I am at a lost right now with teaching someone to knit. I have taught her the basics and had her start with a garter st dishcloth . But it’s not going well. When she makes mistakes she just keeps on going no matter what it looks like and either adds sts or drops sts as she goes. The dishcloth was a disaster . I have her working on a 4 by 4 swatch right now of a st pattern she came up with ,5 rows knit , 2 rows purl, repeat . She showed me her swatch which was half way there with no mistakes other than she is a tight knitter and I told her how proud I was of her , that she did a very nice job so far . Then today she hands me her unfinished swatch and says here tell me what I did wrong . I didn’t know were to begin. Dropped sts,incomplete sts (don’t know how to explain it) she ends up with what looks like two sts when she’s done knitting the st,split (yarn) sts, purled when you should have knitted the row and “I have know idea what you did here ?”
I was at a lost as to why she kept knitting with so many mistakes staring back at her . So we had a refreshers, class on how to find mistakes and fix them . How to unknit knit sts and purl sts, how to ‘Tink’ . How to pick up dropped sts. How to know if your sts are sitting right on your needles .
I told her “You can do this, because you showed me you could with the first half of your swatch, you did it perfect , so I know you can do this”
How do I teach her to knit looser , I think it would help her to see her mistakes . I have repetitively worked with her yarn placement in her hand having her try several different ways of holding the yarn but she keeps going back to this weird two finger lifting the yarn up and over :shrug:
She’s been trying for a month now to get a swatch knitted with out a mistake and I don’t know what else I can do for her .