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Old 08-23-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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probably a silly question, but...
Hello, knitters! I'm new to knitting--absolutely clueless-- and I've found the videos here really helpful. I am having a problem, though, and I can't decide whether it's something every new knitter experiences and works through, or whether there's something wrong with my thread/needle choices, or whether I'm just doing it wrong.

After casting on, is that first row of stitches normally very difficult? It seems like my casting-on is too tight, and I've loosened it a bit. But it's still not really working-- my stitches are very LOOSE on the second needle, often fall off, and look generally WRONG. I started with #9 plastic needles because that's what a friend recommended, but I wonder if those traditional metal ones would be easier.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks, Poppy
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Old 08-23-2009, 10:47 AM   #2
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Sorry, guys-- it is amazing how you can mess with something for days and not be able to figure it out, but the MOMENT you go back to it after posting a silly post on a message board, it suddenly becomes clear. I was misunderstanding the "off jumps jack" part and not pushing that stitch off the needle with the casting-on. Once I had pushed Jack off that pier a couple of times, all my problems solved themselves.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:05 AM   #3
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I'm not sure 'OffJumpsJack' who posts here would be amused. On the other hand, he's got a good sense of humor...
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:04 PM   #4
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Oh, dear-- my apologies, OffJumpsJack, if you read this.
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Old 08-23-2009, 12:22 PM   #5
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Don't worry about it, I was just making a funny. He'd think it was funny too.
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Old 08-23-2009, 01:27 PM   #6
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Now I can't get this vision of a line of Jack's jumping off a pier into the ocean out of my mind.....
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Haha! Offjumpsjack has a great sense of humor so he'd love it!

There is a 'demo of a small project' video that helps a lot of people, too.
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips
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