Whether we use double-pointed needles, two circular needles or one circular needle and the magic loop method, we often notice that the strands between every two groups of stitches in our seamless project are longer than the strands between stitches within the fabric.
These longer strands form a vertical element that resembles a ladder. That’s why this imperfection is called “laddering”.
We’ve already discussed a sure way to prevent this issue from happening. If you need a reminder, follow this link. This way works every time, but it is a bit fiddly and time-consuming.
Recently, I’ve discovered an easier and quicker solution that keeps our projects (even small ones) ladder-free without any need to move the beginning of the round, or rearrange the stitches in any other way.
Let’s see how this method works for seamless projects worked on double-pointed and circular needles.
As is the case with any new method we learn, you might feel a bit awkward as you use this trick for the first time.
Don’t get discouraged. After a few rounds, the process of unfolding the fabric and holding the “previous” double-pointed needle or the cable of a circular needle will come naturally to you.
You will develop a micro habit that will make sure none of your projects will ever feature unsightly vertical “ladders” running through the fabric.
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