Anyone who knits ribs and cables is familiar with that sloppy stitch where the rib or cable toes from knit stitch to purl stitch. Most of us tug a little more on the yarn after making that final stitch to tighten things up, but if you have a particularly egregious problem with knit-to-purl transitions, you might want to try one of the following maneuvers to see if it helps:
• The Tug: after working the knit stitch, insert the needle purlwise into the next stitch, tug the yarn tightly, then purl the stitch in the usual manner.
• Reverse wrap: When you work the purl stitch, wrap the yarn clockwise instead of counter-clockwisethis shortens the length of the strand between the knit and purl stitch. On the following wrong-side row, knit the purl stitch (now with its knit side facing) through the back loop.
• Needle tip knitting: Work both the knit stitch and the purl stitch close to the tip of the needles where the diameter is smaller.
• The Pull: After the last knit stitch, purl the next stitch and then, holding your knitting, lift the needle straight up and tighten the stitch. Repeat until there is no excess yarn between the last knit stitch and the purl stitch just made.
• The Pull (version 2): Purl the stitch, then bring the yarn to the back (as if to knit), pull tightly, bring the yarn back to purl position, and work the next stitch.