You can knit you first stitch, but make sure the yarn is hanging down in back of the right needle before you knit or is hanging in front of the needle before you purl. Watch to make sure it doesn't wrap around the shaft of the needle as you make that first stitch.
Slipping won't help if your yarn is coming around the needle for the second stitch.
"Trust the pattern!"
Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana.
Hop aboard while we follow the cloud-covered van of knitting harmony, man!! Woooo!! --Hedgehog
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