I just absorb Kelly's tips and hints like a sponge...usually after I listen to her podcasts..a light bulb goes off lol..
And slipping that first stitch is a lifesaver ..especially if you gotta go back and pick up stitches as in Entrelac knitting.
You can listen to the latest podcast that is all about overcoming mistakes. Kelley talks about a lot of the tips that others have mentioned previously. You can go to the Knit Picks blog here to listen to that podcast episode. Or like Cheryl mentioned, you can download and even subscribe to the Knit Picks podcast directly through iTunes.
Also, a little side note: I tend to always slip my first stitch on every row no matter what pattern I am working. Not only does it make for a much neater edge, but it also lets you pick up stitches much more neatly that way, if that is something that you need to do. I always slip my first stitch purlwise on every row, which is the norm...unless the pattern specifically says knitwise, you almost always slip purlwise.
Have fun listening to the podcasts, they so fun and helpful too :
Hi Amanda...no such thing as a stupid question..Kelly Petkum is the owner of KnitPicks..
She does podcasts as well as her other staff on various knitting situations.
I slip EVERY first stitch NO matter what the pattern is...saves problems later. I slip knits knitwise and purls purlwises.
Hope this helps...