Holding the working yarn higher up on the strand and closer to my work usually works for me to tighten gauge. It's a life saver on the wrist.
Thank you for the useful tip!
For Misbird: I know everything I've read about knitting usually says not to pull the yarn after you've knit the stitch to tighten it but I think in your case it would be beneficial. I would try to knit each stitch as tight as you can and if it doesn't end up as tight as you wanted, give the working yarn a little pull before going onto the next stitch. I hope that helps!
Thank you for the great tip!
hey, I love to play with yarn, and when crochet I almost always crochet to tight. But with knitting I knit much to loose! Now normally I would solve this by going down a few needle sizes, but once you get to a certain size needles it really isn't very practical to size down. I want to do socks but the needles are so small I really am worried. Is there anything I can to to tighten my knitting?
My tried-and-true technique for getting gauge is to go up/down a needle size or two myself. But you’re right — what works for tightening knitting on a sweater with worsted weight yarn may not work so well with socks and skinny yarn.
The only advice I’ve seen online discussing this particular issue can essentially be boiled down to “just knit more slowly and make sure you’re knitting more tightly.” Which is… not always the easiest advice to implement, even if it makes sense.
Does anyone have any advice for misbird?
Re: where to find cheap needles, Tuesday Morning has them and amazon is great to buy them (I get my clover and takumi bamboo needles from them)
Thank you so much for the tip!
There isn’t a Tuesday Morning near me, but I’ve heard wonderful things about bargains people find there. And I agree, Amazon is a go-to for sure for affordable knitting needles and such.