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« on: January 22, 2010 05:54:03 PM »

When I make something from a pattern, like a dishcloth, my knitting has a definite "similar" pattern to the one shown, but something is always a bit off.  I'm knitting a dishcloth now that is called stacked barrels.  I like what I'm making, but it does look different from the picture. 

I was taught to always have the knitted piece on my left needle with the already knitted portion facing the inside (or right).  That of course means that when I finish the row, the knitting is on the right needle so that switches hands and becomes my left needle ( which I position so that once again the knitted portion of the piece is facing right or inside)  Make sense?  Does it sound like I'm knitting correctly?

I hope I explained that well enough.  You don't know how much I appreciate being able to get advice from the people on this thread.  I have absolutely no knitters in my life so I'm just trying to get this right without a lot of help or support.  I've wanted to knit all my life and I'm determined to stick with it this time.  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2010 06:30:02 PM »

That part of your knitting does sound correct.  However, there could be other potential issues, like twisting stitches or purling incorrectly.  If you haven't yet, I would recommend checking out the videos for knit and purl stitches on www.knittinghelp.com, especially if you learned from a book.  It can be much easier to compare your knitting to a video than just pictures in a book.  Best of luck, and please continue asking questions on this board--it's a wonderful place for support!
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« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2010 08:28:35 PM »

Thanks for your quick reply.  I actually took a two hour class at Joanns.  It was a little less than productive because the instructor came unprepared and kept borrowing other peoples needles and yarn to demonstrate.  She also tended to make fun of anyone in the class having difficulties so it got to the point where everyone just stopped speaking up.  Not the best $35.00 I ever spent but I did get the basics of casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off.   

I will definitely go and watch some of the videos.  You may have pegged it about the twisted stitches.  It's funny though because unless you knew what I was going for, you'd never know it was wrong.  It's actually pretty.   I just want to make sure I've really got these starting basics down so that I can try to get into increases, decreases, and whatever comes after that.  I'm sure I'll be back with more questions.  Thanks again!
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2010 07:01:01 AM »

Wow, how disappointing about the class.  I would have expected more from Joanns.
For the twisted stitches, pay attention to which side of the loop you are inserting your needle into and which direction you are wrapping the yarn.  Also, if you posted a picture here of your knitting beside a picture of what the stitch is supossed to look like, someone may be able to identify the problem pretty quickly.
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