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Old 11-12-2005, 01:07 AM   #11
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That's an *excellent* way to use your markers! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-20-2005, 12:26 PM   #12
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I'm only a week old! and I was really annoyed at the mysterious increase! but I found my problem. (bring your working yarn up and over the needle....do you see how that causes the "legs" of the last stitch on the needle to look like TWO stitches)

I am now knitting "squarely". If only I could figure out how to make my edges neater. Time to go hunt the boards!

Thanks so much for the great resources/help!
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Old 12-05-2005, 07:14 PM   #13
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Well said, y'all.

Babs, try slipping the first stitch of the row, or knitting it extra tight, for neat edges. I demo this in the Demo of a Small Project video at the top of the basic techniques/more page, along with a few other little tips.
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Old 12-23-2005, 08:17 PM   #14
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I have to say I'm so excited because I finally figured this out! I must have read this post 20 times and I just got this down.
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Old 02-04-2006, 07:34 PM   #15
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yay!
i'm extremely new to knitting (even thought i've tried it many times over the years) and i could never figure out how i kept adding stitches! right now i'm making my first project, a dishcloth with the letter C on it for the person who got me back into trying to knit. (my friend chantal). it starts with 35 stitches and now it's up to 36 by row 21. a few rows back i had 37 or 38 stitches and now they're gone. how the heck did i do that?

also, what's a good remedy for sore fingers? my fingers are killing me.

last thing...i find it very hard to knit after a row with purling. is there an easier way to get the kneedles in? i'm using size 8's.

thanks!
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well i think i can answer the after purling question. maybe.

i found out recently that i was wrapping my yarn around the needle the wrong way when i purled. i knew i was doing it different but my work didn't look any different when i was done so i decided it didn't matter. one day i saw someone say that it was creating a twisted stitch and that was why it was so hard to get the needle in. i have consciously switched the way i purl and it is way easier to get that needle in! it takes me longer because i am relearning how to purl but knitting after a purl row is much more pleasant!
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Old 02-04-2006, 07:53 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by brendajos
well i think i can answer the after purling question. maybe.

i found out recently that i was wrapping my yarn around the needle the wrong way when i purled. i knew i was doing it different but my work didn't look any different when i was done so i decided it didn't matter. one day i saw someone say that it was creating a twisted stitch and that was why it was so hard to get the needle in. i have consciously switched the way i purl and it is way easier to get that needle in! it takes me longer because i am relearning how to purl but knitting after a purl row is much more pleasant!

thanks! that's probably why my fingers are so sore! i'll have to go back and watch the video again for how to purl. if i switch during the project i'm making will that mess it up?

thanks again!
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Thank you for posting this, it has helped me soooo much
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If you are having problems pearling after a row of knitting chances are you are knitting too tight. You should have just enough tension in your stiches so that they don't fall off the needles. Also if you tug gently on your work after each row or so it kind of orients the stiches the right way. I hope this helps :D
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Old 03-16-2006, 03:37 AM   #20
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Originally Posted by amy
Well said, y'all.

Babs, try slipping the first stitch of the row, or knitting it extra tight, for neat edges. I demo this in the Demo of a Small Project video at the top of the basic techniques/more page, along with a few other little tips.
Amy, thanks for activating my account, I'm guessing my 2nd email didn't make it to you either, that's why I'm mentioning it now. Must be Prodigy email doesn't mix with whatever is used here.

MY QUESTION: I've heard about slipping the first stitch in every row to make a even border other places, and I see you mentioning it here. The thing that always puzzled me is if the first (and last) stitch of every roll is not worked, they will not grow and remain on the first row height while all the other stitches grow into long rolls. What am I thinking wrong here?
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