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I just completed my first knitting project, a washcloth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I figured out how to bind it off but I still have one loop left on the needle and I'm not sure what I do with it. Do I pull the loose end of yarn through it, tie it off, what? Thanks!<br><br><br>
ETA: <a href="http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i22/usamma/PICT1402.jpg?t=1177644535" target="_blank">pic</a> It's made of kitchen cotton on a #5 needle. I started with a #6 on the first one that I ripped out. I seem to keep a more consistent tension with the smaller needle and I prefer the tighter look. I was able to keep my tension just right with the #5, not too tight but not overly loose.<br><br>
Thanks for the encouragement! I don't know if this counts as the first project-- the first completed maybe. I ripped this out and started over twice and the second time I changed sizes of needles. It's the same front and back, so that's the garter stitch right? I just learned purling today so I'll go and make another washcloth this weekend.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Oh come on! Do I have to wait until morning to finish this thing? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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Thanks! I did it.<br><br>
I am recharging my camera battery and will post a photo later today. I am confused about what it looks like-- it doesn't look like knitting in some of the other photos I have seen on-line. Maybe I did something wrong but at least it's the same all the way through. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Maybe it's garter stitch? Did you do knit the same way on the front & back of the cloth? If so that's garter stitch. If you purled across the back & knitted the front that would make stockinette stitch, which is what you see most often in knitted products.<br><br>
Can't wait to see pics -- isn't the 1st project so exciting? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Pic added. Thanks for the encouragement! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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That looks great for a first project! With my first few swatches, I bound off waaaay to tight so the bound-off edge was a few inches shorter than the rest <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> .
 

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Aww thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
She wants to get me started on one of these tomorrow. It looks kinda hard!<br><a href="http://www.masondixonknitting.com/archives/images/dishragsofjuly.jpg" target="_blank">http://www.masondixonknitting.com/ar...ragsofjuly.jpg</a><br><br>
ETA for some reason that link is not working from this server.
 

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It looks great! I tend to think garter titch looks better on smaller needles too although the size 6's work best for me - I knit too tightly for 5's.
 

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It looks really good! Well done! Dh and I are going to an all-day concert today (McDowell Mtn. Music Festival at Westworld, specifically, since you're in AZ), and I'm bringing some Sugar n Cream cotton to work on washcloths.
 

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Looks great!
 

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Looks great! That's garter stitch. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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