Okay - I'm confused about holding the yarn when I knit .....
If I hold the yarn like all the pictures I see online (like the pic at the top of this page: http://www.wonderful-things.com/newknit2.htm
) my stitches are REALLY tight and I have a hard time getting the needle through. I hold the needles with both hands and wrap the yarn around with my right index and try to keep the tension even.
If I don't hold the yarn like this I hold both needles with my left hand as they are shown in the picture, and wrap the yarn around with my right hand. I sort of get tension as I hold the yarn loosely between my thumb and index finger with the needle wraped in the rest of my fingers. This gives me nice even stitches if I only knit and don't purl. If I try k1p1 this way, it's a loose jumbled up mess.
I wish I could get pictures, but I can't at the moment - no digi cam.
I would normally go ask the person who taught me this craft, but it was my mom and she lives halfway across the country now. And I know no other knitters.... (yes, this is me begging for sympathy in hopes that somebody will give me some pointers)
HELP!!!! It's making me crazy
Nothing looks right!!