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Old 09-27-2006, 07:52 PM   #1
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Halfway through first project ... backwards!
Hello, all!

I'm a brand-new knitter, and was so excited about starting my first project -- a simple afghan (nine squares of all-knit rows to be sewn together). I've completed two of the nine squares and was merrily starting the third when I realized ...

... I've been wrapping the yarn around the needle BACKWARDS (counter-clockwise) the whole time! Everything else about the way I created the stitches was correct, so it's not like I've been purling. (I've been purling backwards, too, but that's another story ...)

So now that I've seen the error of my ways, I'm wondering if I have to do all nine afghan squares this way. Can I start knitting correctly? Or will it make a big difference in the way the thing looks?

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Old 09-27-2006, 08:54 PM   #2
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Why not try doing one right and comparing to see how noticeable the difference is to you? If it is a lot, maybe just knit four of them like that and put them on the corners while knitting the others the "right" way.

Any way you look at it, it is your afghan...you can do whatever you want with it AND you can always say that it was designed like that!
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I'd be curious to see how much of a difference there is in the final product. :thinking:
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Old 09-27-2006, 10:45 PM   #4
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Thanks so much for your kind words of advice ... I love the idea of just telling people that it was all part of my brilliant design! One of the things I'm working on in my life right now is to just LET GO and let things happen, instead of holding on with a death grip all the time. Sounds like that applies in knitting as well.

I'm so glad I found this board! I'll let you know how the afghan turns out. At my current knitting rate, I'll be done sometime in 2009!
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I think I may do this also, but I'm not sure. I just taught myself to knit, and I somehow learned Continental. Is there a difference b/w Continental and English in whether the yarn is wrapped clockwise or counterclockwise? Everything looks right to me, but I don't want to get into bad habits! I'm not very advanced yet--only basic knitting and purling, but when (optimistic, aren't I?!) I get to more advanced projects, I don't want to be confused.

BTW, this is my first post. I discoverd the site yesterday, and I'm already addicted. It's fabulous!
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The difference between English and Continental is just what hand you hold the working yarn in. There is c'ombined knitting' though, in which the yarn is wrapped the opposite way.
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Originally Posted by knitqueen
The difference between English and Continental is just what hand you hold the working yarn in. There is c'ombined knitting' though, in which the yarn is wrapped the opposite way.
Although in combined knitting the purl stitch is `scooped', not wrapped, but the end result is an opposite wrap. Look on Annie Modesitt's site to see the difference.

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