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Old 02-27-2011, 02:21 AM   #41
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scraprn, could you possibly be doing repeated rows of your stitches. I mean, if you think you are knitting correctly but knit each row you will get a fabric that is bumpy on each side. And if you purl every row, even if you are purling correctly, you will get fabric that looks exactly like if you knitted each row.

To get a fabric that is smooth on one side and bumpy on the other you need to knit a row and then purl a row and continue that sequence.

Sometimes it is hard for a beginner to tell what is being made if you just look at one stitch.
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Old 02-27-2011, 09:32 AM   #42
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The back of a knit stitch is a purl, the back of a purl is a knit. If you knit every row or purl every row you're going to get garter stitch where the purl bumps look more prominent. If you stretch that lengthwise, then you can see the knit sts better. When you alternate them - knit a row, purl a row - then you have stockinette stitch and all the knits are on one side and all the purl bumps on the other side.
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Old 02-27-2011, 11:53 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by scrapnrn View Post
I am brand new to knitting and my knit and purl stitches look the same even though I had my working yarn in back for the knit and in front for the purl. They all have the "bump". Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Can you post a photo to show us how your fabric looks after knitting and purling on opposite sides? You might be twisting one of your stitches, which would make the stitches look very different from the norm.

Have you tried using the videos that Amy made on our website to help you with your knitting and purling?
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/learn-to-knit
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:38 AM   #44
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Thanks for the help. I was knitting every row. I'm taking a class and in the first class we learned the knit stitch. In the second class we learned the purl so now I have a smooth and a bumpy side.
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Old 03-05-2011, 06:52 AM   #45
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I'm so glad you got it figured out!
Now, your projects will be easier to make.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:53 PM   #46
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I like knitting,it is interesting and it is a happy thing to knit for your families,Don't you think so?

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Old 03-17-2011, 09:51 PM   #47
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I just made my first square tonight... I thought I had knit the whole thing, turns out, I've done a weird half knit, half purl stitch all the way through it. lol Thanks to all who posted samples, that really helped!
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I so wish I had read this thread all the way through days ago. I'm new to knitting and have been driving myself totally nuts trying to figure out why my stitches didn't look like the examples in the book. I went to my local yarn shop to learn how to start, but they have been extremely busy with people trying to get Christmas projects finished, so I didn't want to bother them. After reading here I "get" it, thank goodness and thanks to all of you who are so patient answering questions. And, thank you to everyone who asked the questions, most of them were questions I had. I'm so happy, this is like opening a Christmas present!!
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This was my problem!!! So glad you asked about this!
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Thank you so much! I could not make sense of this. Great video.
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