"Simple", that's all I hear from websites about this stitch. Yet it's proving to be the most difficult for me, which surely belies some bigger problem...
Hi, everyone -- my name is Mandy and I'm a first-time poster here, as well as a brand new knitter.
I've been at it for about a week now. I caught on to the Continental knit stitch within a day, and the Continental purl took about a day and a half. Last night I finally put them together and made some beautiful stockinette on my first shot, which (as you can probably guess) had me itching to start on a simple scarf I've been wanting to make...
Well, I know that just stockinette won't be good enough due to the curling, so I read that seed stitch would be great for the bottom and the sides.
Problem is, my seed stitch comes out like a tangled mess of yarn every time and I can't figure out why.
I've tried three different sizes of needles, two kinds of thread, holding the yarn six different ways, etc... but nothing helps. Admittedly my stance is awkward when I'm doing it, but so far even when I felt like I was getting the hang of it, the whole thing still came out looking like this (or worse):
What on earth am I doing wrong? Shouldn't my knit and purl stitches be discernable? I didn't think I was getting anything caught up in the pull of the yarn, but apparently that isn't the case... I'm really at wit's end here. I know I can't exactly be a good knitter if I can only do the basic two and not put them together on the same row. If anyone has any suggestions, please help me out...
I've watched video after video and I can plainly see with my eyeballs what is going on, but no matter how much I practice, I can't manage to manhandle the yarn the way video knitters seem to. I can't seem to coordinate my fingers to work that way and hold the needles steady (and move them) at the same time.
I spent the past 4 hours this morning struggling with this and I don't want to give up, but I really am wondering if I'm just missing something with my technique. You know how you can make rope by twisting three strands of hair or thread one way but if you let go and you've turned them the wrong way they just fall apart? I'm wondering if I'm doing something like that with my seed stitch and I'm just not aware of it.
Please help me figure out if this is an oversight due to my purling, or if I'm just not being nimble enough with the working yarn.
Thanks so much~