Please help a newbie

[COLOR=“RoyalBlue”][FONT=“Book Antiqua”]Hi everyone, I’m new to knitting, I just started this past Tuesday. I’m hoping someone can help me with this. When I do a knit stitch, I have a really hard time getting my needle threw the existing loop on the other needle. I know it has something to do with my tension and how I’m holding the yarn but I just can’t seem to figure it out. I was doing the English method but have started doing the continental (it helped but I still have trouble). I’ve been holding the yarn as advised on here; I’m really not sure what I’m doing wrong and I’m hoping you guys can help me. Thanks. [/FONT][/COLOR]

There’s really nothing that you can do for it other than to not knit so tightly. One thing that new knitters have a tendency to do is to tug the yarn after you make the stitch to make it tight. You usually don’t need to do that. The stitches will work themselves out after you get the hang of knitting.

Another thing that new people tend to do is to be very tense while knitting. Try to make sure that you are relaxed while you are knitting. If you notice that you are squeezing your needles too tight, you are probably knitting tightly as well. Don’t be a white knuckle knitter.

Knitting, like any skill, is going to take some time and a lot of practice to get. Knitting involves a pretty decent amount of dexterity in your hands. This isn’t soemthing that most people are used to, because most people don’t make small detailed motions with their fingers on a regular basis. So all of this is goign to come in time. Just relax and it’ll come.

You probably aren’t doing anything wrong. Knitting too tight is common for new knitters. Try not to yank the yarn tight after you make a stitch. Leave it looser. As you get more practice your tension will improve.

It doesn’t matter which method you use, both work well and require practice.

[COLOR=“Teal”]:woohoo: Thanks for the advice, I didn’t relize I was pulling the yarn so tight, but after you guys mentioned it I relized that’s what I was doing. It’s soooooooooooo much better now. Thank you so mucc!!! :thumbsup: [/COLOR]