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« on: September 30, 2006 09:37:18 AM »

So, I taught myself to knit over two years ago, and I just found out I've been doing the long tail cast-on WRONG the entire time!  Now, as far as I can tell, it's never really been a problem or messed up any projects, but my cast on edges have always been a little messy.  And now I know why...It's not really that big a deal, but now I need to retrain myself to do them properly!  ('Cause I actually like the real way better; being me, I managed to make it more complicated...)
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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2006 10:00:25 AM »

*pats* don't feel too bad my mother taught me how to knit and for awhile I did it all as she taught me. Then one day I got a book on knitting and realized the only thing I'd been taught to do right was the actual knit stitch. my cast on was wrong, I didn't even know how to bind off before that. yep lots of problems. I've now ended up teaching my dear mother how to do things correctly. But it was fun relearning everything
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2006 02:34:10 PM »

Don't worry, I think most people have had some cast-on woes. :-]

I never learned long-tail cast on. I just can't understand it.
So I learned this other wierd one (I don't even know the name) that makes your first few rows REALLY tight. The wierd cast-on kept ribbing on hats from being very stretchy, so I learned another type of cast on from a book. It's still not long-tail cast on, but this new one seems to work well enough.
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« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2006 06:05:52 AM »

Well, there are lots of different ways to cast on. Some are better suited to certain purposes than others.

If I were you, I wouldn't say you learned how to cast on 'wrong'. Maybe you just invented a whole new way!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2006 11:37:13 AM »

Yep, I invented a more complicated, messier, and uglier way!  Go me!

I actually prefer the "correct" way, now that I know about it.  And I'm adjusting to the change quite well...
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2006 01:24:32 PM »

Yep, I invented a more complicated, messier, and uglier way!  Go me!


That made me giggle.  A lot.   Grin
Glad the 'right way' is working out better for you.
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2006 09:04:06 PM »

i learned to knit from my mom, who learned to knit by watching my great-grandmother.  for some reason, nobody ever told her that my great-grandma was left-handed and my mom's been "knitting backwards" (she's right-handed) for like ten years.  so of course i learned how to knit wrong-handed as well untill my aunt saw me one day and asked what on earth i was doing.   
incidentally, my mom still knits left-handed.
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2006 01:29:02 PM »

Never mind right or wrong ways - at least you are doing something instead of just vegging out.
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2006 02:32:00 PM »

i learned to knit from my mom, who learned to knit by watching my great-grandmother.  for some reason, nobody ever told her that my great-grandma was left-handed and my mom's been "knitting backwards" (she's right-handed) for like ten years.  so of course i learned how to knit wrong-handed as well untill my aunt saw me one day and asked what on earth i was doing.   
incidentally, my mom still knits left-handed.
Hey, that's good! That means unless it's an intricate pattern written in back and forth (which is just a headache to do backwards) you never have to turn your work! I taught myself to knit backwards because purling and I don't get along.
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« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2006 08:12:52 AM »

truth? i think i still knit wrong, lol. and don't even get me started on trying to knit into the front and back of a stitch to increase. i will go to great lengths to avoid it. but one way or another it comes out looking the same in the end, that's good enough for me.  Grin
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