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southernesse
02-05-2005, 12:40 PM
I am trying to teach myself to knit. This site is a wonderful resource. I am doing something wrong and cannot figure it out. My knit and purl stitches look alike. I have practiced with the video, yet they still come out the same. I have tried both versions of holding the yarn, the yarn is in front or behind the work according to the stitch i am trying to work, and I am working the stitch from the correct position. Any thoughts on what else I might be doing wrong? Thanks in advance!

Nuno930
02-05-2005, 01:52 PM
Are you are knitting into the back of the stitch? I did that when I started knitting and that sounds like what you may be doing. My knits and purls look a lot alike. Make sure the side of the yarn you knit with is the one closest to you... not the piece on the back on the needle. I'll see if I can find a picture of what I mean.

Nuno930
02-05-2005, 02:04 PM
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Jivewhistle
02-05-2005, 05:27 PM
How are you practicing your purl stitches?

After I got the knit stitch down and did a bunch of rows of garter stitch, I started another swatch to practice my purl stitches. Well, I did every row purl stitch...which of course comes out exactly like garter stitch. This may not be what you did, but your post sounded very familiar to what I was thinking when I did my purls..LOL. So....now to practice purl stitch, I've been doing stockinette stitch ( knit a row, purl a row ). Hope this helps.

ekgheiy
02-07-2005, 02:03 PM
How are you practicing your purl stitches?

After I got the knit stitch down and did a bunch of rows of garter stitch, I started another swatch to practice my purl stitches. Well, I did every row purl stitch...which of course comes out exactly like garter stitch. This may not be what you did, but your post sounded very familiar to what I was thinking when I did my purls..LOL. So....now to practice purl stitch, I've been doing stockinette stitch ( knit a row, purl a row ). Hope this helps.

I second this suggestion. If you purl all rows, it will look exactly like you've knit every row. ;)

Stockenette is best to practice your purl stitch. Knit row, purl next, knit next row ... la la la la ... 8)

Happy Knitting!

southernesse
03-19-2005, 01:00 PM
Sorry it's taken so long for me to get back to the sight to view your responses. I moved from Raleigh to Charlotte, and I have been knee deep in boxes for a bit.
I was able to find out what the problem was. Silly me, I did not go through the entire site when i was learing to knit. I practiced the knit stitch (front and back). I practiced the purl (front and back). They looked the same and that's what was throwing me off. :thinking: Little did I know that I was doing a garter stitch. I was shooting for what I now know is a stockinette stitch. A lady that I worked with was able to identify what my problem was. Now I know to reverse the stitch when you start a new row. :thumbsup:
One good thing that came out of this learning experience is that I was shooting for a scarf to begin with .....something simple to practice my stitches. As I went through the video, I learned that what I wanted to do originally (stockinette) would not have worked for a scarf anyway. It isn't often that you can do something wrong and have it come out right! :lol:

Again, thanks for your help!! :XX:

southernesse
03-19-2005, 01:02 PM
Sorry it's taken so long for me to get back to the sight to view your responses. I moved from Raleigh to Charlotte, and I have been knee deep in boxes for a bit.
I was able to find out what the problem was. Silly me, I did not go through the entire site when i was learing to knit. I practiced the knit stitch (front and back). I practiced the purl (front and back). They looked the same and that's what was throwing me off. :thinking: Little did I know that I was doing a garter stitch. I was shooting for what I now know is a stockinette stitch. A lady that I worked with was able to identify what my problem was. Now I know to reverse the stitch when you start a new row. :thumbsup:
One good thing that came out of this learning experience is that I was shooting for a scarf to begin with .....something simple to practice my stitches. As I went through the video, I learned that what I wanted to do originally (stockinette) would not have worked for a scarf anyway. It isn't often that you can do something wrong and have it come out right! :lol:

Again, thanks for your help!! :XX: