Yes, I used the long-tail cast on. Every time I try to make a knit stitch, it falls out because of the tail. Perhaps I am not doing the knit stitch correctly. Thanks for your reply, I'll keep on trying!
The reason I asked about where you were holding the tail when casting on is because possibly if your strands were reversed, it might affect that first stitch.
The first/last stitch is always looser than the rest--just hold everything a bit tighter, give it a little tug and move on. The important thing when you are learning is to just keep going--don't worry about perfect (if there is such a thing.)
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If your tail keeps slipping off the needle, you may be leaving too short of a tail. My standard rule of thumb is 6-10 inches of tail length that I just keep toward the back (I have accidentally knitted my tail into my first row before, wondering why I ran out of yarn so quickly LOL). Also, make sure when you make that first knit stitch that you are only going under the front leg of the CO stitch and not underneath both of them.
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