View Full Version : Holes in my Scarf and Long Rows

07-10-2011, 10:01 PM
I started knitting two years ago, forgot about it and went back to it this past week. I started a brand new project (as the one I was working on back then had gotten dusty. Eww). I cast on, and started the English method of knitting. I've gotten several rows going, but noticed that it was quite hole-y. Also, the rows appear to be getting longer with each new one I start. I've attached pictures for you to see.

I don't know what I am doing wrong?

Your help is much appreciated,


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07-10-2011, 11:41 PM
Your picture didn't come through, but it sounds like you're adding stitches by making accidental yarn overs (YOs), which both make holes and increase stitches. If you're doing a pattern that alternates knit and purl sts, you're probably moving the yarn over the needle instead of between the tips. Check and see if that's it.

Jan in CA
07-10-2011, 11:41 PM
I don't see the pictures, but it may be that you're either doing accidental yarn overs which add a stitch and create an eyelet (hole) or you're knitting into a space that is not actually a stitch. I suspect the first.

What is the pattern you're doing? Are you supposed to be adding stitches on some rows and decreasing on others?

07-10-2011, 11:58 PM
I'm not following a pattern... Just knitting a... straight line(?).

07-11-2011, 12:23 AM
Watch what you're doing then to see if you're pulling the old st off the L needle after you've made the new st, or somehow wrapping the yarn around the R needle without it being inserted into a st on the L needle. Also at the beginning of a row, if you have the yarn up over the top of the needle to the back, it pulls the first st up so its 2 legs look like separate sts. Hold the yarn out to the side a little so you can easily see the first st and only knit into it once.