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Old 01-01-2009, 03:30 AM   #1
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I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I've been trying to learn how to knit for a few months and I'm just about to completely give up.

I understand casting on, and I'm fairly good at it, but every time I try, my stitches come out crooked and inconsistent. The don't really go down a straight line, they just sort of spiral down my needle. Every once in a while, they come out good enough for me to carry on. (They still look nothing like the ones in the videos... No where near as neat.) But then I absolutely can not get the next stitches through.

I've watched all the videos, but I can't figure out how to get the yarn to pull back through. I can do it most of the time on my first stitch, but not for any of the others. Can anyone give me any tips about how to correct my cast on's and how to... basically get started? I would really appreciate as I am getting very, very frustrated about this. I understand the idea, but I just can't seem to get my yarn and needles to do!
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:40 AM   #2
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Which cast on are you using when you run into trouble? It might be that switching to a different one could help.

Also, are your stitches really tight when you cast on? I have found that if I cast on too tightly, my stitches sometimes start to "spiral". If you have trouble with casting on too tightly there are a couple of things you might want to try:

Cast on with a needle one or two sizes larger than the needles you are going to do the project with

Put your two needles together (with the ends lined up and the points lined up), and cast on around both of them. When you are ready to knit, pull out one of the needles and you'll have a loose cast-on.

When I was learning to knit, I found that learning to cast on evenly was harder than knitting and purling evenly. It takes a lot of practice, and you'll get better at it with time. You can do it!
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:39 AM   #3
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I've been using the one demonstrated in the video on this site. Its a variation of the one that I had been using-basically the same, really, except for the slipknot. Its seems to be the easiest to me. I do tend to cast on rather tightly, and hadn't figured out a way to keep them consistent in that aspect. Thanks so much for the advice, I think that putting the two needles together will really help.

Do you have any advice about how to keep the space between stitches consistent? I went back and looked at the practice I'd been using and noticed that problem.
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Old 01-01-2009, 11:11 AM   #4
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There's about 3 or 4 different Castons in the videos, so doesn't really tell us much. Even stitches will happen as you get more practice, and the CO won't spiral around the needle after you do a couple more rows. So instead of taking it all out and starting over, just keep going. Knit a couple inches, then knit a few more. It just takes getting used to holding your hands, yarn and needles for everything to come together and the only way to do that is by keeping on knitting.
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