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« on: August 23, 2004 12:07:06 PM »

 Huh ok, so my mom taught me to knit before I left Austin, but she left a few things out...... Huh

I started a simple scarf with 12 stiches on each row (yes, I wanted it super skinny) that somehow magically became 18 stitches on each row within a 3" range. Now that I'm almost done with the rest of the scarf I want the other end to match.

How do I reduce the stiches? Do I just leave one stitch out of each row until I'm back to 12? is there some special thing I need to do with the stich I skipped?

Help! before it gets cold!

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2004 12:10:58 PM »

Knit 2 together at the end of each row.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2004 03:30:34 PM »

Don't just skip stitches, those are dropped stitches and will unravel a nice big hole in your scarf later on. Knit 2 together means to insert your needle through 2 loops ( instead of one) and doing a knit stitch. There's a video of it at stitchguide.com
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« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2004 12:01:23 AM »

Thank you Thank you!!!! I knew it was a really dumb question, and there was a simple answer but I had to ask.

Thanks Again!!
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« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2004 02:01:48 AM »

animegirlie: when I first started knitting I was adding stitches like crazy too!  So I asked my wise teacher (mom) what I was doing and figuring that out helped me from doing it in the future.  What you're probably inadvertantly doing is knitting twice on one needle.  When you wrap the yarn around your needle and then pull that loop through to the front (placing your new stitch on the other needle) you may be wrapping the yarn around twice, therefore creating two loops from one stitch, then adding a stitch.  Okay, so because that probably confused you way more than helped, check out these sites that explain all this stitch adding much more eloquently:
http://www.maggiesrags.com/tips_wider.htm
http://www.sweaterbabe.com/ktips.htm
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