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PSUKerry
11-06-2011, 12:19 PM
I just started learning to knit and I'm learning the knit stitch. I think I'm doing it right but I'm not sure because the end of the scarf I'm making is curved and each row I stitch keeps getting bigger across. I'm starting to run out of room on the needle. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

salmonmac
11-06-2011, 12:29 PM
Here's a link (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=32886) that may help explain some of the reasons for those extra sts. It might also be a good idea to take a look at the Free Video at the top of the page for the knit st, just to make sure you're doing it correctly.

suzeeq
11-06-2011, 12:34 PM
You may be doing it right, but adding more sts; count them to see if you've got more than you started with. There's several reasons you could be getting extras, the link salmonmac posted has some good explanations.

akp713
11-06-2011, 01:16 PM
I also just started learning and I'm trying to teach myself. I'm not trying to make anything specific just yet, I'm more or less trying to get the basics.

My problem right now is that after I've cast on several stitches I have a small piece of non-working yarn left over.When I begin to the knit stitch my cast on stitches get loose because I have this dangling piece of thread. What do I do with this piece?? When it hangs there it loosens the entire thing and everything ends up falling apart in me halfway through my work.

The videos are no help because it shows with all this knitting already done....I need something started from the beginning.

Help!!! I'm getting frustrated and I really wanna learn how to do this.

suzeeq
11-06-2011, 01:29 PM
It's probably not the tail that's causing the CO sts to get loose, but the cast on you use. The thumb/backward loop CO does this, so try another. The knit or cable CO are easy but make a sturdier edge as does the LT cast on.

Look on the Tips page for Demo of a Small project which shows casting on, working a few rows and binding off rather than just the separate steps done on an already started piece of work.

salmonmac
11-06-2011, 01:30 PM
You can try snugging up the loose end until you've knit a few rows and then weave it in. Leave about 6-8inches for that end and it won't be so much of a problem. Alternatively, you could try a different cast on, like the long tail cast on which is neater and less likely to loosen. There's a video for this cast on under the Free Videos tab at the top of the page, under Cast On. There's also a video under Tips that shows you how to deal with the tail from the long tail cast on as you knit the first row (see Free Videos, Tips, Demo of a Small Project).

MerigoldinWA
11-06-2011, 01:30 PM
I also just started learning and I'm trying to teach myself. I'm not trying to make anything specific just yet, I'm more or less trying to get the basics.

My problem right now is that after I've cast on several stitches I have a small piece of non-working yarn left over.When I begin to the knit stitch my cast on stitches get loose because I have this dangling piece of thread. What do I do with this piece?? When it hangs there it loosens the entire thing and everything ends up falling apart in me halfway through my work.

Which cast on are you using? The backward loop cast on (called the single cast on in the video section) can be problematic. It is useful to know but not good to use as the basic cast on for a project. Try the long tail cast on, or one of the knitted on cast ons (cable or knitted on) and see if you get a better result.

akp713
11-06-2011, 01:47 PM
The video in the tips section definitely helped in showing me what to do with that silly tail.

I was and have been using the long-tail cast-on. That was the one I picked up the quickest. I think maybe I just need quite a bit of practice with the knit stitch itself...

Thanks you guys for your help though :)