I’ve spoken a bit previously about recently changing my tension and increasing my knitting speed but, I hadn’t shared specifics or visuals of how. After discussing it without knowing how to properly explain otherwise I feel a post is best.
So first I wrap my yarn around my wrist were the working half of the yarn is over the wrist and heading away from the body. The half pulling from the ball or cake of yarn will be under.
This I do for both knit and purl stitches which greatly decreases my need to drop the yarn to re-tension differently. I also pull my arms towards my chest to minimize movement and to add a bit more tension on the end of the yarn strand coming from the ball. (It works some how)
For knit stitches this is the way I tension the yarn around my hand.
And I knit.
For purl this is how I tension my yarn.
I then purl by swirling my thumb towards my palm which lowers muscle strain, aches, and joint pain. (I have tendinitis/carpal tunnel in my hands. Doctors differ in their opinions)
When it comes to the next row. Instead of picking up my work and turning it I do this:
After the last stitch I take the just worked needle (the one the stitches ended on) and bend it towards me instead of away. And start knitting. *This way I won’t have to keep lifting up the work to turn back and forth and it should not tangle. The outside of the work will always be the outside because I’m not twisting it. It’s like knitting in the round although I’m knitting flat. I’ll try to show a picture.
For tutorial purposes say the picture above is the end of the row. I’ll take the current right needle and bend it towards me using my left hand. (The working yarn as you can see is already tensioned from the previous row.) Then I’ll take the left needle and swoop it backwards to bring it around to my right hand. Work has been turned without fiddling with the weight of the project and I can keep knitting.
The video link below by laylock on YouTube and Ravelry will show how I purl but using my tension method shown above.
*Edited for clarification & to add video.
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