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mew281
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Posted - 08/04/2005 :  12:22:46 PM  Show Profile Send mew281 a Private Message
I am a new knitter and have learned the basic stitches from beginner instruction books, I don't know anyone that knits so I can't ask someone I know about this problem. My problem is that while I am casting on (I get so mad I cut the yarn and start over) my yarn starts to unravel. I am using "Lion Brand Yarn Pound of Love: Super Soft 4 ply knitting worsted weight 100% Premium Acrylic Machine Washable and Dryable" It also says on the package to use size 8 needles. The project I am trying to do is a baby afghan, the project states that I am to cast on 176 stitches on to circular knitting needles, by the time I reach the 20-25 stitch the yarn starts to unravel and by the time I reach the 40-45 stitch the yarn is completely unraveled. If anyone could give me any insight in to this problem it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

Breianna
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Knit kitty
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Posted - 08/04/2005 :  12:30:52 PM  Show Profile Send Knit kitty a Private Message
Which cast-on method are you using?

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Shalee
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Posted - 08/04/2005 :  12:33:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message
I would bet that you are doing a long tail cast-on. After every few stitches, or more often, if necessary, let go of the yarn. I have the same problem with the long tail cast-on. Also, sometimes you can twist the yarn a bit as you do the cast-on.

Hope this helps.


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knitswithcolors
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USA
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Posted - 08/04/2005 :  2:52:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit knitswithcolors's Homepage Send knitswithcolors a Private Message
It could be that the yarn you're using doesn't stand up well to long tail cast on. If I was having that problem, I would do a dnitted cast on so the yarn wasn't getting pulled over and over.
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Lissa
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Posted - 08/04/2005 :  3:33:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
You might also try using the other end of the yarn.

Lissa

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mew281
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USA
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Posted - 08/04/2005 :  3:39:18 PM  Show Profile Send mew281 a Private Message
The cast on method I am using is Long-Tail Cast-On.
Thanks for all the helpful advice, I will put it to go use. Thank you!!

Breianna
"Reality is merely an illusion, Albeit a very persistent one." - Albert Einstein
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