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Old 02-11-2005, 11:46 AM   #1
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I am a brand new knitter, did this a little as a child but forgot everything. So I cast on the stitches and just doing a practice 15 cast on and the knit and purl stitch seems to go fine. Then I start an afghan project 252 stitches cast on, 35 inch circular needles. After initial cast on and during the first knit stitch I develope a line of yarn between the needles that gets longer with each stitch, this happened with the test but only 15 stitches so it wasn't an issue didn't get longer than one inch but seems to be a problem with last stitch hanging. With the afghan so many stitches the line of yarn between the needles continues to get longer. I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong, the knit stitch or the cast on. Help!
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:00 PM   #2
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What kind of cast on did you use? If you just did the kind of cast on with just making yarn loops on the needle, the first row is almost impossible to keep tight and neat. If this is the case, try casting on with a different method and see if that helps the situation.
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:09 PM   #3
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I did just use the loop on my finger and onto needle, as the line gets longer I do have to pull it to tighten the knit stitch on the other needle I will have to look at other methods of casting on as this is the only one I know its tuff being new
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Old 02-11-2005, 12:51 PM   #4
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If I'm understanding you correctly, it sounds like your cast-on is narrower than you knitting? This is quite normal. When you cast-on stitches for a project, it needs to be the number of stitches that is calculated based on the gauge you get from knitting a swatch. You can't estimate the width of the project based on how wide your cast-on appears. It always grows!

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Old 02-11-2005, 12:57 PM   #5
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No, its tuff to explain and I'm sure its something I'm doing wrong so probably doesn't happen to you. After initial cast on I proceed to knit stitch and in between the two needles developes a line of yarn that grows longer with every stitch. It also has tension that seems to be related to newer knit stitch. So for my test its fine, doesn't get to much longer than an inch but for the afghan 252 stitches it was wicked long and I had to stop. try to picture the two needles should be close instead I have a long line of yarn in between. I have a digital camera if I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong I will take a picture and post it. Although that will only make it more clear how inept I am at this.
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LOL Nannie, I'm embarrased to post pictures too. But last time I wouldn't have figured out what I was doing wrong without posting the pic and receiving everyones comments. Finally, I was able to get it right, so it all worked out :D

Good luck on the afghan!!
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Old 02-11-2005, 01:01 PM   #7
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thanks, I sit here in work all caught up and just want to go home and figure this out. But they don't pay me to knit
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I think what she is doing is using the Loop cast-on. This happened to me when I first started knitting, too. You insert the needle to do row 1, and somehow you sort of pull the needles apart, knit the stitch and wind up with this cord-like piece of yarn between the two needles. It's cured by just not using that cast-on method, or if a person can make sure to be super-careful to not pull the needles away from each other during row 1.
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What I mean is casting on using the method in Amy's video called Single cast on a.k.a. backward loop cast on. As Amy says, it's easy but tricky to knit evenly.
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Ahhh yes, I think Yvonne has hit the nail on the head. It's just in the cast-on row that this is happening? Then yes, this is it!

Try using the long-tail cast-on. It actually gives you an already-knitted row, so it saves you a lot of knitting time on a project like that! And it's a great general cast-on method.

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