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Posted - 03/31/2013 :  3:33:43 PM  Show Profile Send TricoteJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am confused on when I knit the 2nd row.
I did a machine cast on taking the carriage from LEFT to RIGHT. Then, I added the weight bar. THen, I moved the pins that were staggered to a single line in the middle. RIGHT? Then, once I slide the carriage across from RIGHT to LEFT,and RIGHT to LEFT, I end up with not two rows, but loose string.

Please help! I can't knit a row let alone THINK about a sweater!

Thanks so much!
Frustrated with this thing and all the fools on youtube with ZERO information!
Jill in Los ANgeles

New Pal

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Posted - 04/07/2013 :  08:37:33 AM  Show Profile Send terryknits2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sounds like you are doing your cast on correctly, so there's something you're doing that I'm not "seeing". It could be a setting on the carriage. It could be tension related... could be many things. Take a deep breath, check each step carefully with your instruction book and give it another try. I totally understand where you're at. I spent weeks trying to teach myself how to use my new machine and got so frustrated I was ready to toss it out the window. What saved me was finding a local experienced machine knitter. One hour watching her and asking questions I realized my biggest problem was too much back tension from my ball of yarn! I've never looked back - love machine knitting. It's a fantastic complement to hand knitting.
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New Pal

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Posted - 04/07/2013 :  08:39:40 AM  Show Profile Send terryknits2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Also - I see you're inb LA. Check out Newton's in Anaheim - they often have classes and workshops and would probably arrange a couple of private lessons. And they have a great inventory of coned yarns great for machine knitting.
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