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autumnxbutterfly
« on: October 27, 2007 08:12:23 PM »

For all you guys that know how to knit, how did you learn? It's something I've been wanting to know how to do for a long time but I don't know anyone who could teach me and couldn't afford the money or time to take a class (or would even know where a class would be offered.) I saw some great videos on knittinghelp.com but I still didn't know what they were talking about.  Huh Any thoughts? I wouldn't even know what kind of yarn to buy. Or if knitters even use "yarn" for that matter. LOL
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« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2007 09:20:37 PM »

You could go to the library and check out some beginner books like the Stitch 'n' Bitch Handbook by Debbie Stroller or the Teach Yourself Visually Knitting book.  They explain things pretty well.
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soozeq
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2007 09:28:59 PM »

I taught myself from a booklet when I was in high school. It's not for everyone, but it worked for me.

Try the site knittinghelp.com. Videos of everything from how to begin to how to end. Plus free patterns, and a great forum.
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2007 09:34:07 PM »

well I retaught myself w/ The Idiots guide to Knitting and Crochet. Of course that won't help you much cause I think its out of print. but I second knittinfiasco. get one of those books read through and then try knittinghelp.com again. After reading the books the vidoes might make a little more sense
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2007 10:02:05 PM »


I definitely understand how you feel.
My advice would be to find an older knitting book with lots of pictures. That being said, I didn't find "Stitch and Bitch" too incredibly helpful in actually teaching me to knit, it did do an amazing job of explaining alot of knitting terms and ideas.

I learned mostly from a Readers Digest book, I can look up the exact title if you want. As a bonus it also has stuff on crochet, tatting and various other needle arts. :] The projects are a  bit outdated but its a good resource.

I also used videos off the internet to show me exactly how the stitches  were done.....

Ummm like a previous poster suggested books from the library are a good idea that way you can flip through them before buying.

Hope to help!
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2007 10:15:40 PM »

I checked out about every book I could find about knitting from my local library.  Cheesy Then, when those turned out to be no help at all, I went to a used bookstore, found several old learn-how-to-knit books and even a few that included used straight needles. They had lots of pics and drawings in them as well as intelligible written instructions. Most included basic explanations about things like gauge, some trickier (more advanced) techniques, and several old patterns for things like scarves, cabled hobo bags, hats, etc also.

Then, when I got stuck, I went to knittinghelp.com to figure out what I was doing wrong and to check that I was doing everything else right. I had been doing my purl stitches wrong for weeks until I found that site. lol. It's really great for the more visual learners. Good luck!

And just a little advice: don't listen to the books when they tell you the "right" way to hold the yarn. Books, especially the older ones, generally show several methods that have you twisting the yarn all around your fingers and that can sometimes lead to a big knotted mess. Just do what's comfortable for you. If it turns out you hold your needles and yarn differently than most knitters, who cares? There's really no right or wrong when it comes to that. Just do what feels most comfortable to you.
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autumnxbutterfly
« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2007 08:13:25 AM »

Thank you guys so much Smiley I will have to look into some of those books. I will keep you updated on my progress.
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2007 11:47:12 AM »

I recently taught myself how to knit as well.  I found the instructions at The Yarn Company to be really good.  It might seem silly, but I liked how they over-explained things.  If you can learn how to do something by reading instructions as opposed to pictures or video, then definitely check it out.

http://www.theyarnco.com/instruction.php
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PaperBag
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2007 03:36:06 PM »

You could go to the library and check out some beginner books like the  Teach Yourself Visually Knitting book. 

This is how I taught myself to knit. I paid $16ish for it at amazon.com and it's been great. I'm not really a book learner, but the book is just full of colored photos and it's a GREAT teacher.

I got some cheap yarn at walmart and size 8 aluminum needles and sat down with the book and that was that. As time goes on, you'll learn more here and in your book/s and you'll slowly start buying different notions and yarns if you get interested- But basic knitting, for me, only required size 8 needles and some cheap yarn.

here is a link to the book I'm talking about: http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Yourself-Visually-Knitting/dp/0764596403/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/105-8926063-1186002?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1193611120&sr=8-1
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hyspirit
« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2007 03:55:34 PM »

I totally agree with the stitch'n bitch book, I have it and it is a life savor for almost any problem I have ever encountered.
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