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Topic: New knitter - Will I EVER get better at seeing mistakes in time/fixing them?!  (Read 872 times)
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« on: November 25, 2012 02:06:10 PM »

I've been knitting for a few weeks and do it a lot (I could start a whole thread on what the draw is - what the attraction might be - and how addiccting it is)!  But I keep screwing up.  Slipped stitches, crossed stitches, accidental increases even while knowing how to start the row properly (though I think I might be getting better in that regard), etc.

What's the most frustrating is that I am not usually able to stop the mistake in process - or sometimes when I see it in process I don't even know how to go back to fix it even though it just happened!  And then of course sometimes I see the mistake after the fact - not just in process.  Ugh!  I have friends who just grab my work and go "oh, yeah, here" and then they go bibbity bobbity boo and it's all back to normal.  Will this truly come in time, or do I have to go take some class or get a tutor who can literally take me through the steps of common mistakes?  I've seen some videos which have helped although the "fixing" the mistakes portion is pretty hard for me to grasp.  Still not ready to give up though. Smiley  Not just yet!

FYI I'm doing the double cast-on which I learned from youtube, and the continental method (I'm left-handed) which I also learned online and that seems to be going well with the exception of these issues.  I recently learned how to pearl, though don't know how to do it using the wrap/tension (of either hand, actually)!  I figured out how to do stockinette and rib plus of course just the straight knitting.  I want to learn how to cast off, next.  I have several started swatches. Wink  I finally went and bought some big fat needles and chunky yarn - having become convinced it might make things easier - and am making the world's biggest and ugliest scarf - or at least I'm telling myself I'm going to go further than a swatch this time!

So now I have size 8 metal, circular needles and appropriate yarn (which I learned on) as well as size 10.5 circular and matching yarn (yet to use) and size 13 gigantic long bamboo needles and super chunky yarn for my crazy scarf. 

I'd also like to learn how to slip the first stitch so that I can have a nicer edge - although I've yet to figure out when I would slip it as a knit versus a pearl.  And I'd ALSO like to learn how to have an edge all along the entire perimeter of a stockinette scarf so that it won't curl up all over the place.  I can figure out how to make a ribbed edge in the beginning and end of the entire scarf (short ends) of course.  I'm assuming for the long sides of the scarf, I could just count in the same amount of stitches at the beginning and end of each row?  Would that work?  E.g. if the first 5 rows of the entire scarf (short end) are ribbed, then that would mean I could make the first 5 stitches and last 5 stitches 5 sets of stitches each, too?  Well, one day maybe I'll use markers...maybe that would help?  So far I don't count.  I just go to the end then start over and keep going, and if it looks like it's widening, I decrease by stitching two loops at once!  Although I seem to be needing to do that less which is great.

Oh god - I wrote a lot - sorry and hanks for reading all this!
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2012 03:01:01 PM »

It will get easier over time to notice your mistakes and fix them. What you may want to try in the beginning is count your stitches ever few rows to see at what point you accidentally added one.

You mentioned wanting to learn how to make your edges neater with the slip stitch on the ends. That's a really easy technique. All you do is slip the very first stitch of every row and then knit (or purl if you're on that side of the fabric) to the end even the last stitch of the row. So slip your first stitch, knit to the end of the row. Turn work, slip the first stitch and then purl all the way to the end. Turn work and repeat. That'll give you a really nice edge.

It really just takes time, and if you keep knitting a little every day you'll get better each day.
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« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2012 01:47:51 PM »

If there is. Local yarn shop which has a knitting night it is a great place to learn. People will tell you how to fix  and help you to learn.  I have done it with many a knitter.  Books are a helpful source as well.  Elizabeth Zimmerman has some awesome knitting DVD's through  SchoolHouse Press.  I had a mother who taught me and the rest I learned through books and knitting groups when I was stuck.
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soozeq
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2012 07:33:53 AM »

There's some videos at knitting help that show how to fix a few mistakes - http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips - and on other pages there that show casting off, increases and decreases and many other techniques on the Glossary page.

 To keep an edge from curling you need to use a garter or seed stitch as a border; knit 5 or 6 sts in it at the beg and ends of a stockinette stitch scarf. If your whole scarf is garter or ribbing, you won't need to do this though. Slipping the first stitch only keeps that edge stitch from curling under, it doesn't prevent the entire edge from rolling.
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« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2012 05:11:53 AM »

I have been knitting for years and trust me, it gets better. I still make mistakes (most recently, ripped out 5 hours of work because I tried to decrease in front of the TV. BAD IDEA).  You will learn what method works and what doesn't. Find a book that speaks to you, whether that's one with pictures or one with words and go from there. Start small and finish those projects before moving onto bigger ones that'll let you down when they aren't finished.

To prevent stockinette from rolling, try a garter pattern or even ribbing depending on the piece. I have a few books that show me all different stitches and I love to pick one with some really pretty yarn and knit up a scarf for my family.

Trust me, it does get easier and you will get the hang of it! The best way to learn from your mistakes is to make them! Cheesy
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