Hi everyone! My name is Joann and I am a new knitter. I have taken an beginnger class and now a intermediate beginner class at my LYS.
My teacher mentioned this site as a source of help outside class and I have been browsing around here.
This is a great place!
Anywho, last night in class we were given our new project. A small gift bag. We are doing it with double pointed needles. Casting on 30 stitches and then putting 10 on each needle for a total of three needles.
I am having an AWFUL time with this. Just awful!!! My teacher tried to work with me a bit in class last night but it was hard and frankly I still don’t get it. I have referred to my knitting books, watch the video here and googled the heck out of it…I feel a tiny bit better but still unsure of how to work with doublepointed needles.
I need step by step instructions, meaning the obvious needs to be spelled out for me!
How to you tell Needle 1 from Needle 3? Do you work clockwise or counterclockwise? working yarn always on the right I get but how after I have the 3 needles with 10 stitches on each (which I do now) what the heck do I do? I hear “just start knitting” but that ain’t working as the working yarn gets all twisted…My teacher had to rip it out last night cause it got so bad she couldn’t fix it…She started it over…I tried to continue it but think I screwed that up so I have ripped it out again…
Is it me? Am I just destined to not be able to do this?I love to knit…I have done scarves, one dishcloth and one hat …I loved to do those things…looking at this “mess” on these three needles just makes me wanna cry.
Any common sense plain English advice?