Hello, knitters! I'm new to knitting--absolutely clueless-- and I've found the videos here really helpful. I am having a problem, though, and I can't decide whether it's something every new knitter experiences and works through, or whether there's something wrong with my thread/needle choices, or whether I'm just doing it wrong.
After casting on, is that first row of stitches normally very difficult? It seems like my casting-on is too tight, and I've loosened it a bit. But it's still not really working-- my stitches are very LOOSE on the second needle, often fall off, and look generally WRONG. I started with #9 plastic needles because that's what a friend recommended, but I wonder if those traditional metal ones would be easier.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Poppy
Sorry, guys-- it is amazing how you can mess with something for days and not be able to figure it out, but the MOMENT you go back to it after posting a silly post on a message board, it suddenly becomes clear. I was misunderstanding the "off jumps jack" part and not pushing that stitch off the needle with the casting-on. Once I had pushed Jack off that pier a couple of times, all my problems solved themselves.