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Old 01-19-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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Hi there!
I'm brand new to knitting and just took my first lesson last Sunday. I can cast-on pretty well and I've knit about 12 rows since then. Let me see if I can describe my method, because I don't know what it is called. I taped a color tab to the needle that was in my left hand so that I would know to keep it in my left hand.

I just keep knitting from one needle to the other always starting at the back of the loop. It looks like Jersey knit, but my project is totally curling. Looking at it, I would think it was the right way to make a sweater, but I want a scarf. Am I supposed to alternate knitting and purling?

I feel like I have only been knitting.

Does any of this make sense?
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Old 01-19-2012, 03:10 PM   #2
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You ought to be knitting into the leg of the st that's closest to the tip of the needle, whether it lies in front or back of the needle. Or did you mean the 'loop' the needle makes? If you're working in the round you do keep the same needle in the Left hand all the time, and if you knit every round you get stockinette stitch which curls up.

If your work isn't joined in the round, you have to switch the needles to the other hand and work on the back side of the piece. Then, if you knit every row you get garter stitch which doesn't curl up. For stockinette stitch you alternate a knit row with a purl row.

A scarf is usually knit flat with only about 20 sts, unless you want a double thickness then you'd knit in the round. Maybe a picture of what you're doing will help us figure it out.
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:57 PM   #3
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I will post a pic when I get home later. I'm not familiar with the jargon yet so you're response was like reading Martian for me
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Old 01-19-2012, 05:19 PM   #4
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Are you knitting flat or in the round? I would assume flat as you just started.

Is the needle with the tape on it always in your left hand? At some point it has to move to your right hand (and the needle in your right hand has to go to the left) so you can work across the back of the work.
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I don't know what "flat" or "round" means. But I have not been switching hands. When I started, I was switching, but with no rhyme or reason. So I ended up having the front of some stitches on one side as well as the back of some stitches. That's why I put the tape on the left hand needle. Now the back looks all the same and the front looks all the same.

I am not home so I can't take a picture, but I will bring my project to work tomorrow. I thought I was getting good until my project became a curly mess!
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Old 01-19-2012, 06:46 PM   #6
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There are videos (top of page) and in the tips section the demo of a small project is very helpful for new knitters.

If you're knitting on one side and purling the other you are doing stockinette stitch. Stockinette curls. You have to do a border to keep it from doing that.

"Flat" means you're knitting a flat piece of knitting which means you have to turn your work and work on the back of it. You use two needles and knit from one to the other.

"In the round" means you're knitting an unbroken tube so you don't need to turn your work. There are multiple ways to do including using circular needles or DPN which are double pointed needles.

If you are a new knitter you're probably knitting flat with two needles.
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:46 AM   #7
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I attached a picture of my project. My friend told me that I may just be ambidextrous and without even knowing it, I was knitting and purling to make a stockinette stitch.

It's not the most exciting pattern for a scarf but I guess I'm not doing anything wrong.

What do you all think?
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It does look fine except for that blip to the left a few rows below you needle. Did you get a strand of the yarn caught between stitches?
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Were you trying to make stockinette stitch? If you knit a row, then purl a row that is stockinette. Looks pretty good!

What does being ambidextrous have to do with it?

Also.. stockinette curls. Knit in a border as you do it and it'll help. The border should be 5 or 6 stitches on each side and top and bottom in a non curling stitch like seed stitch or garter.
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Old 01-21-2012, 01:10 PM   #10
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Nice job for a first time...and yes that is stockinette...I think its a added stitch suzeeq that your seeing...wish I had only added a stitch when I first started...
Yes it does curl and it will if you dont add a border when you are through with it. You are doing great!
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