Brand new knitter.......getting stuck!

It’s hard to ask advice, without showing the problem I am having, but I am hoping that it is a comman error and someone can help me.

I am new to knitting, and have learnt from the videos to cast on, and I could remember the ‘knit’ from childhood. I have also taught myself purl from the videos here.

On the end of each row there is a large hoop of wool…like it doesn’t belong to the row. I have unpicked over and over again, and just can’t work out why this is happening. The row looks fine…does anyone know why each end of row is like this?

Any advice would be great

I think this is a common problem amongst new knitters. I have read several threads here where others have complained of the same “loose” look. I believe that if you knit the last stitch of the row and then hold the ball yarn fairly tightly to the stitch while you turn and make the first stitch of the next row, that it leaves the edge a bit nicer and less loopy. Also, I pull up that last stitch and slip the first stitch of the next row and it makes the edges look better.

I am not sure if this is what you are describing, but if the rest of your work looks great and your edges are a bit raggedy, look for those types of discussions.

Looking at the loop closer (without losing my temper and throwing it all away!), it seems like the knit isn’t a full knit. As if it hasn’t been knitted properly.

Can any one describe for me how to do the last stitch on a row, and how you then turn it over??

Sorry to sound so silly!

I’m not sure about your exact problem, but if you are getting a big, loopy looking stitch at the end of your row/beginning of the next row, there are a couple of things you can try.

One solution is to slip the first stitch of each row (slip it from the left needle to the right needle without knitting it), then start your knitting (or purling) with the second stitch in the row.

Another solution is to knit (or purl) the first stitch of each row, but make sure you pull up any slack in the yarn when you insert the needle for the second stitch.

Each method gives you a specific look to your edge, so you can play with them and pick the one you like the best.

If you think your problem is with the last stitch in each row, make sure you knit (or purl) it just the same as you knit (or purled) the second-to-last stitch in each row. Another thing you might watch for is that in flipping the work you haven’t inadvertently pulled the last stitch (which becomes the first stitch after you flip it) upside-down. After you flip the work, make sure everything is hanging vertically, that your working yarn is trailing off the back if you are knitting, or off the front if you are purling…