You’ve seen it. It’s especially visible on the wrong side of stockinette stitch. I’m talking about the gap that happens between every two rows. Some knitters say that this gap is a minor imperfection that confirms that their project is handmade. Others try to avoid stockinette stitch altogether (I know, I did…).
It’s not that this gap is bad and ruins the look of the project. No. Hand knitting is not about being perfect, it’s about enjoying the feel of the fibre and the soothing rhythm of making one stitch after another.
If you do want to improve the look of the fabric and to get rid of that gap, I’ll show you two ways to do it.
First, let’s understand why the gap happens. It becomes visible when one of the two rows (either the knit or the purl row) is looser than the other one.
That’s why it never happens when we work in stockinette stitch in the round. There are no purl rows.
Usually, we tend to make the purl row looser than the knit one, but it may not be true for your personal style.
That’s it. Perfect tension and no gaps between the rows.
The full step-by-step photo tutorial about this method, is a part of the Knitting Collection #1. Once you order your copy of this collection, you will instantly receive a “big PDF” (190 pages!) with this and 22 other tutorials included in the collection.
If you enjoyed this tutorial,
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“Matching Cast Ons and Bind Offs” Book
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“Neat Side Edges” Book
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How to Shape Neckline Without Binding Off Stitches – E-Book