That pretty much sums this post up.
I started Tim’s gloves. They are knit with 4 DPNs. I’m supposed to knit K1P1 rib for 5 inches. And, as often happens to people, I’m getting some ladders between the stitches going from one needle to the next. The biggest ladder is at the join at the beginning of the round. Going to the next needle it isn’t as bad, barely noticeable. Between the second and third needles it’s a little bigger.
I’ve looked in books, online articles, and some message boards looking for ways to prevent ladders. Examples include pulling the second stitch on each needle more tightly, generally knitting loosely, twisting the first stitch on each needle, practice, and changing which stitches are on which needle so the looseness is scattered instead of always being between the same two stitches. All of these sound like good ideas, and I’ll probably try one after the other until I find something that works.
Here’s where you come in. Since I don’t know which technique to start with, I’m going to go with the one I find works for most people first. So, how do you prevent ladders when you knit with DPNs? Do you use one of the aforementioned techniques, or do you do something else? Have you tried several techniques and found one to be better than the others?
Oh, and please don’t tell me to switch to two circular needles. Yes, I’m sure at some point I will learn that technique as well. But I want to stick with DPNs for two reasons. Firstly, I just want to be able to master it. Secondly, I actually enjoy using DPNs. I’ve not had a problem with ladders when knitting in stockinette on DPNs, so I’m sure I can master ribbing without ladders.
Thanks in advance!