I am an advanced beginner knitter (have done a few basic projects) and I have a problem I've never encountered before:
I am knitting a baby blanket ("Checkers Baby Blanket" pattern from Lion Brand Yarn) on size 11 circular needles. I am using the circular needles to accommodate the large number of stitches in each row, turning the work as though I were knitting on straight needles. The pattern alternates k10/p10 over and over across the row.
In a few places when I am going from knitting to purling, there is a "ladder" appearing there. It's right where I go from the 10th knit stitch to the 1st purl stitch. The yarn looks sort of "stretched out" between those two stitches while I'm actually working the row.
I have tried knitting the final knit stitch extra tight and then knitting the first couple of purl stitches extra tight but this isn't helping. I have pretty good even tension when I knit, so I don't think it's due to an inconsistency in tension. Any suggestions?