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« on: March 22, 2005 12:54:03 PM »

Huh 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 Shocked Nothing looks right!!
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2005 04:18:33 PM »

Did I not explain this well enough?

HELP!! PLEASE! Anybody.......
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2005 04:29:47 PM »

I don't want to sound annoying and say 'practice', but I promice your knitting *will* get neater the more you do!
Also, the first row is always messier when you're a beginer; try just carrying on and see if your knitting gets more uniform as you build up rows. 
As for too tight knitting, why not try various different sized needles with the same yarn you're using now.  When I started I had the same problem and I was just pulling too tight (I was really little) but everyone has a natural tension that's why patterns start off with the guage and reccomend a swatch!  For now you could try little needles (3.00m or smaller maybe?) with a medium 'worsted' weight yarn and see if your guage improves.  Give it a few rows to get sorted though.  I really really hope this helps! Don't give up!!!!
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2005 04:46:11 PM »

i do what you described first, wrapping the yarn around my right index finger. that seems to work pretty well for me. i can't do any of that weaving through the fingers i saw in my knitting books because there was not consistant tension.

i think morgaroo is right, you might want to try a different size of needles. the first thing i ever knit i used a chuncky yarn on size 8 needles, and it was just too tight and it made my hands cramp up. someone gave me size 10, which were appropriate for the yarn, and it was like, "Oh, this is what this is supposed to feel like."

hope that helps.
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2005 12:02:42 PM »

Thanks you guys. I gave it another try yesterday and you're right - I do just need to practice.

On the tight stitches -  I think I'm not leaving enough slack hanging from my fingers on the right hand. I tried more regularly pulling the yarn off the ball as I went and that helped ALOT.

As far as trying different needles - I have NO IDEA where to go to get different/more needles in LA. I bought a circular pair at Walmart, but have since decided that Walmart in LA is a new hell and am refusing to go anymore. (I was kinda spoiled by the Wallie Worlds back home)

I'm totally confused how to figure out which yarn goes with which size needles and I've never done anything more complicated than a scarf.

I'll keep pounding away at it.

Thanks again!
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2005 12:26:30 PM »


I'm totally confused how to figure out which yarn goes with which size needles and I've never done anything more complicated than a scarf.


try these:

http://www.yarnforward.com/tension.html
http://www.yarns-and.com/YarnStandards.htm
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« Reply #6 on: March 24, 2005 01:22:54 PM »

oh oh oh!!! Google is your best friend! I found 2 places sort of near me to get knitting supplies.

www.knitcafe.com
www.laknitteriepari sienne.com

thank you Mols for the links!! I'll check them out!!

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