When I knit on circular needles, my work seems to "swirl". Anybody know why?
- mickiinpodunkLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
Well, there are different answers depending on what is actually going on here.
When you say *swirl*, are you saying the yarn kinks up on itself as you work? That is a result of twist being added to the yarn as you go either by a combination of how you knit and the direction you wound your yarn into a ball. If you are moving the yarn in the direction it was plied in and the yarn twists further in that direction as you work, it kinks. To solve that put your yarn into a zip top plastic bag, close it up close to the ball and suspend it so the yarn can let the twist out. You will find yourself doing this periodically as you work.
If the needle cable still has it's kink in it from being in the package, wellllllllll, there are two things you can do. First you can ignore it, since the weight of your knitting will eventually keep this from happening, but when you finish this piece, warm the cable section only in hot water, steam from a tea kettle, or a hair dryer and pull it out straight until it is cool. Storing it without winding it up into a circle will help maintain it without a kink.
Also, sometimes our work will twist around the needle because we have more stitches than can easily be accommodated on the length of the cable, or the particular stitch pattern we are using. Again, the longer the piece becomes, the less of this twisting will happen because the weight of the project will pull it down below the needle. This can happen whether you are working in the round or flat.
The most devastating twist, however, for most knitters to discover is that when working in the round they have inadvertantly joined the ends with a twist in the cast on. There is only one point where you can fix this one without ripping out, and that's at the end of the first round where twisting the work straight isn't too noticeable. After that round, to make your inadvertant moebuius flat you have to rip it out back to the cast on and start over. A moebuis is where you have a half twist in the work. There are patterns where you want this, but preventing it when you don't means that you have to check the cast on before joining and make sure that none of the ruffling in the cast on actually goes all the way around the needle.Source(s): I have been knitting for 53 years.
- Anonymous4 years ago
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- 1 decade ago
Most people have a dominant hand. As you knit you pull the knot tighter and it causes the work to "swirl". Try knitting looser by making a conscious effort to leave the knots loose or use a larger needle. Also try to lessen the "drag"; the tension you naturally put on the yarn.
- h_bridaLv 61 decade ago
I believe this is an interaction between the twist is the yarn or thread and the direction in which you wrap or scoop it in the knitting process, rather than a tension issue.
I experimented with this, varying the direction of the wrap/scoop and it *did* affect the tendency of stockinette to skew, one way minimizing the skew and the other way exagerating it. With yarn spun with the opposite twist, it worked the other way around.