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« on: January 30, 2008 12:03:59 PM »

I am a crocheter, but I want to learn to knit. I bought a set of basic supplies with an instruction booklet. I think I'm getting the knit stich confused. It looks just like a purl stich. What could I be doing wrong? It would be nice for someone to send me to a website with some awesome diagrams. In the meantime I'll see if youtube has anything.
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2008 12:06:18 PM »

You might want to check out this website.


Lots of videos that I still find helpful. She does a good job of explaining everything and going slow. Might help you to figure out where you're going wrong.

Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2008 12:06:59 PM »


tadah! best of luck :3 i'm sure you'll get the hang of it! i enjoy it more than crocheting, even though i learned how to crochet first :3

edit: ahah! i was too slow i guess xD
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2008 12:26:02 PM »

Knitting help will not play on my computer because I don't have an updated flash player. I have linux b/c my hard drive is fried and it will run from the cd. I just can't install it or anything else... Cry
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2008 01:38:46 PM »

When you knit each row, you get something called garter stitch that looks quite similar to the purl side of stockinette. 


If that's what you're getting, then you're doing it perfectly, you're just knitting every row.  When you alternate rows, one row of knits an one row of purls, thats when you get stockinette fabric, you know, the one with the v's on one side and the bumps on the other.

Hopefully this answers your question!  Congrats on learning to knit!

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2008 03:31:15 PM »

if you search on youtube, you can probably find stuff.
unless that requires flash too...
best of luck!
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2008 04:35:57 PM »

One thing I noticed when I was trying to teach myself to purl (my knitting is a mix of every knitter I've ever met; I learn something new from EVERYONE :]) is that I wasn't actually PURLING for a really long time.
I THOUGHT I was, but I was actually knitting into the back of the stitch *blush*
The biggest thing I can say about the purl stitch is that your yarn sits in FRONT of the knitting, whereas for knit, it sits behind.
It will feel extremely awkward at first, but once you get used to stockinette stitch, I'd recommend something like moss or seed stitch, just so you get used to switching Smiley
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2008 04:40:35 PM »

This site has some decent graphics for you. Might help?


And Google is my best friend, so I love to tell people how much it might help. You might want to just do a search for "how to knit" and see what comes up. That's how I found the site above.


« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2008 07:39:59 PM »

There's some good illustrations here - http://learntoknit.lionbrand.com/ and cllick on a topic here - http://www.knitpicks.com/Content/index.php for pictures.

« Reply #9 on: February 01, 2008 06:22:02 PM »

btw - there is no such thing as a stupid question.  Smiley
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