Please help! I am slowly getting the hang of the basics, and can cast on and knit my first row, but when it comes to starting the second, I just get long loopy-knots far away from the needle, which ruins the first row as well. What am I doing wrong? >.<
Something I know that I did at the beginning when I was learning, if I was doing garter stitch (knit every row) instead of keeping the yarn at the back of the work when starting the next row, I had it at the front so everytime I made a new stitch I was bringing my working yarn underneath my work to make the stitch and it made a tangled mess, let me tell you! Could your problem be something similar??
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I get a bunch of loopy things on my 2nd row as well. I couldn't figure it out at first but it turns out it was the stitches, but they were just poking out a bit.
If you keep knitting what happens? I suspect that's what is happening with you as well. To find out, tug on the cast-on edge (the end of the work) gently and the loops will dissolve into the work and become stitches that are normal looking.