Common Beginner Mistake: Forgetting to Move Your Yarn
Recently, a reader wrote me asking about the confusing mess of yarn on her stitches. She wanted to know what exactly what the problem was.
She was knitting a seed stitch project. Here are photos of her mistake:
Can you identify this common beginner knitting mistake? The answer:
She forgot to move the yarn to the front for purling and to the back for knitting.
When you forget to move the yarn correctly, you end up with an extra loop of yarn over your needle. This makes a tangly-looking stitch that won't slide.
Here's a video showing exactly how it happens and how to correct the problem.
Video: Forgot to Move the Yarn from Front to Back – Ribbing
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Cheat Sheet: How to Correctly Move Your Yarn Between Knitting and Purling
- When you are going to do a knit stitch, put the yarn to the back of the work.
- When you're doing a purl stitch, move the yarn between the needle tips and bring it to the front of the work.
This applies whether you're knitting Continental style or American style.
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