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Old 12-13-2011, 07:22 PM   #3
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The 'base row' is really called the cast on, it's not counted as a row. And it sounds like you're doing the backward loop cast on which is easy to do, but can be difficult to knit into for more than a few sts and really isn't the best to use to start a large project with. Try another one, the knit or cable COs are good and fairly easy and long tail isn't too difficult.
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