Pregnant Newbie here...need some knitting tips pls.

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Registered: 07-11-2012
Pregnant Newbie here...need some knitting tips pls.
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Tue, 11-13-2012 - 7:47am

Hi there!  I'm expecting and have taken to knitting my LO a cap and blanket.  But being that I'm a beginning knitter, I can't seem to get my stitches even.  Some are loose and others are tight.  I even have a couple of holes in my work.  Help me please.  I don't want this baby to be a laughing stock after all these hours of knitting improperly.  I really find I enjoy it but I want the finished project to look...ehem..finished.  Any tips you can offer would be more than appreciated.  Thanks in advance. 

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Registered: 05-29-2012
Tue, 11-13-2012 - 12:15pm

Hi Ummito5, welcome to the Knitting and Crocheting board, and congratulations on expecting your little one! How exciting! Is this the first?

It's awesome that you're knitting a cap and blanket. What a treasure that will be for your child always, no matter how it turns out! I think the less perfect something is, the more character it has. 

Getting an even tension usually just takes practice, and relaxation. This is great advice from American Fiber Art: Making even stitches is a critical skill for hand knitters. Tension can be affected by your tension in life. Your moods change your stitch uniformity. Try to put aside the daily stress and go on a knitting "get away". Think about who you're kitting for or concentrate on the action of knitting to melt the stress away. 

When I first started knitting, my tension was so tight I could barely get the needle through the stitches. I had to really concentrate to knit loosely. Wrapping the yarn over my little finger to keep it loose and even helped.

Having holes in your knitting could be from inadvertently wrapping the yarn over the needle when you aren't forming a stitch. This is know as a yarn over and will also give you more stitches to work with, which could mess up your pattern and make your work progressively wider. It commonly hapens when switching between knit and purl on the same row. Remember to always move the yarn from the front to the back between the stitches, rather than wrapping it around the needle.

I hope that helps, and we'd love to see a picture of your work when it's finished. Good luck with the knitting and with the baby :)

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Registered: 07-21-1998

My knitting improved tremendously after 2 Dr Who scarves (approx 12 feet each).

As our estemed CL says, "Practice". You might start with a "throwaway" project or something really easy. Relaxation might be helped if you watch TV or listen to music while you work. Other than that, "too tight" is right up there with "dropped stitch" as the beginners' bane. Think of the needles as "spacers" and try to use them consistantly. Generally you do not wish to tighten the yarn after you do a stitch -- it SHOULD have had the full width of  two needles in it at one point, and should always be large enough that you can do that without strain. If you don't like the results of the loose stitches, use smaller needles but do not stretch the yarn.

And congrats on the little one. I didn't take up knitting until afterwards.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 10-03-1998
Tue, 11-13-2012 - 10:38pm

Hi Ummito5,

Congratulations for your upcoming bundle of joy.  Welcome to the Knitting & Crocheting board.  Unfortunately my attempts at knitting were not very succesful.  But, I see that you've got some advice from experienced knitters.  Let us know how you are doing and even post some pictures for us to see.  If you have any more questions feel free to ask because we will try and  help you out.

 

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Registered: 07-11-2012
Wed, 11-14-2012 - 12:38am

Thank you to all you ladies who answered.  I really appreciate it and it's nice meeting you all.  It helps to know that I might just need practice and hopefully will get better at this whole thing.  I actually find that I really enjoy knitting.  Wish someday I could learn to crochet but one thing at a time.  Anyhow, I'll try to post pics when I'm done.  (Try not to laugh though please. Embarassed)

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Registered: 07-21-1998

Well, unless you make something that's meant to be laughed at, like a cute and clever toy.

Cthulu Crochet

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Registered: 05-11-1999
Thu, 11-15-2012 - 11:18am
Hi and Welcome! When I need help with knitting, I look on YouTube since I am a visual learner, if I can't figure out with the help of these wonderful ladies. So glad you are getting into making handmade things for your LO to be! I love making baby things! :)

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