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Old 03-16-2009, 01:22 PM   #11
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BTW, one thing I did when moving to circulars for the first time was to put the little rubber ends of the needles I wasn't using. Those were like my training wheels and after a while I didn't need them anymore and it gave me confidence and experience working with 4 or 5 needles at once!

Another thing I learned is that the wooden needles lose stitches less often because they aren't so slippery, so you might get yourself a set of those for your first project. By your second circular project you will probably feel confident enough to use the faster aluminum ones!
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:47 PM   #12
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Lots of good advice. The only thing I would add, and this helped my wife a lot, would be to get a good understanding of the construction of a knitted or purled project. Once you understand the construction of knitted fabric, which is basically loops pulled though loops, it makes things a lot easier because you understand what the directions are trying to achieve.
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:34 PM   #13
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I'm with Ladyfirelyght (hope I spelled that right). Make mistakes on purpose. I practiced dropping stitches and picking them up until I had no fear.

(or no fear anyway until I tore out about 12 rows of a lace pattern over 1 repeat thinking that I could fix my mistake in just that area and pick them all up again.)
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:59 PM   #14
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(or no fear anyway until I tore out about 12 rows of a lace pattern over 1 repeat thinking that I could fix my mistake in just that area and pick them all up again.)
I've done that. And I figured it out eventually. But it took an hour, a drink, and the air was blue by the time I was done! It would have been much faster to simply tink or frog back.

Mind you, I've gotten VERY good at frogging back.

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Old 03-19-2009, 04:38 PM   #15
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Also, since you've started on straight needles (knitting and purling)..remember when you work a project in the round (once you've joined it) and to achieve stockinette stitch you will only need to use a "knit" stitch..round and round(this will give you a stockinette stitch..) You can do it...

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Old 03-19-2009, 05:53 PM   #16
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I've just finished my first big project - a sweater for myself - on circulars... my first time...
I reknit it 3 times and the neck, 4 times.... got a bit nasty there for a while but someone here gave me some good advice...
It's only yarn, it's only knitting... they said...
In other words, doing over is nothing to be scared about. For one thing you learn so much...
I've started my first sock now and I've had a devil of a time with it but I kept on going and now, after about 12 rip outs, the sock is finally begun...
If I can do it, you can do it. because I'm all thumbs...

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