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Old 11-16-2004, 08:21 PM   #1
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Help...new knitter ready to quit!!!!
Hi there...I just need a little encouragement!! I just learned how to knit and I working on a small sweater (the lady at my knitting store recommended) and I keep messing up...ending up with more stitches than I cast on, or less or loops hanging on my ends....Did anyone here have any trouble learning???
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Old 11-17-2004, 12:37 AM   #2
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Hi Chris!

We're with you... knitting is HARD! Especially at first! It requires a great deal of coordination, significant mathmatic ability at times, and, hardest of all, patience!

How many times have we all had to unravel the work? ...The sock I'm knitting this week has been partially unraveled three times already, and I just knit the same exact pair last week!

It gets easier. Not because you become perfect, but because you get used to having to unravel! LOL

Don't give up! You're definitely one of us now!

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Old 11-17-2004, 02:24 PM   #3
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Don't give up.

It is hard at first for all the reasons Amy said, but also because you don't have the experience yet to "read" your work so you don't know what loops should be where and what loops shouldn't be anywhere.

This will come to you if you keep practising and if you study what is actually happening when you knit a stitch - all you are actually doing is pulling a loop of yarn through the stitch on the previous row, either from back to front for a knit stitch or front to back for a purl stitch. In straightforward stockinette ( knit 1 row, purl 1 row) or garter st( k all rows) if you have a loop that doesn't come from a stitch on the previous row then it shouldn't be there and you can drop it off the needle with no problems.

When you get onto fancier stitches and things that need shapes other than a rectangle you will start deliberately adding stitches probably using methods you have already used unintentionally to get your unwanted extra stitches!

Good Luck :D
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Old 11-17-2004, 03:02 PM   #4
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Chris,
It happens to everyone. Even advanced knitters have days when everything seems to go wrong. Do you remember the first time you used a mouse on a computer? How about the first time you tried to ride a bike? There is a learning curve and it will take some time.
If you are really a beginner, I'd honestly suggest that you avoid starting with a project like a sweater. It's not that I don't think you can do it, it's just that it takes so long to complete it that it can be too frustrating to stay with it.

Try starting with something like a hat. Smaller and faster than a scarf, hats can be completed in a week if you only knit a little or a couple days if you knit a lot. There are some really fun patterns that have little to no shaping and knit up super fast.

If I might shamelessly promote my own patterns, you might enjoy making this:
http://marniemaclean.com/patterns/Ha.../happyhat.html
It's simple, fast and cheap to make

As a note on keeping track of your stitches, try working a few rows where you count your stitches on every row. One common mistake that beginners make when working in Garter stitch is that they try to put their yarn in back when they start a new row. When you turn your work at the end of a garter stitch row, the yarn should start out hanging in FRONT of the work. If you wrap your yarn around the back you will make an extra stitch.

Hang in there and don't lose hope.
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Thanks for all the encouragement!! I am doing a little better...still not quite there with visualizing what happens at the end of a row.....sigh, but Rome was not built in a day :D And after all the imperfections make it personal.....right???
And you should all be glad you never saw me ride a bike hee hee
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Old 11-23-2004, 10:43 PM   #6
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Imperfections (although probably slight ones, preferably) are indeed part of anything that's hand crafted.

I have days when I really want to throw my knitting across the room because come what may, it just won't work out the way I want it. But instead I put it aside for a bit, do something else and then come back to it with a fresh mind and nimble fingers. Eventually, it works out.

Keep with it. You won't regret it.

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Old 02-03-2008, 10:25 PM   #7
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When i teach people to knit [and when I first leanrt] the first thing to do is find out what to do when things go wrong - because it really helps to prevent getting disheartened and stuck. So i recommend looking up online, or in a book, tecniques for dropped stitche, unravelling, repairing bits and so on. If you're equipped with how to fix a problem you won't have to start over from scratch every time.

Also, as a beginner, it can be handy to count your stitches at the end of every row to make sure you're not doing something that in increasing or decreasing by mistake. Having said that, I have made lots of things where I have lost a stitch somewhere and I'm not sure how, and it hasn't caused a ladder, so no harm done I reckon.
Finally, I like knitting while watching tv, but sometimes I have to turn the sound off or pause it so i can concentrate - tv can ruin patterns!

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Old 02-03-2008, 11:03 PM   #8
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Im just starting out too and had the same problem with ending up with more loops than i cast on, i learnt from people here i was probably picking up stitches.. Sooo eventually i gave in an pulled it all apart and started over yesterday, It's currently free of mistakes! Just take it reallllly slowly and look really carefully at where the needle is going (I've been checking i haven't gained a loop each row too, so if there's a mistake it'll be easier to undo)

Good luck! and keep trying
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Old 02-04-2008, 12:09 AM   #9
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hang in there Chris. It'll get better. When I first started knitting ALL of my stitches where twisted and I didn't know it so it was REALLY hard for me to knit with any speed. Just keep at it, things will work themselves out
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Old 02-04-2008, 01:01 AM   #10
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You'll get there, Chris. I still get frustrated at times, but as I've learned to read my knitting, it's become easier. As Ingrid says, "Trust the pattern!." You might also want to watch the excellent videos that Sheldon and Amy have made available to us here at KH.
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