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Old 04-14-2009, 10:35 PM   #1
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Newbie question...having problems early on
Hello! This is my first post on the forums, so I hope this questions isn't too simple for all the pros here

Basically, I think I'm having problems with twisted stitches once I start knitting onto the left needle from the right. I look at my work, and I've got some rows and stitches looking picture perfect, and others...not as much.

I've looked at the videos frame by frame and I'm doing it all just as they instruct, but like I said I think my problem is coming from when I start going back and knitting onto the left needle. I became increasingly frustrated as the ones which looked "twisted" on the needle ended up looking better in the work.

Anyway, if there's anyone that could give me some step-by-step advice as to what I need to do with the yearn once I'm working back onto the left needle that would be really helpful. Then again, any hints or suggestions as to what I may be doing wrong would be great too! Like I said, I think my main problem is where I putting the yarn on the needle, since I know I'm putting it through at the right angle.
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Old 04-14-2009, 10:38 PM   #2
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Watch how you wrap the stitches, especially the purl stitch. These illustrations may help you, english or continental, whichever way you hold the yarn -
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:36 AM   #3
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It sounds like you're doing backwards knitting for some rows (knitting sts FROM right needle to left). If that's the case, there is a video for knitting backwards here:

If that's not what you're doing and I misunderstood...sorry! I'll claim it's because it's only 5:30am!!
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:35 AM   #4
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It takes time to get used to how exactly knitting works and how it's supposed to look and how to make that happen. Just keep at it and it'll get loads easier. No question is too simple around here!
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:55 PM   #5
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I'm a bit confused as to what you mean by knitting on to the left needle as well if you aren't left handed or knitting backwards. If you can post a photo it might help.

But usually if your stitches are twisted it's because you're knitting into the wrong "leg" of the stitch. Your stitch should "sit" on the needle with the front leg leading (unless you knit using the combined method).

As Suzeeq mentions, how you purl affects the orientation of the knit stitch in the following row. If you're an English knitter and you throw the yarn diagonally from left to right (or another way of thinking, if you wrap the yarn under the right needle) then the stitches will twist.
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