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« on: April 23, 2009 11:48:57 AM »

I just started trying to learn to knit, and i think i'm doing something wrong.

when doing the basic knit stitch are the rows supposed to have like hills and valley's?

i took a picture but i don't know if you can tell from it.


« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2009 12:07:18 PM »

Great work... you're doing fine! 

I think you might be confused because it looks like you're just using the knit stitch, not the purl stitch, so you end up with the "garter stitch" fabric.  The stockinette stitch (which is what you would see in a plain knit sweater, and probably what you were expecting to see) is made by doing one row of knit, then one row of purl.

Hope that helps!
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2009 12:15:08 PM »

some i actually got it right?!

I think i am very confused, thank you for clearing that up for me. Don't get me wrong i love the way it is coming out, but i just figured i was doing it completely wrong.

My mom only knows how to crochet, and that is very limited, so i said knitting to her, and she said "The VOTech has classes" lol

Thank you thank you thank you! I'm really loving the whole knitting crocheting thing, and i feel the stress actually melt away as I'm working on projects, even if i make a mistake i don't get flustered. My FH said my cursing has even decreased, apparently i sound like an angry sailor while sewing.

again thank you!!!

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« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2009 12:31:04 PM »

Naw, you're doing wonderfully!  I had the same concern when I started, but eventually you'll stop noticing it and think it looks great.

You're doing really good, and your stitches look nice and even.
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« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2009 12:48:46 PM »

Do you mean the ridges on the flat faces of the knitted fabric, or do you mean on the sides?  If you're talking about the flat faces, you've already got the answer, but just in case:

If you're knitting every row (which it looks like you are) you can get very bumpy, loose-looking edges.  If you want to clean that up, slip stitch the first (or last) stitch of each row.  A slip stitch (in case you don't know) is the easiest of stitches.  Just move the loop from the first needle to the second without wrapping your yarn around.

Your work looks gorgeous so far.  Are you making a scarf, practicing, or what?

« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2009 01:04:12 PM »

thanks! i will post once this all done, I'm thinking it will be a scarf, when i started to crochet the scarf was the easiest project for me to complete. I am in total love with this yarn, it is a wool blend, and it is sooooo soft, if it wasn't 6.50 a skein i would make myself a blanket.

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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2009 06:38:53 PM »

Yes, they do have hills and valleys.  You're going a great job.

I'd love to do a personal swap for this knit Death Flake hat

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