Hi, I'm basically new at knitting. I'm trying to knit continental style (I tried throwing, but continental is faster... also, because it's similar to the way I hold the yarn when I crochet), and do a simple garter stitch scarf, slipping the first stitch purlwise (with yarn on front).
The problem is, my garter stitch is looking like this:
(there was a link here, but I wasn't able to post it, so I'll try to describe it: instead of 2 rows of alternating paralel vertical lines one after another, I get those 2 rows but with stretched stitches in between, it becomes somewhat ribbed vertically)
The slipped stitches (and the stitches in the beginning and end of the rows) are very loose, they're so loose the fabric is puffing out to the sides.. and the garter stitch is all stretched, like in that picture. Is anybody able to pinpoint the problem?
Also, the stitches got a lot better when I switched from a plastic needle to a steel one (but the yarn and the needle size are the same)... does that even make sense? i'm doing the same way I did with the other needle (there are still some parts with the stretched out stitches, though.. the slipped stitches are a lot better)
When you pick up a stitch to knit, stretching it to the side to get the yarn makes any difference? Because I tried stretching it a lot and not stretching, and it doesn't seem to be related to the problem.
If anybody can help me, I would really appreciate... I'm seriously considering giving up knitting (I've redone it a lot of times before deciding to ask for help, this is going on for like 4 or 5 months now)
Sorry for the long post,