What am I doing wrong?

Another knitting post today I’m afraid – but don’t worry I have some sewing stuff queued up to post about so this should hopefully be the last knitting post for a little while. However today I was hoping that there’s someone out there that knows what I’m doing wrong with my knitting. I’ve just been practicing my knitting and purling but knitting up some stocking stitch on some big needles. However when I looked closely at my work I’m doing something wrong on some of my purl rows, and I have no idea what it is. I was hoping that by posting a picture someone might see it and be able to tell me what I’m doing wrong.

Can you see that in the lower rows the yarn just does a loop, whereas in a few of the rows it does a kind of twist when it’s looping? I’ve outlined the rows in the image below, in green how it’s supposed to be, and in red how the “wrong” rows are:

From counting back I’m pretty sure this is happening on my purl rows, but not on all of them – one of them of 6 doesn’t have it. (But it’s entirely possible that it’s on my knit rows and I’ve counted wrong, either way it’s on alternating rows). Any ideas?

(Thanks in advance!)

EDIT: I think I worked it out – I think I was wrapping the yarn around the needle the wrong way on the knit stitches. Those in the know, does that sound right?


  1. Anonymous

    Just a guess without research but possibly twisted stitches? I.e. needle going in the wrong side of the stitch? Good luck :) – Kel

  2. Meredith

    I agree that it's a twisted stitch, meaning you're putting your right needle in the stitch on the left needle the wrong way before you wrap your yarn and pull it through, either on a knit or a purl row.

    I'm not very good at explaining knitting with words, but try searching "twisted stitch" on youtube. I bet you'll find something that can set you straight!

  3. myowninspiration

    You may be knitting into the back of the purl stitch instead of the front of it, thereby twisting the stitches.

    The right hand needle goes from right to left in front of the left hand needle, not from underneath. You knit into the back of the knit stitches and in front of the purl stitches.

    Give me about 20 minutes and I will put some pictures on my blog to show the right and wrong way.

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  5. Claire

    Definitely twisted stitches…knitting through the back of the stitch instead of the front. Very sensible to practise on big needles so you can see what you're doing!

  6. Christina

    Definitely a twisted stitch. On the purl stitch just be sure you wrap over the top of the needle, not under it.


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