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Old 08-23-2007, 11:40 PM   #1
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You all seem to be experts!
I have been trying to navigate this forum. It seems I am the only one who is an absolute beginner. I have been knitting for about 3 days! I am trying to learn continental knitting and am teaching my children at the same time. I can now knit and purl, cast on and cast off. But my purl is not that smooth yet.

I looked at the list of videos for increasing and decreasing and was overwhelmed! Which method to choose... What I want to do to learn, is to make a square starting with one stitch and increasing gradually, then decreasing gradually until I have only one stitch again. Can anyone help me to know how to do this and which method to use?

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Old 08-23-2007, 11:53 PM   #2
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Decrease: Knit two together is the easiest.
Inc: Depends. (Invisible, eyelet, decorative bumps,etc.)
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Old 08-23-2007, 11:54 PM   #3
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Welcome waggus. What you would do is CO (I suggest 2 sts) and increase 1 in each st. Then knit a row plain, then inc at both sides every other row. Do that until the edges are the size you want the square to be then you can practices decreases. Another way to do it is CO 3, knit a row, then inc only at the beginning of every row.

Just for practice it doesn't matter which one you do... do all of them, one at a time. You'll get practice at knitting and increasing and can decide which one you prefer, either because of how it looks or whether it's easier for you to do.
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Old 08-24-2007, 12:17 AM   #4
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You could practice by making Grandmother's Favorite Dishcloth. It's fun to make and useful, as well.
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That's my favourite dishcloth pattern!
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Old 08-24-2007, 12:31 AM   #6
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That's my favourite dishcloth pattern!

I love it, too! It's addictive. but i'm no expert.



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i was just looking at that pattern, and how do you do a yarn over? i've seen it done like 100 times, but i still dont get it. isnt it like you wrap the yarn around the needle, then keep knitting, and then when you do the next row and you come back to it, you knit it like a regular stitch?
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Old 08-25-2007, 05:14 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone! I watched that youtube video a few times and I think I get it. I will certainly try the dishcloth pattern.

You are all so helpful!

One more quesytion: how did you know I had posted? To find my post I had to click on myself and then view all posts by me. There must be an easier way...
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Old 08-25-2007, 09:08 AM   #9
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The way I check messages is to click on `New posts' for the latest ones since I last visited. You get all the posts in all threads in all the boards that way; I just skip over the threads and boards that I'm not interested in. So the later replies to your post kept showing up.
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