Hello All! ... and first project bloopers

Hello everyone from a total beginner. I took up knitting a couple of weeks ago and I'm completely hooked. My sister was over from England and showed me the basics - knit, purl, stocking stitch - and my wife has been trying to remember what her Mother taught her to help me along. In fact I think she'll be off to get herself some needles shortly.

I've started knitting a cap (Red, Amazon Pirate style for any of you Ransome fans out there) and seem to be doing ok so far... I think. My first attempt at ribbing was meant to be knit 2, purl 2 but it took me a while to realise that you needed to switch to the opposite stitch at the end of each row, so you can imagine the result. Once I amended this I couldn't keep count and somehow ended up with more or less stitches than I was meant to have at the end of each row. Needless to say it didn't look much like ribbing. Mrs. D suggested switching to knit 1, purl 1 and, with my new found knowledge about what you do at the end of each row, I finally got something that looked like it should - awesome!!! How fun is this??

I've now changed to stocking stitch for the main part of the hat and have a problem - a hole. I guess I'm probably supposed to unpick everything and go back and fix it but it's taken me ages to get this far and, seeing as I'm the only person who's going to wear this, I was hoping I could probably do a little repair when it's all done. We'll see :-)

Anyway, my tension seems to be getting better - not so tight on the needles now, I've found something hugely fun and rewarding to do instead of just watching the box in the evening and it's even stopped me reaching for the beer quite so often - so perhaps knitting has health benefits too!!! Briefly going through this site makes me realise how much there is to learn and that's a lot of fun in itself. Some quite spectacular projects here - amazing guys, amazing.

Many thanks for setting up this site. Inspirational. The next time I'm wondering what to do at the end of a row of ribbing I'll know where to ask!


RBrereton's picture

Hi Luke Welcome to MWK. I'm

Hi Luke
Welcome to MWK.

I'm gonna hazard another guess about your hole problem. I remember when I first starting knitting a few years ago that my tension was very tight. A lot of times it was so tight that I accidentally put the needle into the hole underneath rather than the loop on the needle. This when I knitted back the other way, it created a sort of "yarn over" (same thing as MMario said, but a different way of producing it) and increased my stitches by one. Once my tension loosened up (and I was more aware of what I was doing) the problem disappeared. I teach some knitting and have seen other people do it too. Just be sure that your needle goes through the proper loop.

Hope that helps somewhat. Mostly, just enjoy yourself!


Hi Rob - many thanks for the

Hi Rob - many thanks for the reply. Yes that does help a lot!

I'm pretty sure your guess is absolutely correct as I found myself doing exactly that a couple of times last night. Thankfully I spotted it before going on and was able to work out how to rewind and fix it. Tension does seem to be my biggest problem although it's definately improving as I get more confident that it's not all going to fall apart if it feels a bit looser. And the knitting is getting easier and more consistent as a result.

I have to say I'm quite surprised at how forgiving this is. I get the feeling that knitting is about 5% learning the basics and then 95% achieving consistency and learning how to fix errors when your concentration inevitably wanders elsewhere... I am very much enjoying myself. :-)


stch's picture

Hi Luke, Welcome to MWK.

Hi Luke,

Welcome to MWK.

Kerry's picture

Welcome Luke.

Welcome Luke.

teejtc's picture

Welcome! I've found this to

Welcome! I've found this to be a great place - I hope you do to. No one's said anything about the hole yet so let me supply at least one potentially stupid answer :-)

I'm going to guess you dropped a stitch. You can tell by counting. There are other things that could cause holes but it's pretty common, especially at first. The only reason I mention it is that, if you're not going to fix it (there are ways of doing that without undoing your knitting although I can't do any of them well and you'd do better off google them) you'll at least want to put a paper clip or a piece of scrap yarn in it to prevent it from unraveling further. Theoretically a dropped stitch could unravel all the way down to the beginning of the piece!

Anyhow, again... welcome! Enjoy!

Grace and Peace,

Hi Tim Many thanks for the

Hi Tim

Many thanks for the welcome and for the warning on my problem hole! I'll see if I can fix it before I carry on. You're right I must have dropped a stitch but the weird (and rather gratifying) thing is that I seemed to have fixed it on the next row. It doesn't show any sign of unravelling anyway! Not keen to find out I'm wrong however so I'll have a look around Google this afternoon - great idea!


MMario's picture

I've been thinking about

I've been thinking about this - and another (strong) possibility, since he's doing k1, p1, rib is that he accidently brought the yarn OVER the needle (making a Yarnover) rather then BETWEEN the needles when swtiching between knit and purl.

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

Hi there - I suspect you're

Hi there -

I suspect you're right, particularly as I'm really having to 'think' about what I'm doing still and occasionally I'm getting a brain/finger freeze... Ironically I managed to get through the ribbing part unscathed - the hole is is the knit-one-row, purl-one-row bit (...stocking stitch, is that correct?!).

MMario's picture

ayuh. MMario -

MMario -

hehe.. thanks MMario. I had

hehe.. thanks MMario. I had to look up "ayuh".... :-)

MMario's picture

they never told you knitting

they never told you knitting would expand your vocabulary?

Ellacre's picture

So true...I don't drink

So true...I don't drink often, but knitting keeps me from reaching for the bong too much. Welcome!

MMario's picture

Welcome to MWK ; and don't

Welcome to MWK ; and don't be afraid to ask questions. There is no such thing as a stupid question; though I'm perfectly willing to supply plenty of stupid answers....though you may find some of us answering with some pretty tongue-in-cheek replies....*grin*

MMario - ambiguity is cultivated, it doesn't happen in a vacuum!

Fantastic! Many thanks guys.

Fantastic! Many thanks guys. I'm sure I can come up with plenty of stupid questions. :-)

crmartin's picture

Welcome to the group and

Welcome to the group and your new addiction! You'll find lots of help and suggestions here, all you have to do is ask.