Last night I was preparing to start a new knitting project. I decided to actually find my gauge (which I have never done before, I know, bad girl) because I wanted to use my new worsted yarn instead of a sport weight that the pattern calls for. I started knitting my swatch in stockinette and suddenly my knitting looked textured to me. Hmmm...I looked at my other projects and they looked that way too.
I tried troubleshooting online, but I couldn't find any help. You see how the bottom of my swatch and the gray fabric have a twisted looking stitch? The top part is what I did after I figured it out.
The back of my work had these deep gutters! Ugh! After watching several videos online I realized that I had been purling wrong! I learned to purl from a video when I first started knitting and it was wrong! I had been wrapping my yarn in the wrong direction this whole time! Of course I found that sometimes people knit this way (it's called a crossed stockinette stitch) to add texture to their work but I want to do it right. I got to work purling the right way and all of my problems are fixed, but I'm so fumbly again. :( So now I'm a bit frustrated. Do you have any suggestions for purling continental style? I'm so slow now and that bums me out because I had really found my groove. I am happy that I found the problem before I started this project though!
Help! What is your most efficient way to purl? xo, Sam