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Old 12-06-2007, 02:39 AM   #1
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grr....
alright i'm getting really frustrated right now. I have practiced and gotten the knit and purl stitches down pat, but as soon as i try to do a pattern with a combination of things i make a million mistakes and i cant figure out why. First i tried to do a pretty dishcloth the i frogged about ten times before i gave up (i never got more then two inches through it ) and then i tried to do a coaster that i frogged about five times before i gave up. i didn't think i was choosing patterns that were too complicated so i don't understand what my problem is. I want to tackle something with more then just plain knitting. ugh, thanks for letting me vent
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:47 AM   #2
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How long have you been knitting? How much of knit and purl did you actually do? What dishcloth pattern were you trying to do? It helps a lot to keep track of your rows. You may have to go very slowly at first so you don't make a mistake. But if you do just keep at it.

The best advice anyone can give really is to just practice.
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Old 12-06-2007, 04:04 AM   #3
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Princess, I have to second what Jan wrote. After crocheting for years, it was very hard to switch to knitting. It took a lot of practice, and I'm still making dumb errors. And when you get frustrated, put it down, go away for awhile, then come back to it. You'll get there.
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Old 12-06-2007, 04:20 AM   #4
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Are you trying to do anything else at the same time?
(like watching television or talking to someone)

When I was first knitting knit/purl combination stitches, I had to turn off EVERYTHING, and really concentrate on what I was doing. After a while, I was able to do it easier, and was able to multi-task again.

I still sometimes have to go into "the zone" when I'm doing lace knitting. I'll go into my craft room, close the door, and turn off my cellphone if it's a really complicated pattern.
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Old 12-06-2007, 04:21 AM   #5
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Practice makes perfect! Just keep on trying. Try a dishcloth that is only the knit stitch. Here is the one I learned on:

CO 4 stitches. K one row. Next and every row to 26 rows; K2, YO, K to end. Row 27: K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, K to end. Repeat Row 27 until you have 4 stitches on the needle again. K one row. BO.

This is so easy and you get something useful from it.

Also, I always keep a little pad and pen with me when I am knitting. I write down the rows I have to knit (ie. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 etc.). When I am finished knitting the row, I cross it off the list. This way you will always know where you are. You can pick up your knitting at any time and know exactly what row you should be knitting. TIP: when not in use, keep the pad and pen in a ziplock bag in case the pen bursts, you don't want ink all over your pretty knitting and ziplock bags prevent that from happening. I also keep my knitting project (when I am not working on it) in a large ziplock bag so it is protected from any "accidents".

Good luck and don't give up, YOU WILL GET IT, sometimes it just takes time and practice!
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Old 12-06-2007, 07:33 AM   #6
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Princess, I feel your pain!
They say we learn from our mistakes, but sometimes I make mistakes that I cannot even figure out how I did them!

I've only been knitting a couple of months now, and I still make a lot of mistakes. Take your time, start simple, and focus. And, if you have a yarn shop nearby, take your errors to them and they'll usually happily fix them. I've made many trips to mine with my boo-boos.

It IS frustrating. I crocheted for years and that was so much easier, but I just love knitting. Even if I do stink at it, I am getting better. (Very, very, very slowly!)

Hang in there!
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Old 12-06-2007, 07:52 AM   #7
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I think we've all been there - and still go there from time to time regardless of how long we've been knitting. I, too, learned to crochet as a little thing. I struggled with knitting for a long time. But it was something I wanted to do so I stuck with it. I made LOTS of scarves and dishcloths to practice before I got brave enough to go on to other things ... and still have a long way to go! There's always something new and exciting for me to try. I tend to learn something (or do a new technique) with just about every project I do.
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:08 AM   #8
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I remember when I first started knitting my mom had me do 4" swatches of *just* knit or *just* purl. I'm not that mean to my students. I will generally teach them by doing a garter stitch (all knit) scarf. I do this so that they get the rhythm and flow of knitting. Then I teach them how to do a flat rolled brim hat (seamed up the back) using stockinette stitch (knit on the front, purl on the back) Again so they get the flow of the two and learn how to correct mistakes (which comes with learning any new artform). THEN I help them find something a bit more difficult. If you are trying to learn knit and purl by doing somethig a bit complicated or with lots of changes between the two, I would recommend backing off and mastering knit and purl even if all you are doing is making insanely long scarves or swatches using inexpensive yarn.
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Old 12-06-2007, 09:31 AM   #9
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Princess you sound exactly like me when I first started. I was so frustrated I was ready to give up. But I just kept at it and kept practicing until it finally started coming together for me.

As Jan wisely said, practice.

One big mistake I was making was when switching from a knit to a purl or visa versa I was forgetting to move the yarn from back to front or visa versa. Pay close attention to that.

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Old 12-06-2007, 09:42 AM   #10
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Hang in there...like other have said it takes practice...if you get to frustrated walk away for a bit...
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