Knitting Loom Tension Issues

by Irene
(Northern Michigan)

I am a beginner on the knitting loom. I purchased a 10" wooden loom. . ."the authentic knitting board by Kb". . .and have started making the scarf using the stockinette stitch. It's really quite simple and easy. However, I am noticing that the starting edge stitch on the right side is much tighter than the return edge stitch on the left side of the scarf. Why is this? It doesn't seem like I am wrapping the pins with any different tension from one side to the other, but it does appear to be a tension problem. I can not seem to tighten the loose end stitches so they match the tighter ones, or vice versa. Any suggestions will be helpful and appreciated. Thanks.

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Feb 23, 2015
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knitting loom tension issues NEW
by: Jen Tavernier

These 2 links may help!Great blog demo with pictures:

http://thecasualloomknitter.blogspot.com/p/stockinette-stitch.html

This shows all the knit stitches, and the difference in making them, and why the tension reacts differently:

http://knittingboardchat.com/blog/archives/2543

This FAQ, you need to scroll down to the flat stitch - the 'tug' that she is mentioning, occurs after you have looped over, now a new stitch. Don't go on, go back and with your pick/hook,and tug out the new stitch loop, at least an 8th of an inch. Then continue on. This adjusts the tension as the yarn pulls as you work around, so that when you get back to those stitches in the round, you will still have enough looseness to continue knitting. The flat knit stitch gets really tight! (Also, if you forget and wrap the ewrap backwards, it gets so you can't move). been there, done that!

If you are using one of the knit stitches, the U-wrap is the best one for controlling tension, (so you don't need to tug on each stitch made. There are you tube vids on it. (loom knitting+flat stitch, loom knitting+u stitch.

Be sure to bookmark these, as they have great sources for questions that may come up on your looming adventures.

Hope this helps!

http://myteacup.com/loom_knitting/helpful_hints.htm

Feb 23, 2015
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extra yarn while knitting NEW
by: gail

I have been having a problem when I e wrap 2 rows and start to lift the bottom off by the time I get to the fourth peg I have excess yard. What am I doing wrong

Jan 17, 2013
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Tension difference. NEW
by: Jen

Hey there!

Honestly, get into Kristen's FB group, and her vid channel on youtube (Just go to you tube, and type in Kristen+Goodknit Kisses+channel)-They are all arranged under different headings. It is a godsend. she has vids for all this, how to handle, etc. They are so worth having at your fingertips. She went through and troubleshot everything, plus you get to see it.

There are also different bidndings that handle the difference for ends and starters, to bring them in line. very often, what you start with will come out looser as you get more length. It is easier t see it, the for me to try to explain it.

Please come join our group! You will be amazed dat all the great folk and all the photos , easy to navigate - Jen!

Jen!

Jan 17, 2013
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by: Jen Tavernier

Oof! so sorry I realize I wasn't clear. I think I was referring to, once you have looped /made the stitch, before starting the next, take your hook/pick, and on the stitch you just made, give a little tug on what is now looped on the peg. It will leave you some play for when you come around again to that peg - make it easier to manipulate the stitch. I have gotten really good with my tension, so I will flat knit - (loop over the top) 2 or 3 stitches, and every 3rd stitch, will pull out about an 8th to quarter inch of new looped yarn, (on the peg. This way I know that as I keep knitting around, the tension spreads out and there is always enough play in the yarn for stitches - it never gets "Tight". It evens out nicely. I have just gotten in the habit so that I don't even know I am doing this - goes fast. I wish I could post a picture!

Go to Kristn'e Vid Channel on you tube, and her group on Facebook, for astounding interactive help! Great friends, new to it and old! All helpful!
This is Kristen's loomknit club. Totally amazing!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoomKnitClub/

http://www.youtube.com/user/GoodKnitKisses
This is Kristen's youtube channel. She makes amazing videos, most on the KKs, but also Martha Stewart loom, etc. Tons of how-tos, and she has an amazing stitch (vid) directory, Starts at the beginning KKs round and longloom, and then goes way beyond, all in full color!It is loomilicious! Tons of patterns also! -

Good luck, hope this helps!

Jan 16, 2013
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by: Anonymous

I'm not sure what you mean by pull out/loosen the new wrap on every stitch just made. I'm am new to this as well and am having the same issue as above. If anyone can clarify, I would greatly appreciate it. I do plastic canvas and have recently started crocheting, but I'm lost on what you mean.

Mar 14, 2011
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Possible help on stockinette tightness
by: Jen

The one thing I saw on a blog - (sorry, don't remember which) - was that one needs to remember to pull out/loosen the new wrap on every stitch just made- because of the tightness tension factor .

this was in regards to stockinette on looms specifically - do the stitch, loosen the wrap, do the stitch, loosen the wrap - the yarn not being as stretchy in a single layer - and will pull from BOTH sides. This evens the tension out over the long run.

I started pulling out/loosening (at least twice) quite a bit on the first stitch in a row especially, and it handled my tightness factor, evened out the whole row- Hope this helps!

Jen

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