) or around to the back (knit), but rather woven through. Therefore, if you try to pull it out, it gets caught, rather than just undoing. How did I accomplish this?? I don't even. I can knit the stitches reasonably fine, but I really would like to know what on earth I did to get it twisted like that. I've been puzzling over what I would have had to do and I can't seem to figure it out--every knit or purl stitch variation SHOULD come out with a loop, not a knot, right? It seems to me that many of the previous rows are also like this. I started this project so long ago that I don't really remember the details, but I'm fairly certain that I was just doing (or TRYING to do) a normal rib.

If anyone has ever seen this before or has any idea what is going on I'd be very grateful as I am incredibly curious. :3 Thanks in advance!

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ilea
Nov. 10th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
I'd like to see a close up of the stitches themselves. I'm will to bet you twist your knit stitches. I used to do that and everything would knot up if I tried frogging it.
arrowwhiskers
Nov. 11th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
I can try to take a better picture when there is daylight...but I'm curious what you mean by "twist" the stitches...do you mean knit through the back of the loop? Cause I've done that a lot and it doesn't create this kind of knot, really :\
goldenapple82
Nov. 10th, 2012 05:50 am (UTC)
I'm guessing you twisted your stitches. I used to purl my stitches wrong knitting in the continental style and twist them. They untwist on their own on the next round when knitting in the round, but not flat (or maybe the other way around). My work was a big mess until I figured this out and learned to purl correctly.
arrowwhiskers
Nov. 11th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
This is interesting...another commenter said this as well, and I can't figure out a way I could have twisted it that it would come out like this and not unravel somehow. :( I also am preeeetty sure that I'm not knitting through the back, though I don't have any other explanation. I'll definitely have to watch some how-to videos just to make sure though. :)
redshadow43
Nov. 10th, 2012 07:11 pm (UTC)
did you....
I'm curious, did you unravel from the top of the work, or from the bottom (the part you'd casted on with rather than bound off last) because whenever I unravel from the bottom i get those kind of knots.
arrowwhiskers
Nov. 11th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
Re: did you....
This is actually a really interesting idea! I definitely unravelled it from the top, though. But I wonder what about casting on versus binding off (or the direction the stitches were made in) that makes it make knots versus not. Thanks for the thought. :)
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