Hello. My name is Melissa. I am an experienced crocheter, and saw some knitting needles laying around tonight and decided to teach myself how to knit. I have to say the videos on this site helped me tremendously. However, I do have a couple questions. I am still working on the knit stitch. I have mastered casting on, and struggling with the knit stitch. I have been using the continental method. First, what do I do with the “tail” that is left over after casting on? Second, it seems that my last few stitches are VERY loose. What could I be doing wrong? And lastly, I have been practicing with a small ball of Red Heart worsted weight yarn. I am having trouble with getting all of the stitch, and having at least one ply of the 4 being “left behind” on the left hook. What is a good yarn to use to practice with? Thanks so much!