Hi there! I literally just began knitting -- an avid knitter friend taught me how while I taught her how to crochet. I'm absolutely loving it, and loving it more than crocheting, for some reason. Because my friend has tendonitis in her wrists, she uses circular needles; I liked how they looked and how the weight of the project rests on the wire part, instead of the back of the needle, saving my wrists.
The problem I am having is, not with knitting, but with purling, with these needles. I've looked at the videos (and oh dear god, are they helpful) but it seems I'm struggling to make a purl stitch with these needles since I can't angle it down very well. They end up tight or just wrong entirely. Any advice on this?
I need to get this down before Saturday. I am driving across country with my father and I'd like to just be able to do the pattern I'm working on without thinking (since I won't have a connection to the intarwebs!).
Thanks for your help!
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I did think maybe it was too short a needle as well.... And purling continental can be more difficult for some people. Try purling english style - some people knit conti/purl english. Or look at combined knitting at www.anniemodesitt.com
If you're going to get a longer needle, then you don't need to switch purling styles. After you've been knitting a while, it'll be easier and you probably won't have as much problem with the short needles then.