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Old 11-12-2006, 05:21 AM   #1
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what is the next step after cast on?
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i have tried watching the video by amy for beginners but there is something wrong with the video posted. now i am stuck cos i have finished the 1st row with the cast on and i dont know how to continue. can anyone help?
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It depends on what you want to make. If you cast on as many stitches as your pattern calls for, you start the next row. If you post a little more information, we can try to help you better.
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Old 11-12-2006, 06:09 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by horve1
It depends on what you want to make. If you cast on as many stitches as your pattern calls for, you start the next row. If you post a little more information, we can try to help you better.
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i am trying to knit a scarf. basically i have finished the 1st row of cast on (everything in on my needle) i dont have any more of the "tail" to cast on, anyway, i have kinda decided this will be the width of the scarf. so now i am clueless on what i should do next.
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Old 11-12-2006, 07:03 AM   #4
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Do you know the knit stitch yet? Or the purl stitch? If not, watch the video on the knit stitch and knit the stitches you cast on with your other needle. Then it depends on how adventurous you want to get. You can just keep knitting your stitches from one needle to the other until your scarf is as long as you want it to be, or you can try the purl stitch from that video and alternate rows of purl. Or alternate knit and purl in a row.
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:32 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by strawberri
i am trying to knit a scarf. basically i have finished the 1st row of cast on (everything in on my needle) i dont have any more of the "tail" to cast on, anyway, i have kinda decided this will be the width of the scarf. so now i am clueless on what i should do next.
thanks for yr advice
Once you work those stitches, they'll be a lot wider than they are now. But basically, put the needle in your left hand and take the yarn that's attached to the ball/skein and make your first stitch. Look at the video for knit stitch and keep doing that over and over again. Don't be discouraged if it looks different than in the video.

Something I think all new knitters should do is get some cheap practice yarn and work with that before starting their project. Many of them get frustrated during the learning process and if they're not using the `good' yarn, I think their expectations aren't as high and they can relax more and learning is a little easier.

Just a couple cents worth....

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Originally Posted by horve1
Do you know the knit stitch yet? Or the purl stitch? If not, watch the video on the knit stitch and knit the stitches you cast on with your other needle. Then it depends on how adventurous you want to get. You can just keep knitting your stitches from one needle to the other until your scarf is as long as you want it to be, or you can try the purl stitch from that video and alternate rows of purl. Or alternate knit and purl in a row.
Hope that helps!
oh. u mean i have to transfer the stitches from one needle to another like what is done in the video? i think i know what you mean...thanks!!
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Originally Posted by strawberri
i am trying to knit a scarf. basically i have finished the 1st row of cast on (everything in on my needle) i dont have any more of the "tail" to cast on, anyway, i have kinda decided this will be the width of the scarf. so now i am clueless on what i should do next.
thanks for yr advice
Once you work those stitches, they'll be a lot wider than they are now. But basically, put the needle in your left hand and take the yarn that's attached to the ball/skein and make your first stitch. Look at the video for knit stitch and keep doing that over and over again. Don't be discouraged if it looks different than in the video.

Something I think all new knitters should do is get some cheap practice yarn and work with that before starting their project. Many of them get frustrated during the learning process and if they're not using the `good' yarn, I think their expectations aren't as high and they can relax more and learning is a little easier.

Just a couple cents worth....

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thanks sue =) am gonna try out now since i can't sleep now. haha
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Old 11-12-2006, 11:54 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by strawberri
oh. u mean i have to transfer the stitches from one needle to another like what is done in the video? i think i know what you mean...thanks!!
Yup, they don't do it by themselves...

That's what knitting is - working stitches off one needle onto the other, then switch needles and doing it all over again

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Old 11-12-2006, 01:04 PM   #9
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Here's another site that teaches you step by step. It's helpful to have in addition to the videos plus you can print them out.

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Lion Brand - Learn to knit

Since you are obviously in the very early stages of learning I have a few suggestions.

~Knitting takes practice so don't get discouraged.
~Don't keep ripping it out if it's not perfect, just keep going.
~There will be some loose stitches here and there, but that's okay. It all evens out as you get better.
~Learn what a purl and a knit stitch look like.
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My humble opinion:
Videos are great for learning specific techniques -- I learned a lot from the increase and decrease videos. But I'm not sure you can cobble together a whole how-to-knit course. Proof: the fact that you didn't know what to do after casting on.

If I were just starting out, I'd get a copy of The Knit Stitch by Sally Melville. It goes step by step, telling you exactly what to do next, and not confusing you with a lot of extra stitch patterns. Yet, using only one stitch, you can make really good-looking sweaters, scarves, hats, and many other items. Melville is a great teacher and the book is like having her looking over your shoulder as you learn.

When you've absorbed everything in the book, you can go on to the second book in the series, The Purl Stitch, and then you're really flying -- there's nothing you can't make.
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