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bretzrilee29 03-13-2014 12:32 AM

Beginner help with circulars!
 
I fairly new at knitting, I have only finished one scarf (on straight needles) and I tried knitting another on circulars. I figured out how to cast on and everything and knitted probably 4 rows before realizing that the yarn was twisting, making it very difficult to continue knitting.

I would really like to knit an afghan, but I'm concerned I will mess it up with the twisting.
Any suggestions as to what I am doing wrong?

Thanks!

salmonmac 03-13-2014 04:44 AM

Welcome to Knitting Help!
Are you knitting the scarf in the round or knitting it back and forth? In the round you connect the last stitch of the row to the first stitch and knit a tube. If you're knitting back and forth, you're using the circular like two straight needles that happen to be connected to each other.
Is it the working strand of yarn that's twisted or the rows of knitting?
If you could post a photo maybe that would help.
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bretzrilee29 03-13-2014 12:36 PM

I know that with the twisting scarf I made it was the rows of knitting twisting, not the working yarn. With that scarf I was just knitting back and forth.

Here is the link to the pattern of the afghan I want to make. I think they want me to knit in the round, but I am not sure, and I don't know how to do that anyway.

Thank you for responding! Much help is needed here... :(

Thanks!!
http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/...p-blanket.html

salmonmac 03-13-2014 03:53 PM

[Thanks for the pattern link. This afghan is knit back and forth in rows, not joined to knit a tube in the round. You'll use the circulat needle in the same way as you would two straight needles, turning at the end of the row and switching the needles in your hands. The circular needle is recommended because it will hold the large number of sts called for and won't put a strain on your wrists.

bretzrilee29 03-13-2014 04:13 PM

Thank you for the reply!

My last question is when she says "Cut the yarn and join the color.."
Does that just mean tie the two yarn colors together and keep knitting on the next row with the new color?
TIA

salmonmac 03-13-2014 05:51 PM

Yes, you can tie the two ends loosely together. I would stop at the end of a row so that the new color starts on a new row as you say. Be sure to leave about 6 inch tails so that you can undo the knot later and weave the two ends into the blanket.

bretzrilee29 03-13-2014 05:57 PM

How do I weave in the ends?
Thanks so much for your help, sorry I have so many questions! :)

salmonmac 03-13-2014 06:00 PM

We are all about questions here so don't think twice about asking. Each of os probably has a favorite way to weave in ends so that you don't see them and they don't pull out with wear. Here's a nice tutorial on different ways to do it. See which you prefer or try each one before deciding.
http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tuto...your-ends.html

bretzrilee29 03-14-2014 10:59 AM

Thanks for your help!
I have gotten started and it's looking great so far! (3 rows..142 stitches takes a while haha)

I'll let you know if I need anymore help when I get to the end!! :)
Thanks again!

smeldsgang 03-14-2014 11:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by salmonmac (Post 1399168)
We are all about questions here so don't think twice about asking. Each of os probably has a favorite way to weave in ends so that you don't see them and they don't pull out with wear. Here's a nice tutorial on different ways to do it. See which you prefer or try each one before deciding.
http://www.purlbee.com/knitting-tuto...your-ends.html


After all the tutorials I've seen on weaving in the ends, this one is the best so far. THANKS!


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