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Old 06-28-2012, 06:39 AM   #1
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Having trouble with starter stitch
Hi, so I'm new to knitting and new to this forum and I need help. I'm trying to learn how to knit and I've looked at youtube videos to get a visual of how to do stitches and I get the knit stitch and once I understood what to do, the purl stitch does seem easy like they say. I feel like I'm doing it right, but something is not going right going from knit stitch to purl stitch.

I want to do this blanket that calls for 3 knit, 3 purl, 3 knit, 3 purl and so on. Well here's a picture. I have the 3 knit on the right and the 3 purl (as I attempted) on the left. But what's with the extra diagonal piece between the two sets of 3? What am I doing wrong?

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Old 06-28-2012, 07:19 AM   #2
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Hi, welcome to knitting and to KH!
It looks like you're bringing the yarn over the needles when you switch between knits and purls. You should bring the yarn between the needles when you switch. That way you won't get that extra diagonal or unwanted yarn over in your knitting. Take a look at the Free Videos at the top of the page under Getting Started which may help too. Enjoy learning and knitting the blanket.
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:00 AM   #3
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Hmm, ok, not sure, but ok, I will like at the videos, thanks.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:04 AM   #4
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Yes, you've brought the yarn over the needle to switch from purl to knit and that will add a stitch. On the Tips page there's some videos for Basic Stitches, which includes ribbing. That's what k3 p3 is, more or less.
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