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Forums > Tips and Sharing: New Crocheters' & Knitters
Re: why do I have more stitches than I started with?
Posted by: KT (IP Logged)
Date: March 31, 2008 04:06PM

There are two fairly common ways this happens to new knitters.

1. You are wrapping yarn around your needle as you work your stitches and then when you come across these wraps on a new row you are working them as if they are stitches. Wrapping the yarn around the needle is a common decorative increase called a "yarn over." If you need to take your yarn from the front of your work to the back, do it BETWEEN the needles and not over the needles.

2. When you start your first stitch, you are putting a little too much tension on your working yarn which pulls the loop below over your needle. This makes it appear as if there are two stitches to work instead of just one. If you find that your new stitches are being added to the ends of your work rather than randomly throughout the row, this may be the cause.
Just be sure to count all your stitches before your start a new row and when you end a row -- this way you can catch where you are adding stitches more easily.

Subject Written By Posted
  why do I have more stitches than I started with? Samantha 03/31/2008 02:52PM
  Re: why do I have more stitches than I started with? KT 03/31/2008 04:06PM
  Re: why do I have more stitches than I started with? Alex 03/31/2008 08:48PM

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