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« on: February 07, 2012 05:30:38 PM »

Hi everyone! I decided to teach myself to knit. I got a book at the library this week and practiced a little. I am wondering why it looks so bad. Especially around the edges, it just looks well..here is a picture. What am I doing wrong?
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2012 05:33:06 PM »

I don't think it looks bad at all for just learning!!

At the edges, I pull those stitches extra tight.  When I took a knitting class, the teacher always said to slip the first stitch rather than knit it (just slip it onto the right needle) to make a nice edge.  I did it during the class but then never again...I just pull them extra tight.

« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2012 07:46:13 PM »

That actually looks pretty good. Edges are always kinda funky until you get the hang of it. But slipping the stitches will make a nice smooth edge or just knit with the same tension at the beginning of every row, which usually means pulling it tight.
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2012 04:21:00 AM »

Thank you both very much. I guess it will just take practice. I'm sure I will be here with many more questions. Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2012 03:54:12 PM »

I'm going with you're doing absolutely nothing wrong! that's a fabulous first swatch!  I second the pulling your stitches really tight at the edge.  other then that, your tension looks really even! keep at it!

« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2012 10:04:56 AM »

I know I'm just agreeing with everyone else here, but really - that is a fantastic piece for someone who's just learning.

You are not doing anything wrong; edge stitches do tend to be loose. That's why some knitters, and some patterns, say to not work the first stitch on the row - just slip it to the other needle and then work the other stitches. That does tighten up the edge somewhat; it just depends on the stitch pattern you're using. So, once you've got the stitches down - and actually, it looks like you already have or I wouldn't be suggesting this - try slipping that first stitch and see how your edges look then.

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« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2012 03:30:18 PM »

I too agree with everyone!

It looks great! You should have seen the first thing I ever knitted. It ended up like a big triangle because of the "looseness" of that first stitch. The stitch was extremely floppy, and I was knitting into the stitch below it (that floppy bit at the end). Consequently, I was adding stitches.

I like to slip my first stitch (just go into the stitch like you are going to knit it, but instead of knitting it, pass it onto the right needle and knit into the second stitch). It makes most edges look very uniform and things don't seem as wonky.

Keep going! You should be proud of your swatch!

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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2012 07:43:53 PM »

I don't think you're doing anything wrong. It looks great for a first attempt! The edges always look weird at first, it will get better. If it doesn't, just wash it/ stretch it when you're done and it'll be fine. Do you know what size your needles are and what weight the yarn is? It looks like maybe your needles are a little, tiny bit small for your yarn.
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