I taught myself how to knit last night.... BUT...
This is long; I have a lot of questions, thanks for your patience.
I taught myself how to do a one needle cast on and just the basic knit stitch. It wasn't easy... Because really, the diagrams are too confusing to read. I had to watch several internet videos, over and over again. I spent some time trying to find a good video that explained in detail. (Like where to hold the end of the long string from the slip knot, and where to hold the ball sting. It does make a difference. Only one site explained that part, and before I learned that, I was really hung up.)
I did the one needle cast on. I noticed the first row of the cast on away from the slip knot is not square as I continued to knit. Why did this happen?
I also noticed that I casted on 16 stitches, but as I knitted this grew to 17 on my needle.
And what do you do when you realize you have dropped a stitch? Is there a way to safely unravel?
Ohh yeah, and at first my work was twisting all around the needle as I went from on needle to another. Why was that? Is that tension, and am I strangling my thread? lol...
But I did notice that as I reached the last stitch on the needle, that these stitches are REALLY lose. Why is that?
And I bought a kids starter kit to learn on and it has BIG FAT needles, and the points aren't that pointy. Does that make a difference; will it be easier if I got thinner needles, which are pointier?
And is there a preference over what the needles are made of?
Is there a trick to keeping your next stich to knit at the top of your needle? Do you push as you knit?
I hope my questions make sense. :)
Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it. My goal is to be able to make baby booties and baby blankets.