My biggest mistake to creating new stitches is accidentally splitting a thread while working it. I have caught myself splitting threads as I enter a stitch, and when I bring the yarn around to create the next stitch in the row.
Now I watch and if I notice I am splitting a thread I start the stitch over so I get the whole thread.
Please help me!!! I have read everyone's replies several times, but I still don't understand why I keep getting extra stitches. I can see the two threads at the end, but I don't know which thread to go into to keep from getting the extra stitch. I tried going in the bottom of the two leg pieces, but it is very awkward and doesn't seem right at all. My problem is that I have two small samples that are square, but now I can't figure how to not get the extras.
Does this make any sense to anyone? I wish there was a way to see where you put your right needle after you put your completed work into your left hand.
Try holding on to the strand hanging from your needle. Pull on it a little bit and watch what loop tightens up on the needle. That's what you should knit through. I hope this helps. If not, there are more ways.
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Is it possible that I am wrapping my thread around my needle the wrong way? Because my two legs of the last stitch always end up on top of my needle if my work is turned to the right of the left needle.
When you finish a row and turn to begin the next one, pull your yarn off to the side. What happens sometimes is that it goes over the top of the needle which pulls up the loop of the last stitch and makes it look like 2 stitches. When you insert your right needle into the stitch, it should go into the front `leg' of that stitch. Maybe the pictures on this page - http://learntoknit.lionbrand.com/cgi...yarn&faqKey=84 - will help you
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I had to go to the girl who taught me how to knit in order to finally "see" what you all were trying to say. Even the website you pointed me to wasn't really what I needed to see or hear. I think if you will direct new knitters to the fact that your work will actually look like it is to the left of the left needle until you insert your right needle and wrap your thread. Then, your work will be on the right. It seemed like no matter how hard I tried to go in the single thread as opposed to the legs of the stitch, I always felt like my work was in the way if I tried to keep my work on the right of the needle. Not sure if ANY of this is making sense, but there it is. I'm almost done with my first dishtowel and very excited that I know what I'm doing. Thanks for all of your replies.