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« on: January 12, 2005 10:21:44 PM »

OK so I got the lovely stitch and bitch for Christmas. Having tried knitting before and been way too uncoordinated to do it, I was fully ready to fail. So I started and got the first row on fine, so was pretty chuffed with myself, but now as I went to do the next row, it just seems to be getting tighter and tighter and winding itself around the right needle until it's like a really tight unmovable spiral around my needle.

Am I doing something specifically wrong, I swear I'm going by all the directions, and I don't get why it's doing this. It's frustrating as hell, especially me with a short fuse heh.

Please if anybody could help with this predicament, it would be VERY appreciated.

« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2005 10:49:40 PM »

watch a few of the videos on http://www.knittinghelp.com

Also, look carefully at your stitches, if you're twisting them, or wrapping the yarn around the needle in different ways, that'll make the stitches seem really tight.
Every time you finish a stitch, try not to choke the life out of it! The yarn just needs a slight tug to make the stitch stay on the needle, so if you're pulling really tightly, that'll definately make it harder to move stitches around.
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2005 10:57:04 PM »

New knitters almost always have strangle-y tension.  If your stitches look like the pictures in the book, you're doing fine.  Just remember to breeeeeeeathe when you're knitting. 

You may want to start out knitting with wool, which has lovely "sproing." Many of the cool-looking novelty yarns don't stretch much,and can make learning to knit an un-fun experience. 

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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2005 05:25:22 AM »

I'm a tight knitter, too, and the more frustrated I become, the tighter I knit.  Relax, take frequent breaks, and learn about gauge (and how to adjust for it).  Your knitting should loosen up as you gain experience.  Really.
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2005 07:30:32 AM »

Another thing that helped me a lot when my mom taught me to knit was to have her cast on and knit a couple of rows for me first.  I think the tendency is for tight stitches to just get tighter, so if you start with a stranglehold on the needle, it'll just get worse.  See if you can find a friend who will start your knitting for you.  Once you've knit a few inches or for a few hours, I guarantee your tension will relax.
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2005 06:31:07 PM »

It took me 3 tries to learn how to knit right---it's 'cause I was twisting my purl stitches by wrapping the yarn around the needle in the wrong direction.  I bet those online videos will do the trick for you, especially if they show you the stitches from "the knitter's" perspective.  You can do it!
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2005 09:15:46 PM »

'tis true.  All new knitters do this.  Forget trying to ease up on the string pulling and and do an experiment: completely cease to pull on your yarn for a few rows.  You'll find that as you knit, your stitches will tighten themselves naturally.  This will may help you gauge better how little tugging really needs to be done.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the first few rows of knitting may be a little tighter due to the cast on. 

Have patience and you'll work this out.  We all figured it out eventually, and so will you.

Good luck!

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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2005 10:58:51 PM »


Sorry for the late reply, thanks to everyone who gave me advice, and made me not feel stupid because of it. I certainly did ease up on holding my yarn so tight, and just held it the way I felt comfortable and what do you know? but I'm half way through my scarf and it feels like I've been doing it for much longer than a week.

Thanks again, its so relaxing....except when telemarketers ring up and make me forget where I was and drop stitches and stuff *shakes fist at telemarketers*

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