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Subject: How to learn to knit?
Date Posted: 12/29/2008 9:39 AM ET
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What is the best way to learn how to knit?  I don't know anyone who knits, so there isn't anyone to teach me.  Also, what do I need to get started?  I don't know anything about it - are there different sized needles?

Thanks!

Date Posted: 12/29/2008 3:19 PM ET
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http://www.aokcorral.com/how2oct2003.htm

I taught myself how to knit many years ago with a book and a good one is Knitting for Dummies and the Idiot's book also.  I looked at the website above and I found it easy to understand.  Seach for learning to knit and you find several, but this one was the easiest to understand

Frances

Date Posted: 12/30/2008 5:54 PM ET
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KnittingHelp.com is another great website:  http://www.knittinghelp.com/

Two books that I think explain things clearly for a beginning knitter (which I am): 

Date Posted: 12/31/2008 1:12 PM ET
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I agree with Cindy. Knitting help website is great.

Date Posted: 1/2/2009 7:25 PM ET
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Thanks, I'll take a look!

Date Posted: 1/4/2009 5:04 PM ET
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YouTube.com has been great when I got stuck.  There are so many knitters out there that share the 'how to knit'.  Good luck!

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 3:47 AM ET
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I just bought a kit from Lion Brand and taught myself.  It's really easy.  Then I learned new stitches from Knitting for Dummies.

 

Date Posted: 1/20/2009 9:57 AM ET
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Date Posted: 1/26/2009 10:29 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/27/2009 5:36 PM ET
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I taught myselft to knit using a Boyd kit I got at Walmart & help from knittinghelp.com  I've only been knitting for 6mo but I'm doing so well I'm even helping my neice & mom learn how to knit too!

Date Posted: 2/4/2009 10:07 PM ET
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I am also trying to learn to knit.  After talking to many experienced knitters and reading about it, although I'm right handed I've decided to learn the Continental Style (a/k/a left handed version) instead of the English Style.  It's not any more difficult to learn Continental if you're right handed, and from what I've learned from others, it's a quicker and more efficient way to knit. 

Sorry to offend any of you knitting English style.  It's a hot topic among the women in my family.  Fortunately, my sister-in-law is left handed and knits the way I'm learning, but she's my only support.  I get lots of abuse from the others telling me their method is best. 

I can tell you this, whichever method you choose, books are great tools, but nothing beats watching someone else, whether in person or on DVD/video.

All the best. 
Donna

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 12:43 AM ET
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Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook by Debbie Stoller is THE BEST book to learn with!  Also the Knitting Answer book is great!!!  I learned in May 2008 and took MONTHS off in my pgcy and started back in Nov and have learned so much since then. I LOVE knitting and am starting to collect anything that has to do with it bookwise and mags and even mystery knitting books!  I have gotten 3 friends addicted!!

Date Posted: 2/21/2009 10:01 AM ET
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Thanks to Melissa, for recommending Stitch 'N Bitch.  I borrowed it from the library along with Knitting for Dummies.  They're both great books with the basics and beyond. 

Donna



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Date Posted: 2/22/2009 10:07 AM ET
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I took a class, we have a local arts center that teaches everything from blacksmithing to woodcarving to lampwork bead making (yes!  I took the bead class... A W E S O M E!!!)  It cost me like $20 for the knitting class, it was once a week for like 4 weeks and we had knitting "homework" which I was more than happy to do!  Then we'd take our frankenprojects to class and learn what we did wrong and how to fix it. 

Worth. Every. Penny.

A lot of yarn shops offer classes, too.  When I was ready to knit something that wasn't flat I took a "knitting in the round" class where we made a winter hat and then I took a sock class and wooooooooooooooooosh I was off and running.  It really helped me to have someone there to say "ok, what did I do wrong?"



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Subject: U Tube Link
Date Posted: 2/28/2009 8:10 PM ET
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Does anyone have the utube link for knitting video's.I went there for the video on increasing and lost the link and went to utube but couldn;t find any help videos. I hope someone can help. Thanks

Date Posted: 3/2/2009 10:16 AM ET
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Hi, Hope!  I don't have YouTube links, but KnittingHelp.com has great videos for nearly everything and has videos for lots of different types of increases here:  http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases

Subject: Learning to Knit
Date Posted: 3/5/2009 10:17 AM ET
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I too am trying to learn to knit. So far have done some houseshoes and some scarves. Looking for any simple patterns for baby afghans or other things that are fairly easy for a new knitter.  Anyone have any simple patterns?

Date Posted: 3/8/2009 11:20 PM ET
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Try here http://knitting.about.com/od/knittingpatterns/ig/Easy-Knitting-Patterns/ and here http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/ and here http://home.howstuffworks.com/free-knitting-patterns5.htm.

Then go here https://www.ravelry.com and request an invitation to Ravelry.  It's free and it has a huge database of patterns of all levels of difficulty, many of which are free.

Subject: learning to knit
Date Posted: 3/22/2009 6:01 PM ET
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I know this is an older post but I just came across it.  The best "teaching" book I've ever seen, and I've been knitting for almost 40 years ,is Knitting in Plain English by Maggie Righetti   ISNB 0312458533.  It brings everything down to its basics, with good simple illustrations and sample workups to practice.  I still refer to it at times.  It reads like she's sitting, talking to you as a friend.   Hope you can find it, I'd never get rid of mine as I hope to pass it on to the grandchildren.

good luck,

Trish

 



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Date Posted: 3/23/2009 12:15 AM ET
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Oh, that is a really good book.  I checked it out of the library a while back and I agree that it's a great resource. 

Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 4/7/2009 4:39 PM ET
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I learned to knit from Nici McNally's Complete Beginner's Guide to Knitting on DVD and I highly recommend it. It is actually better than someone teaching you in person, because you can go back and watch the sections over and over. I always feel bad about asking a person to keep repeating something I'm just not getting. It also shows you something and then automatically pauses so that you can do the stitch yourself. Much better than trying to keep up with YouTube videos that just go from start to finish. (Not saying YouTube is bad, since I use it all of the time now, but it was really frustrating when I was first trying to learn.)  You can knit a scarf after just the first couple chapters of the DVD, but more info is also available for increasing, decreasing, finishing, fixing mistakes, etc., once you get the basic knit and perl down. It also demonstrates in both English and Continental. (BTW, I throw Continental. It seems like much less wasted effort.) 

Date Posted: 4/21/2009 12:39 AM ET
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Update:

I'm knitting like crazy now!  I love it!  I shudder to think of all the "wasted" years in which I did not knit!

Also, I'm addicted to Ravelry!  If you don't have an account, you really, really need one!  They even have a group over there for PBS members!

Date Posted: 4/21/2009 9:18 PM ET
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Yep.  Ravelry rules.    :D

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 9:31 PM ET
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Donna, I have been fighting the continental/english style. When I watch people who are proficient in continental, it's clear that it is much faster and more efficient. They're like machines when they get going. Not to mention, it's MUCH easier to purl that way. Considering I'm much better at crochet, where the yarn is held in the left hand, I thought I would be an easy convert. NOT! I have tried and tried to master continental, but I truly feel like I am trying to knit left-handed. I cannot maintain/feed with the appropriate tension. It is just incredibly awkward for me. :(

Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 4/23/2009 9:14 AM ET
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I have tried and tried to master continental, but I truly feel like I am trying to knit left-handed. I cannot maintain/feed with the appropriate tension. It is just incredibly awkward for me. :(

I throw Continental style. When I first started I didn't really wrap the yarn around my left hand to control the tension. I picked up and threw every stitch like you would for English, but with my left hand instead. If you try it like that for awhile it may help you get into the rhythm of doing it with your left hand. After about half a scarf of that I figured out how to wrap my hand to control the tension of the yarn. Now I don't really "throw" but pick up the yarn with the needle itself. So it's really the right hand that is doing all of the work.

Does that make sense? Now that I read it I feel like I just rambled around in circles.

BTW, I probably knit Continental because that was the first way shown on the DVD I learned from. She showed that and then the English, and suggested trying both to see which was more comfortable. I figured I would just get confused, so I skipped the English parts entirely. Of course that was somewhat of a problem when I took a knitting class with my MIL. The instructor taught English and used a cast on method that was more or less knitting on in an English throw. I never did figure it out because everything just seemed backward and awkward. I ended up sticking with the long-tail/Continental/Old Norwegian cast on.