I'm literally finding it impossible to get even simple patterns right. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
I spent what must have been 6 hours doing a pattern yesterday and followed every little step accurately, writing down each instruction such as k1 as I went to ensure I didn't miss anything. I also got my Mum to show me things I wasn't sure of as she's a fairly experienced knitter.
Today I finally cast off and the deranged knitted object I created looks NOTHING like the picture. It's wonky, holey and curvy and I have no idea why.
So I moved on to a new, simpler pattern and refused to give up, but as I got to the end of the row I found I had one extra stitch on the end of a row that didn't fit in with the pattern, despite following the pattern exactly and casting on the correct amount of stitches.
I know as someone fairly new to knitting I will make mistakes, but it really isn't as if I'm aiming too high, I'm focusing on really simple patterns and just can't get it right. It's frustrating because I just feel stuck and don't know how to move forward if I can't get even simple patterns right.
Do any experienced knitters have any advice for how they learnt or improved?