[color="#330090"]Well, :think: You might not have been “wrong” in your wrapping at the start and if it tightened up after you switched then that would most likely be caused by twisted stitches. There is [U][B]a recent thread[/B][/U] were the direction of the wrap has been discussed, but only a brief mention of western knitting vs. knitting in the old way. Mainly because I was the one to mention that there is a difference, but since I am still learning about knitting I don’t know the “old way” of knitting.
To be clear this “old way” has nothing to do with left or right hand hand holding the yarn; It is about how you wrap the yarn around the needle and how you put the needle into the stitch to be worked.
It can be seen in how the stitches sit upon your needle.
Are slanted to the back: (Combined or “the old way”)
/ / / / / X
or slanted to the front: (Western or the modern style)
\ \ \ \ \ X
Do you knit by placing your needle through the stitch in front of the back leg (top example) or in front to of the front leg (bottom example)?
If you go into the top example from in front of the front leg then you twist the stitch making it tighter. The loop becomes crossed like an X and the new loop is pulled through the top.
There are times when you want to twist a stitch (e.g. to close a hole in an increase.)
I think Amy, who does the videos here on KH, call this “old way” combined knitting. You may want to look at the video for combined knitting. Some time ago I found a video of a tubular cast on that used only a pair of DPN’s. The way the person was knitting and purling looked very strange to me, but then the comment mentioned she used a different method. I will try to find it again and provide a link. :think:
[YOUTUBE=dH6wD2jT-TI][B]Combined Knitting[/B] by djinnj[/YOUTUBE]
Watch how she does the purls and then the knits.
So, you might not have been wrong, just using a different method.
That is why you may hear that there is no wrong way to knit.
Newer doesn’t always mean better; we often seek wisdom form our well aged elders.[/color]