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xxclone_your_loverxx
« on: June 28, 2007 03:39:12 PM »

I CANNOT get this knitting thing down!!!!! after i loop all my chains and i begin to knit my needles begin getting farther and farther apart to the point where its rediculous!! and im getting SOOOOOO frustrated im about to cry! I dont have the slightest clue what i'm doind wrong! I'm following the exact instructions on how to knit ....what the *&%$!?
I took some pictures to show you what im talking about. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me. and taking pictures of how to do it correctly would be AWESOME (im a visual person)

I start out with the normal thingo:


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Then after i start it ends up like this!!!!!!1 ^$$@#&*$@&^!~)@^%
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littleknitter
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2007 03:52:28 PM »

Ok, hang in there!  I think from the picture it looks like you're using the backwards loop cast on... which I always find harder to knit into.  Try this more stable cast on, called the Long-Tail Cast On.  Here's a link, it has really good pictures:  http://www.stitchdiva.com/custom.aspx?id=101

Don't give up yet, it gets a lot easier! 
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2007 04:15:16 PM »

All new knitters do this!  Grin

Imagine that there's a magnet in your needles drawing them together, and keep the points as close as possible to each other while you're making each stitch. I always tell people to make a "t" with their needles and always come back to that "t."

You'll get it!
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diranasaurus
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2007 04:20:22 PM »

It'll definitely get better!  I did the same thing when I first started knitting--I was knitting way too tightly!  It got a lot better after I loosened up a little.  If you have any other questions you could also try knittinghelp.com.  There are videos you can watch that I found really helpful when I was first starting out.  Smiley
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thishoknits
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2007 04:26:45 PM »

How are you casting on?

It looks like your cast on isn't right and when you knit, it is pulling apart.

http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/basic_techniques/index.php

This place has VIDEOS!!!!!  Watch them and you will learn some new tricks.  Don't get frustrated, remember this is supposed to be "relazxing".

Hahahahaha.  I have to remind myself that when I am froggin 5 inches of mess up.
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Deirdre
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2007 04:30:04 PM »

You mean this isn't how to cast on?  My first row looks like this every time!  LOL.  I just knit to the end, and the excess ends up part of the tail.

The extra yarn doesn't happen again, just for the first knit (or purl) after the cast on row.

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xxclone_your_loverxx
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2007 04:40:57 PM »

OMG!!! knitting help.com is great!! I got it too work!! I'm so thankful for all of you!!!!!! thank you thank you thank you!!!
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soozeq
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2007 08:00:15 PM »

Go for the knitted or cable caston if you can't get the hang of longtail. Backwards loop caston may be easy, but you always get yarn slack with them. Best used for a small number of stitches only.
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Deirdre
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2007 09:12:33 PM »

Anyone know of there is a crochet help?
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xx_Kellybean
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2007 09:39:03 PM »

i've been knitting since October, and I still knit that way... after you finish that row, it'll be a normal length. It'll be okay. Just keep trying!
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