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Old 05-26-2007, 06:27 PM   #1
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loose stitch at end of first row
Hi there! I am brand new to knitting...just learning the very basics.

I have been practicing knitting and purling today and am running into a problem with the last stitch of the very first row. Every time I do it, that stitch is very loose and wonky.

I'm using the double cast on method and then purling the next row.

I am sure to tighten that first cast on stitch and I've tried it with a slip knot and without.

Any ideas?

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Old 05-26-2007, 07:45 PM   #2
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Slip the first stitch of each row and that will take care of your problem.
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Old 05-26-2007, 11:42 PM   #3
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Loose stitches like that are very common and happen to us all to a certain extent. Slipping the first stitch and knitting the last makes for nice edges, but in any case just keep going and it usually sorts itself out.

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Old 05-27-2007, 12:11 AM   #4
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Another way to avoid it is to pull extra on the first stitch of the row and to make the next 2-3 a little tighter. They'll be at the end of the next row and that might help to take up some of the extra that `travels' along the row.

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this happens to me a lot, i've found that slipping that stitch doesnt really help me. i've found that when you turn the work and knit that first stich, give it a little tug. The tug helps to reduce the size of it... at least for me.
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Old 06-03-2007, 11:24 PM   #6
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What does "slip the stitch" mean??? I'm VERY new to knitting, having this problem myself, and don't know what to do!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-04-2007, 12:25 AM   #7
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Put it onto your righthand needle without twisting it and without knitting it - just move it over. So put the rh needle through purlwise (in the same direction you do when you purl) and just take the lh needle out of that stitch.

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