Craft Yarn Council of America Home | Learn To Knit & Crochet Home | BACK

Advertising or commercial messages are not allowed on the forums.

Posters to these boards are knitters and crocheters like yourself. If you have a specific question for the Craft Yarn Council, please send an email message to:

To get the most out of these boards, before posting a topic, we suggest:

Scrolling through past posts to see if your question has already been asked and answered. Postings are in chronological order of the date when the topic was first posted. You can also use the SEARCH function to look for past posts about your question.

If you don't see your question addressed, or if you have additional questions, post a New Topic rather than replying to an existing topic. This will increase the likelihood of getting responses to your specific question. Also, try to describe your specific question in the topic subject line rather than "New Knitter" or "Help."

The more information you can provide in your question, the better the responses.

We hope you enjoy the postings on this board and will come back to share your knowledge with others.

Forums > Tips and Sharing: New Crocheters' & Knitters
Re: why do I have more stitches than I started with?
Posted by: Alex (IP Logged)
Date: March 31, 2008 08:48PM

To add to KT's advice, if you have holes in the work as well as extra stitches, you are probably doing yarn-overs without realizing it. If you are just doing a straight knit stitch every row it's unlikely that unintentional yarn-overs are your problem. If you are doing a rib stitch (knit, purl, knit, purl...across), it is very likely that they are your problem.

The second situation that KT describes is very common for beginners and even seasoned knitters will sometimes do it if they are working very fast and are gabbing or otherwise distracted.

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

This is the old forum archive. If you have new questions please post in the new forum.

©2007 Craft Yarn Council of America