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And struggling with making the stitches too tight. Grrrrrrrrr....I am doing better, holding the yard more loosely, not pulling it taut. Does anyone here knit? Pointers?
 

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What's your gauge?<br>
When you buy your yarn, there is a recommendation for what size needles you should use, but you can use different sizes around that for different projects (an example would be using one size larger for scarves). When I first began knitting, I used really small needles with medium weight yarn and it was soo tight, it took forever to knit an inch! My sister, on the other hand, used large needles and got really lose stitches.... Hope this helps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br>
Anyway, I first began knitting in 4th grade, then was on and off for years until I finally got into it and taught myself all the different stitches. It feels so good to finish a project! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I love knitting. I learned when I was 9 and I recently, as of the past few years, starting doing it again and expanding my skill set. Unfortunately, I have never taught anyone so I am not much good for advise.
 

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I am learning to knit. I really love the idea of it, I always admire people's nice sweaters and knitted things. I have the same problem as you, though, where it seems to be too tight. The other problem is that when I go to pick up the stitch I want to knit, my needle pokes through the yarn and splits it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
I just cast off what was supposed to be a scarf, but I decided I didn't like it so I ended it early. It is now just.... a knit rectangle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br>
Time to try again!
 

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I find it easier to keep my yarn loose, and tighten the stitch after I knit it by tugging the yarn gently before starting the next stitch, rather than worrying about keeping the tension just right as I am knitting it.
 

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I'm so frustrated! I've had to unravel and reknit my first project - a scarf - three times now. First, my stitches magically multiplied to four time the number I started with. Then, I did well for a while, and it happened again. THEN I had a big hole right in the middle. Ugh. *But* I am getting practice. Can't argue with that. ***sigh***<br>
I did switch to #17 needles and that helped the tightness of the stitches tremendously.
 

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OK, I've been counting my stitches every few rows, taking my time, and keeping the stitches loose and easy. I'm doing well this time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I sat here and knitted for 3 hours straight and enjoyed every moment of it.
 

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OK, I've been counting my stitches every few rows, taking my time, and keeping the stitches loose and easy. I'm doing well this time! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I sat here and knitted for 3 hours straight and enjoyed every moment of it.</div>
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Glad to hear you are making progress. I have been knitting for probably 15 years (off and on since I was 9) and even to this day, if I am talking to someone or multitasking too much, I lose track of where I am in my pattern and drop/add stitches or make error that take a while to back out. Knitting is something I only really do when it's quiet, or maybe with tv softly in the background. Adds to the relaxing qualities of it. Just make sure you stop if you get tired, so you don't ruin your hard work. The great thing is knitting can be put aside for short or extended periods of time and you can just pick up where you left off.
 

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I love knitting! I'm glad you've got your guage more figured out, but I'll give you a tip anyway <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> I always find that knitting with metal needles makes my guage MUCH tighter than when I knit with wooden ones. Mine are almost all bamboo now. I think it's the little bit of extra friction the wood provides, but it's SO much nicer to knit with. Plastic isn't as bad as metal, but still not as good as wood.<br><br>
How far along with your project are you? If you've finished, you should post pictures! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I've been knitting for about 8 years, and I still mess up. Keeping the stitches nice and loose takes some practice, but you'll get the feel for it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> If you haven't got a book already, I recommend "Stitch n *****" by Debbie Stoller.
 
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