Hey there. Remember me?
I’ve been trying to practice, but much of my energy has been spent on final projects for school. I finished my first bit of knitting last night - finally casting off/binding.
[I accidentally attached in-progress shots. Oops.]
It was super frustrating at first. I had been viewing videos and thought it all looked so easy… boy was I wrong. Eventually I just didn’t worry about my stitches looking odd and just went with it.
So I’ll try to remember all of the issues I ran into, and see if perhaps someone has a few suggestions to help me along.
- During Amy’s basic binding video, she mentions knitting the last stitch with the one below to create a tighter, more square edge. I tried to do this, but I think I just got lost in the stitches and wasn’t sure if I was grabbing the right things. I ended up knitting it normally and I did experience that loose edge.
Could someone explain this to me in more detail so I can try again?
I suppose that’s the only real concern pertaining specifically to that first project. Right now I’m beginning a new project that involves gasp purling! Well, really I’m trying to do ribbing by follow the “Simple Ribbed Scarf” pattern from this site: http://alison.knitsmiths.us/pattern_beginners_scarves.html
It’s a basic knit 2, purl 2 ribbing pattern.
So, concerns involving this new project:
I’m using the long-tail casting method. This creates a row of knitted stitches, which my pattern doesn’t call for. I don’t really want this in a ribbed pattern, do I? Should I use a different method or is it not enough of a problem to notice?
On a related note, I’ve realized that I’m casting tightly. My first row of knitting is always rather difficult. I really don’t feel like I’m pulling the yarn much when I cast each stitch, so it seems really odd that they end up so tight.
Are there any tricks to loosening things a bit?
When I’m trying to maneuver my stitches while knitting new rows, I find that I really struggle to move the stitches toward the end of the needle. I think this has a lot to do with me perhaps knitting tightly as well. However, I’m wondering if it has more to do with the fact that I’m using bamboo needles - should I maybe use metal instead? I also have issues (especially on that first row) getting the needle into the stitch - metal needles might help with this because they have sharper points, right?
During this k2, p2 ribbing pattern, I found myself staring at a random loop while trying to create a new row. I had no idea where this loop came from, or how to fix it, so I just knitted it. This probably wasn’t a great idea. Not only do I have a random hole in my knitting (which may or may not be from that random loop), but my pattern is totally off. I find myself beginning rows with k2 and ending with p1 or even p2 - something has definitely shifted.
Since my pattern is off, does that mean none of my stitches are going to line up and I’ll essentially create a lumpy knit?
Also, I only casted 36 stitches (if I counted those right) rather than 38. Would that ruin my pattern? I hoped that since it was an even number and/or a multiple of 2 that I’d be okay.
Oh and one last thing. Yarn.
For that first project, I used the typical worsted weight synthetic yarn - it’s super frizzy. For this new project, I’m using cotton yarn, though I think it is also partly synthetic - again, rather frizzy.
I feel like all of these frizzy bits are really getting in my way, and it’s hard for me to identify my stitches/knitting pattern/etc. Is there a better cheap yarn that I can use that will help me see things more clearly? What would be a good “first timer scarf yarn”?
Okay, I think that’s enough questions for now. I hope I’m not flooding you all with too much nonsense!
Thank you for any and all responses!!