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« on: February 21, 2007 01:27:36 PM »

Okay, I apologize in advance for what may be the dumbest question that has ever been asked on Craftster...  But in my defense, I'm trying to teach myself to knit from books and videos online, and I have no idea if what I'm doing is right.  I'm a crocheter, I've been trying off and on for a few months to learn to knit with no luck.  I finally broke down and bought some bamboo needles, size 13.  Suddenly, things I read clicked, and I started creating fabric last night...  The thing is...  I have no idea if I'm actually knitting or if I'm just making random knots or something.  There's really no one I can ask in person, because I don't know any Continental knitters...  So I thought I would ask here. Smiley  Is what I have here actually knitting?

Here is a picture of what I have:

And here is a link to a much larger version of the picture, where you can see the stitches much more clearly:


If I am actually getting the process down right, I'm clearly doing something else wrong...  Maybe it's my tension?  I'm using merino wool, if that matters.  Help?  Advice?  Comments?  I would appreciate any of them greatly!  I really want to learn, but I'm kind of lost without anyone to teach me.

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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2007 01:33:23 PM »

Yep! Nice cast on edge there.  Try to relax a little Smiley  The nice thing about bamboo is that it is grippy enough that your work won't slide off, so you can leave a little more slack in your loops while you're still figuring it out.  (the exceptions are the edge stitches -- I try to pull those tighter than I would on other stitches to have a tidier, less loopy, edge.)  Stick with it Smiley You're definitely getting the hang of it.

edited to add -- tension is probably the most difficult thing to master.  I had a heck of a time when I started (on aluminum needles) b/c if I knit loosely, I'd lose my work as I clutzily turned my work, and if I knit tightly, well, my hands hurt and I could barely knit the stitches, and it looked awful.  But you'd have to pry it off those needles, by god!
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2007 01:36:14 PM »

Hard to tell the stitches from the pic, but here's a website that has clear videos of beginner's knitting stitches for continental knitters as well - hope it helps !

« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2007 01:51:18 PM »

Looks good to me Grin Congrats! You are on your way dear. Just take it slow and breathe.

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« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2007 01:55:06 PM »

Congrats!  You're a knitter!! Cheesy

« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2007 02:11:43 PM »

It looks like you are getting the knit stitch down. I'm a lefty too and I know what a pain it is to convert anything. If you have questions PM me I'll be glad to help.

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« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2007 02:17:07 PM »

Yayyy, I'm so excited.  Grin  I'll just do what I did when I learned to crochet...  Practice, tear it out, practice, tear it out, repeat x200 Wink  I'm going to come home and practice more tonight!  I actually like it better than crocheting, as far as the movements go.

Tension was a big problem I had with crocheting at first too, so I figured I might be doing something similar with the knitting.  I'm just happy I stopped poking myself in the head in the head with the needles (yep, that happened). 

The bamboo made a HUGE difference...  I kept dropping stitches of the needles with aluminum, plastic was too bendy, but bamboo feels nice and has an excellent grip.

Thanks for your help and patience with my silly question. Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2007 02:22:33 PM »

Something I've learned - knit at least the length of your hand before you decide it's wrong. Ribbing and cables don't show up well until you've got at least 4 rows IME....

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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2007 03:11:09 PM »

I am a continental knitter too! I am not a lefty, but that Is just.... how I learned to do it!

Put on your big girl panties and deal with it!
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2007 04:08:59 PM »

Something I've learned - knit at least the length of your hand before you decide it's wrong. Ribbing and cables don't show up well until you've got at least 4 rows IME....

That's a good point.  Now that I've knitted a few rows on top of what I showed you guys, I can see how it connects together and looks like knitting. Smiley

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