There are a number of ways to slip that first stitch, but in your case with this pattern if you want to do a slipped stitch, I would add 2 extra stitches, one on each end. Then I would do the following which you should practice so it becomes habit forming
slip the first stitch of each row purlwise through the back loop, then continue with the pattern.
knit the last stitch through the back loop.
To help you remember that the first and last stitches are different, use stitch markers.
Do this on every row. This gives you a twisted crochet type edge that doesn't stretch out.
I do this on all scarves and blankets.
Welcome from knitters around the world. If you are tackling a new hobby the best place for information is your local yarn shop. Sign up for classes, ask questions and my best advise, get quality needles and crochet hooks. Test driving the various brands with different yarns is very important because there is no one needle that plays nicely with every yarn. Most of us use circular needles, and there are so many brands from which to select. We all have our own preferences and what works for me may not work for you.
Go to search on this site, type in circulars or interchangeables or whatever you want to learn and see what pops up. Then read from now till forever because all of us have opinions on everything.
Some sites that are very helpful
Ravelry.com, free to join, free and pay for knit and crochet patterns
verypink.com, excellent site with patterns and tutorials
knitfreedom.com, excellent site with patterns and tutorials
youtube.com for tutorials
newstitchaday.com for tutorials and patterns
Google, ask your question and it will give you umpteen sites to help solve the problem
There are other sites from which to select for help and of coursed us.
Welcome and have fun.
Check your local library for knitted afghan books and stitch dictionaries. Ravelry has oodles of afghan patterns. Also check yarnspirations.com for knitted sampler afghans.
Where are your books published? The US has one set of terms and the UK has another for the same stitches.
Did you purchased this yarn with a credit card? go through PayPal? If so, contact whomever and see what can be done. You also need to contact the Better Business Bureau of the New Mexico city and inform them of your difficulties. A written letter, not e-mail, is very important because you need to establish a paper trail of your difficulties with this company. And make sure you keep copies of all your correspondence.
Go to search on this site, type in square or cubics needles, and read what our members have said. I have an older style with a very floppy cord and mainly use them for test knitting. My go to needles are the Indian Lake Artisans hexagonal needles, think pencil. These needles do knit differently because the yarn does "grip" the edges of the shaft ever so slightly. In some instances gauge is slightly altered. I have found my stitches more uniform with these types of needles because the yarn does not slip and slide as readily as with round needles.
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There are a number of Kitchener stitch methods. Knit a few things and practice the various kinds until you find one that is easiest for you.
The beginning of each sentence should have a capital letter. Proper names also have capital letters. Important information should be in caps, especially when you want to get someone's attention. To write an entire article in capital letters is not proper and difficult to distinguish what is important and what isn't. But then there are too many people who engage in run-on sentences and no punctuation or fail to reread what they written and misspell far too many words.
And I thought my days of proofreading were over.
Butterfly55, I will say that I have used the red twist cables to the ChiaoGoo but attached them to my Boye Needlemasters. I can see why the red twist cables are favorites of so many knitters. No memory when removed from the package, they just uncoil and are ready to go. No immersing the cable in hot water or wearing around your neck to allow your body heat to uncoil the cable.
Do take into account that some needles have sharper tips than others, especially lace tipped needles. Some knitters love sharp tips, I don't. If I do lace work I use my Addi lace, Knit Picks, Knitter's Pride or Indian Lake Artisans.
Did you remove the wrapper to weigh the yarn?
Thanks for the memories. Yes, I remember him well. Henny Youngman was another great comedian. Our daughter saw episodes of "Laugh In" and didn't understand why we thought it was so funny. You had to be there.
Try moss stitch, mistake rib pattern, linen stitch, half linen stitch. A stitch dictionary is also an excellent source for unusual stitches which can be used for patterning for scarves.
Because this person is gf by choice, don't worry about it. Have the fruits and veggies and gf dips in one place and the breads and non gf items in another. Just mark what is gf and smile.