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zeroghostly 01-14-2011 01:56 PM

Is it possible to cast on too tight?
So I started to learn to knit lastnight and I think I casted on too tight, cause now i can't get to the second purl stitch cause it's like not fitting >.<

Should i start all over?

Im so confused!

Thanks for your help!

Jan in CA 01-14-2011 02:19 PM

Casting on too tight is common for new knitters. Try not to pull the yarn too tightly. You can also try casting on to a larger needle or two smaller needles held together.

Which cast on are you using? Some are better than others for learning to knit especially. If you used the backward loop I suggest you use another like the knitted on cast on. Backward loop is really only good for a short number of stitches and is often used when you need a cast on in the middle of your work.

zeroghostly 01-14-2011 02:31 PM

I wish i had a bigger needle xD
But i only have two us 8 needles >.<
Thanks for the reply btw :)
and i casted on using both needles, I followed this video;
(ill post in another post it says i must have two posts before i put a link)
im unsure which way it that is, but that's how I did it.

So would you recommend me to cut the yarn or just unravel it all?

zeroghostly 01-14-2011 02:32 PM

that's the video.

Jan in CA 01-14-2011 02:35 PM

Yeah, pull the cast on off the needles and start over. We all do that even when we are more advanced when things don't work out.

If you only have the two needles just cast on, but don't pull the yarn too tight. Don't worry about the knitting being pretty or perfect at this point. All that's important is that you learn the stitches and practice. If it looks bad just keep going. You'll be surprised how much better it starts looking soon. :thumbsup:

zeroghostly 01-14-2011 02:38 PM

Thanks for the advice!
it's really appreciated!

suzeeq 01-14-2011 02:38 PM

You can just take the sts out and reuse the yarn. The cast on shown in the video is called the knitted cast on, just don't pull on the yarn tight when you make the new st and put it on the needle. It's better for it to be a little loose than too tight.

Jan in CA 01-14-2011 02:40 PM

I just watched the video. That is a knitted cast on and it's a good one do do. When she takes the needle out and pulls the stitch tight...don't do that or at least don't do it tightly. It needs to be loose so you can get the needle in to knit the next row.

Now when you are knitting the row don't pull tight either. Remember it's okay if it feels a little loose.

BTW..we have videos here at the tab at the top of the page.

zeroghostly 01-14-2011 03:06 PM

Thanks again!
im re-doing it and it's coming along a LOT neater than before and a lot easer to do :)

one last question though, when I was doing it before the yard kinda became unraveled like, the string was kinda getting thick and fluffy, im thinking its because i was doing it too hard. and it was hard to pull through.

or maybe it's the yarn im using i dont know, ha.
That's why im asking if you might know why it was unraveling.
the yarn I have is
"red heart" it says "worsted medium"

suzeeq 01-14-2011 03:08 PM

It may have started to fluff up because you were pulling tight, but it'll be fine once it's knit up more loosely. The yarn is a very common one that's used by many knitters.

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