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    Are you sick of me yet?

    Ok so after having discovered the "easier" way for me to knit things are improving... but I am having the strangest problem with the last stitch... its as if it does not want to tighten for some reason? And this happens over and over on every row... I dont know if I am missing something? Mind you I am still just practicing, just knitting swatches... but by the end of it my swatch is darn near circular because I seem to lose that last stitch every time! Is there a magic thing that must be done to keep that sucker tight and my rows even??

    Thanks again... I appreciate your input and patience with me!






    So I have discovered that I have a Tasmanian death grip while I knit.. and once I get to the 3rd or 4th row, I cant even slide the stitches on my needles anymore!

    Do you have any suggestions on how to hold my yarn/needles/whatevs to loosen up my grip and get a better even tension? I know it takes practice... but I am like trying to murder my knit LOL!

    Also I find that holding my needles I tend to keep them sticking "straight up" rather than the angle... prolly another culprit of the tight weave... any suggestions there?

    Thank you!
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    I think it will gradually improve. At first you are so worried that you will drop a stitch that you are "hanging on for dear life." Take your time, it isn't a race to knit 30 rows at a sitting. Do just one row, relaxed and slowly.
    I never learned a "proper" knitting technique, but over time I learned a way of holding the wool around certain fingers of my right hand that allows it to feed loosely. Maybe I can get DH to photograph my hand some day.
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    Thank you! I kinda figured it was just a time issue...

    BUT in the interim I tried the Left hand knitting (German, Continental, whatevs..) and have already found it to be MUCH easier already. I am fighting my stitches much less!

    Things are looking up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlisrad View Post
    Thank you! I kinda figured it was just a time issue...

    BUT in the interim I tried the Left hand knitting (German, Continental, whatevs..) and have already found it to be MUCH easier already. I am fighting my stitches much less!

    Things are looking up!

    I agree that its just a time thing. Once you are more comfortable knitting, you can focus more on loosening up. I do find that left-handed knitting does lend itself to being a little less tight than right handed knitting. With right handed knitting its way too easy to tug on those stitches as you go.

    I'm a fairly tight knitter, and i can knit a little more loosely left-handed than right-handed. Right handed I have to make a very conscious effort to knit more loosely.

    As for the final stitch....it very often will look a little looser than the rest. It should be messy lose, but it may not appaer to sit as nice and neat as the rest of them. Oftentimes its not a problem, since that last row is used for seaming things up, or has an edge put around it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post
    I agree that its just a time thing. Once you are more comfortable knitting, you can focus more on loosening up. I do find that left-handed knitting does lend itself to being a little less tight than right handed knitting. With right handed knitting its way too easy to tug on those stitches as you go.

    I'm a fairly tight knitter, and i can knit a little more loosely left-handed than right-handed. Right handed I have to make a very conscious effort to knit more loosely.

    As for the final stitch....it very often will look a little looser than the rest. It should be messy lose, but it may not appaer to sit as nice and neat as the rest of them. Oftentimes its not a problem, since that last row is used for seaming things up, or has an edge put around it.
    WOOHOOO!!!! Thank you Thank you! I thought for sure I was screwing it up! YAHOO!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlisrad View Post
    WOOHOOO!!!! Thank you Thank you! I thought for sure I was screwing it up! YAHOO!!!
    Just to be clear, i made a typo. That should read it shouldn't be super messy, not should. You may have figured that out by the rest of the sentence, but i wanted to clarify just in case....as I would never want to mislead anyone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlisrad View Post
    Thank you! I kinda figured it was just a time issue...

    BUT in the interim I tried the Left hand knitting (German, Continental, whatevs..) and have already found it to be MUCH easier already. I am fighting my stitches much less!

    Things are looking up!
    I have much better luck with left handed knitting, but then again, I am left handed.

    The last stitch will always be a little looser, but if it bothers you, you can always take your needle after you've done a few more rows and kinda push the yarn around. What I mean by that is put the needle in the stitch next to it, pull, and repeat til the stitches are evenly distributed. I hope that makes sense, i could take a picture if you want me to
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandradee84 View Post
    I have much better luck with left handed knitting, but then again, I am left handed.

    The last stitch will always be a little looser, but if it bothers you, you can always take your needle after you've done a few more rows and kinda push the yarn around. What I mean by that is put the needle in the stitch next to it, pull, and repeat til the stitches are evenly distributed. I hope that makes sense, i could take a picture if you want me to
    That would be great! I would love a pic!

    I found that my left handed knitting yields a fairly even stitch... but I am still REALLY having trouble with the last 1-2 stitches on the rows... they are HUGE and no matter what I do to tug and pull they just end up huge! I hope your littel trick helps me with that!

    Oh and I started practicing my purl stitch, ahhaaa... like a whole new set of problems there LOLOLOL!!! My hands dont wanna do it backwards!
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    If you're stuck on how to do a purl stitch, go to www.knittinghelp.com They have very nice videos on techniques and they show right and left handed
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    I'm just gonna apologize for the froggy voice, i've been up for 29 hours with only a 90 minute nap. The joys of working overnights...

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