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Topic: my needles end up so close together that i lose control of the yarn :/ eghh!!  (Read 454 times)
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« on: August 06, 2008 10:58:15 PM »

hey there. my names Jen and ive been trying to knit for a couple of weeks now. im upset because im on the knit stitch and when make the stitch and try to pull off the thread from the left needle (english method) i find that my needles are close together and pulling the thread off makes all my thread from one side or the other, slide off of the needle. i dont know what im doing wrong. i will keep practicing, but do you think theres any advice you could give me. my needles are so close together that i cant move the needles. LOL its really wierd. i got the casting on down but everything else is really akward. :/ please help.

M Fox
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2008 12:16:25 AM »

Are you wrapping the yarn around the right-hand needle counter-clockwise?  I hadn't knit in a long time, and when I went back to it I noticed I was wrapping clockwise and everything got very tight.
Try www.knittinghelp.com - they have videos that might help you.
You could just be knitting it too tight, as well.  Try using a larger size needle until you get the hang of it.
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2008 06:50:16 AM »

Use your index finger on the other stitches to keep them from coming off. Or you might try larger yarn or needles so the sts are larger and less apt to all come off the needle.

M Fox
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2008 05:25:32 PM »

Thought of something else - when I first was learning to knit, I was knitting on the tips, rather than pushing the stitches onto the shaft of the needle, and that made everything really tight, and I had to frog it.
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2008 07:45:43 PM »

Yes, making your st on the tips makes for very tight ones. So stick your needle all the way through the stitch, wrap and while pulling it through, grasp the next sts with the left thumb and finger so they don't follow. I don't knit tight, but I watched how I was knitting a bit ago and realized I probably do this unconsciously, or may just on this piece because I have a lot of sts on the needle and they're bunched up on the left side (circular) so I can knit more sts without adjusting them toward the end.

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