Problem getting the first real row started

Hi,
I’ve just started knitting. (yesterday) I can cast on the first row and then following the instruction on the video i can ‘knit’ the first real row. but the further i go along the line the more slack i have between the work on the right and the left… at the end, the new row looks a real mess.
What am i doing wrong?
thanks,
Fliss

Did you cast on correctly? And which method did you use? Some methods of casting on are looser than others.

Also, your tension may too lose, and fixing that just takes some time and practice as you figure out how best to hold the yarn.

If I were you, I would try it again and this time go on to the next row and knit it, too. Any and all practice you can get at knitting (whether it be into a knit stitch or into the cast on row) is good experience.

Don’t be discouraged. We’ve all been where you’re at!

This happens especially with the backwards loop cast on. Try the longtail cast on (see the Free Videos tab at the top of the page under Cast On). It’s a better looking, more finished cast on and you won’t have the problem of loose loops.

If you use the loop CO it does leave loose loops of yarn between the sts when you go to knit it. So this one isn’t so good to use to start a project unless it’s just a few sts. Try one of the others - knit or cable or Long tail.

Yep, sounds like the backwards loop cast on. Take a look at the long tail cast on or the knitted cast on. :thumbsup:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/cast-on

If you wanted to learn how to play the piano, you wouldn’t expect to be a concert pianist in one day. It takes practice. It’s the same with knitting. When I first started, it took me a few weeks to get the mechanics, that is the proper movements with the needles, down pat. After that, my knitting started looking a lot better. We all started out the same way you are right now. We were either taught by someone else, learned from books and videos, asked other people, or figured things out on our own. Don’t be afraid to come here and ask questions.