One of the biggest issues that could happen when we work in the round is a column of long horizontal strands that appears between the needles. This column is called a “ladder” because it looks a lot like a ladder.
Ladders are rare in projects with many stitches, but they are quite common in seamless projects that have a small circumference, like socks, mittens, small hats and sleeves.
They are usually more prominent in projects worked with double-pointed needles, especially when we use four needles instead of five. But ladders also happen in projects worked with two circular needles or with one long circular needle using the magic loop technique.
Because ladders are caused by an uneven tension, the best way to get rid of this issue is to improve our knitting tension in general. This is a big goal that could take years of diligent knitting to achieve.
Meanwhile, we can use a very simple method that completely eliminates ladders in any project worked with any type of needles.
Let’s see how it works.
If the ladders in your projects are barely visible, you can keep them from forming if you hold the right and the left needles almost parallel to each other to make the fabric as flat as possible when you work the first couple of stitches on the left needle. This method is described as “tip #4” in this tutorial
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