This is going to be a strange problem to explain without using pics or videos, but I don't have a camera so I'll try: I can't seem to do any knit or purl stitches after each other, or next to each other. Every time I try to do a purl stitch after a knit stitch or try to do both stitches in the same row, a very odd thing happens - I'll get a weird stitch that crosses over another stitch and then when I go to knit (or purl) that stitch in the next row, I'll often get an extra loop on the left needle like I slipped (not purled) that stitch. I really don't know how to explain this any clearly than that. Does anyone understand my problem?
I thought maybe I'm purling wrong but I've purled successfully plenty of times. I knitted an all-purl scarf and can do stockinette just fine so I know I'm doing my knits and purls correctly. I just can't seem to do these stitches NEXT TO EACH OTHER because for some reason they look knotted and messy and I get problems like extra loops on the next row or then I try to knit the purled stitch, it looks like I'm pulling off more than one stitch (some kind of weirdo combined stitch is created...it's like a stitch criss-crossed with another stitch). I watched several purl videos to make sure I'm not doing anything wrong (I knit English) and I'm sure I'm not. Why can't I seem to knit these two stitches next to each other??? I'm almost positive there must be some problem with the way I'm purling, but why do I only have this problem when I'm trying to knit and purl in the same row, not when I do stockinette?
Btw, something else: when I first learned the purl stitch, I didn't have this problem! I could knit and purl in the same room just fine (I know because one day without even knowing what I was doing, I knitted a swatch of seed stitch without any problems). So I know how to do this but for some reason, it just isn't working right now.
Does anyone have ANY idea what is going on? It is driving me bats and until I figure out what's wrong, I can't knit anything except garter and stockinette.