I'm a newbie here, several friends have pointed me to this site.
I learned to knit from this site and use the continental knit instructions.
I tried to make this dish cloth: Grandmother's Favorite
which builds the square on a diagonal using YO's to increase and YO & K2tog to decrease.
Everything seemed to go fine except my finished product is nowhere near square.
I understand the idea of adjusting needle size to fit a gauge, but I think if I were to use smaller or larger needles I would just get a smaller or larger football-shape? I also know I could "block" it but I am thinking the distorted shape indicates a problem with my knitting?
My little square back and forth knitted dishcloth
turned out fine, so my problem didn't come until I tried this diagonal thing.
Here is a picture of the finished *football* dishcloth (which actually looks closer to square in the picture than in real life):
and a close-up of the stitching on the "increase" portion, if it helps
I counted stitches as I went and really did increase only 2 stitches per row, like the pattern said ...
Can anyone help me figure out what I'm doing wrong?