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Old 11-26-2008, 03:36 PM   #11
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OK todays project is the K5, P5, K5, P5 that Jan suggested. Since I do the long tail CO the first row will already be knitted. Do I need to do another row of knit or just start the K&P pattern? I also knit Conti will this matter to the pattern?
Continental is just one way to knit, it makes no difference in a pattern.

Most people do not consider the CO the first row even if they use long tail.

Just cast on a multiple of 10 if you want to do the k5, p5 rib. That way it'll come out even on the end. Although it really doesn't matter for practice it's good to know. So here you go...

CO 30
1. k5, p5 across

I'm not going to tell you what comes after you turn.. really look at the stitches and learn what they look like like I showed in the sample. Remember that to rib you "knit the knits and purl the purls." Come back if you need more help.
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Old 11-26-2008, 04:46 PM   #12
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OK This is a first for 2 things. 1, this will be the first time I have used more than 1 stitch type, and 2, it will be the first time I have actually had to count. I count the number of loops I have on the needle to keep them the same with each row. Now I have to count each stitch to know hen to change.
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:45 PM   #13
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OK this is not working out very well. I got the 5 knit stitches on the needle without a hitch. When I try to purl the next 5 is where the trouble starts.
The way I am knitting, the knit stitch has the yarn on the back of the needle, the purl stitch has the yarn in the front of the needle. I am following Amy's video exactly for conti method and am a lefty, but this yarn placement is causing me a lot of trouble and frustration. I have frogged the first 10 stitches so many times my yarn is looking frazzled. What am I doing wrong?


ETA: I think I figured it out. At least now the yarn is where its supposed to be in its placement for each type of stitch.
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:18 PM   #14
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Yes, the yarn is in front for purls whether you are conti or not. You can count the stitches for each section. If you learn what the stitches look like then it's really much easier, too. Here's a site that also has good pictures if you need more help with stitches. Sometimes it helps when you get two or more explanations.
http://www.community.knitpicks.com/notes
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:35 PM   #15
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Yes after I got the yarn placement figured out, I have been happily knitting along smoothly, albeit slowly.
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Old 11-26-2008, 10:21 PM   #16
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I think there a mistake in here as it doesn't look right. I am thinking I lost count somewhere or flipped my pattern. I know its flipped at the bottom, its the top I am referring to. I hope you can see what I am talking about.
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:05 PM   #17
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The bottom 3 ribs or sections are fine. Then you purled when you should have knit. So just un-knit 15 sts and you'll be back on track.
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Un-knitting is a whole lot harder than knitting. I frogged the whole thing and started it over. The needle would not go back into the stitches as it was supposed to. This is a learning session so I don't mind frogging as long as I learn how to do the pattern
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:19 PM   #19
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You did it! Good for you! Making mistakes is a part of knitting so don't worry about it.

Learn how to tink (unknit) and when it's only a few stitches or rows you don't have to frog.
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter03/FEATwin03TT.html
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Old 11-26-2008, 11:36 PM   #20
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I think I know what I did wrong. Knitting is usually a quiet craft to be done in a quiet area. My house is NEVER quiet! There is always a dog barking, a cat meowing, a TV blaring, and a DH who is doing what DH's do best (annoying one who is trying to concentrate). My train of thought is always derailing. I noticed I would sometimes wrap the yarn over when doing the knit and sometimes I would wrap it under. I have to remember to do it ONE way or the other and not both. I think this is why the needle would not go back in correctly. The re-do is going much smoother and quicker. I am counting each stitch and DH is laughing. He says my mouth is moving faster than my hands and wants to know who I am talking to. I just look at him and say "the knit fairy is helping me and I am talking to her"
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