22 November 2008

Quality Control


We've all heard the news about the poor quality in products. Don't you just hate it when you get something and it's not what you expected because of poor quality control? (Read on because there is a little bit of quilt content.)

Quality control is going up around La Casa del Quilter. How? By starting with a lowly pair of socks. I have problems with gussets; there, I've said it. The stitches at the ends of the rows on the heel flaps were tightened up but the problems still persisted. After extensive research, here is how the problem is fixed:
  • On the purl row of the flap, slip the first stitch purl-wise with the yarn behind the stitch instead of in front. This essentially wraps the slipped stitch.
  • Knit the last stitch in the purl row instead of purling it. This produces a chain effect that is the same as the other side of the heel flap.
  • Pick up the stitches in the gusset using a needle that is one-to-two sizes smaller than the rest of the knitting.
  • Then after picking up the stitches, knit through the back loop (tbl) so that the stitches will twist and make a tighter join, which also reduces the chance for holes.
Detective work pays off and the gusset looks much neater. The next problem is on the other side of the gusset where the decrease stitches are found. There is a bit of a gap between the decrease stitches and the next knit stitch that a non-knitter probably would not notice, but a knitter would notice. Just remembering to snug the yarn a bit will take care of that problem.

A swap quilt recently came under the quality control scrutiny. The free motion quilting in the negative area between the bamboo and dragonfly was all wrong. By removing all the wrong color and weight thread and then re-quilting using a lighter weight thread in a matching color the design just sang.

Quality: it is something I can control.

*Image from MS Clipart


  1. I'm doing a bit of frogging in the name of quality control...can't say that it's my favorite thing to do, lol, but I can't leave errors or so so work go without a little fixin'. Thanks for the tip on the sock issue. I started my felted bag project! I like this knitting thing...

  2. It can be a difficult choice sometimes to remove those stitches . . . but after I do, I'm always glad *s*

  3. I used to do a lot for quality control. I said that a quality inspection had to be done between each direction in a pattern. I have slacked off a bit lately with more casual quilts, but after seeing my sharp points on my parfait quilt, I think I may have to be a stricter enforcer!

  4. Impressive -- quality control can be a lot of work, but it's almost always more than worth it.

  5. Quality Control always paye off.
    Love the finished quilt in the previous post.Well done!

  6. I just took soom quilting out last night myself...and even though I moaned about it for an hour and looks so much better!!

  7. I'm my own worst critic and know that if I were in charge of quality control very little would pass inspection... it's both a blessing and a curse at the same time!

  8. Thanks for the info. Always good to knit socks at this time of year.

  9. Quality control sounds like something done with a seam ripper, but thanks for your knitting advice, my sox have those gaps and now I can try your method to fill them in. I hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving!

  10. I'm keeping all the knitting tips for later. I plan to take a knitting class after the year so I can finally learn why I make my cast on stitches with a death grip on the needle! once day I might just get it!