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Subject: Help Knitting
Date Posted: 2/22/2008 12:38 PM ET
Member Since: 12/15/2004
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O'k I don't know much about knitting but someone recommend the Deb Maccomber baby afghan. I printed and started it as it sounded pretty easy Basically just knittting and purling . O'kI'm on Row 4 and something doesn't feel right

First this is done on circular needls, basicallly just knitting and purling but now all the sudden I don't think there is an end from one side to the other I know where the rows end because of the tail, but at the end there are still stitches on both sides. there is no separation I can't push it all to one side or the other, am I suppose to just turn it around and start again but then the yarn is on the other side or am I just suppose to keep going or do I just throw this in the trash and give up

Hope

Subject: your project
Date Posted: 2/22/2008 8:22 PM ET
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It sounds like you forgot to stop at the end of the row and turn your work to start the new row. Have you ended up knitting round and round?

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 10:02 AM ET
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I stopped and turned around but it is never completely separated, maybe this is how it is suppose to be a circular needles. Someone explain why do we use these needles, because of the size? Should i still be going side to side with a total ending at each end.I guess I need the dummies book for me

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 7:28 PM ET
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Circulars are used for items that are too wide for straight needles, but I use them a lot for regular  (back and forth) knitting because they take the weight off my wrists when the item gets longer. If your knitting is not separated, you've made a mistake. Is there a yarn store near you? If so, take your knitting there and I'm sure they'll help you.

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 8:44 AM ET
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Thanks I will start again as I am not that far along, Linda you aswered my question.I will try one more time before ditching it.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 10:38 PM ET
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I actually knitted that very pattern last summer (I love Debbie Macomber's books too!), the circular needles are indeed for the length of the piece, which basically is just one HUGE "basketweave" pattern, essentially....a bunch of squares formed by purls and knits.  The easiest way I can tell you to separate your knitting is by using a single stitch marker to mark the end of the row.

Stitch markers seem utterly confusing and complicated to new knitters, basically cause they are so basic that it seems like there should be more to it.  But basically you can use any round circle as a stitch marker (like a ring, a pop-top, a circle earring...you can use anything, heck I used twist ties formed into circles once!).  Just slip that on your right needle after you've done your last stitch.

Then take the right needle and put it in your left hand and put the left needle in your right hand and start the next row.  If it weren't for their being so many stitches you could do it with two separate kneedles. 

Hope that helps!