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Old 05-07-2010, 10:15 AM   #91
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You've used yarn in making the extra stitches, so when you let them drop, the knitting is loose in those areas. It's okay, the extra yarn will adjust back into the sts around it when you wash the cloth.

When you switch from knit to purl move the yarn between the needles not over the top. Bringing it over the top of the needle is what gives you the extra stitches.
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:27 AM   #92
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Yes, make sure you've moved the yarn between the needles and have the yarn in the correct place before making the next stitch.

To knit the yarn must be in the back of the work.

To purl you bring the yarn forward between the needles and purl the stitch. If the next stitch after the purl is a knit you bring the yarn between the needles to the back.

I'm not sure what you mean "you let the loop go free"... are you actually dropping the stitch off the needle?
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Old 05-07-2010, 11:54 AM   #93
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Yes, it seems like she dropped the YO that was made by bringing the yarn over the top of the needle off the needles.
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Yes, it seems like she dropped the YO that was made by bringing the yarn over the top of the needle off the needles.
That's what I was wondering. I don't think it'll adjust back in completely though if it was a yarn over. That will always leave a hole.
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Old 05-07-2010, 01:01 PM   #95
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No, the sts will probably still be a little loose there, but some of the yarn can be worked into the sts on either side. In lace knitting this is what you do if you make a YO where there wasn't supposed to be one. Of course lace is knit at a lot looser gauge than other things.
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Old 06-09-2010, 07:34 PM   #96
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im a total beginner learning how to knit. im doing my first practice square, but its becoming triangular as mysterious extra stitches keep appearing. i started with about 25 stitches, and fifteen rows in i had 38!! after another ten rows i have 45. what am i doing wrong???? im really confused.
I think what is the problem (I made this mistake too ) is that when you start the first stich there is a strange loop right in front of the stich. If you knitt that loop you will end up with another stich. You have to go behind it and knitt that stich. Hope this helps! I'm new at this too!
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:17 PM   #98
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I need tip on how to deal with extra stitches.
Hi Ladies:

I'm new to knitting and to this forum. I'm getting those mysterious extra stitches mentioned in this thread. I understand now that the last stitch has to be oriented down instead of up and over the needle. But now when I pull the stitch down and behind the needle, I'm getting a loose stitch on the back and it won't tighten up. Any tips?

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That first stitch is often loose. The way to minimize it is to knit that stitch and the first 2 after it more tightly than normal at the beginning of that row. This will kind of wrap that loose stitch around the needle for a tighter look.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:29 AM   #100
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What I do is work the first st, then pull the yarn a little after, and knit the next couple of sts tighter. That seems to help keep the edge sts nice and even.
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