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slksnell
« on: July 08, 2008 01:43:09 PM »

Hi there! 

I'm a crochet'er and I would really like to learn how to knit. Before I pick up the long and pointy needles, I was wondering what sort of patterns/items are the best to learn with? Any suggestions are appreciated, the last thing I want to do is start a project that I won't be able to make sense of and abandon it.  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2008 05:25:07 PM »

Washcloths are great!  They're small and generally pretty easy.  Great for instant gratification.  I'd look for something that's just made up of knits and purls for your first project, perhaps a simple basket weave cloth?  Check out Knitting Pattern Central for some pattern ideas.

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« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2008 07:55:11 PM »

I would also recommend washclothes/dishclothes. Not only are they instant gratification as alreadyEntranced said, but they can be sewn together to make other things: scarves, stuffed toy blocks, blankets, bags, etc. They're also a great way of learning to follow patterns and even charts.
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« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2008 08:41:10 PM »

I would say, pick something that's relatively simple, but that you really want, because if you're not into the project you're making knitting isn't fun even if you're experienced.
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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2008 09:24:26 PM »

You could just practice the basics, make a sampler that has knitting every row (garter stitch), knitting a row, purling a row (stockinette stitch), increases, decreases and ribbing which is knitting and purling sts on the same row. Just play with the yarn, don't worrry about tension, try different ways of holding the yarn. Sometimes when a new knitter works on a project and it doesn't turn out exactly like the picture of it, they get very discouraged. Also if you're not making anything in particular, you won't be tempted to rip out and start over because it `doesn't look right'. That's very frustrating. It's better to just realize you made a mistake, see if you can fix and just keep going. By the time you run out of yarn you'll be able to see how much better the stitches are.
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2008 07:00:08 AM »

Almost everyone starts with a scarf because it is easy, and afterwards you have something you can actually use. Same way with washcloths/dishcloths.

Some different dishcloth patterns you might enjoy!
http://knittingonthenet.com/cloths.htm
http://dishandwashclothmania.com/animal-cloths-knit/
http://www.knittingknonsense.com/animals.html
http://www.knittingknonsense.com/holidays.html
http://www.knittingknonsense.com/people_places.html

A good scarf for those who are learning, and where you can try different stitch patterns. You will probably need to sign up for a free account at Lion Brand if you don't already have one, but it is so worth it. You can access 100s of free patterns.
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/70528AD.html?noImages=0
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« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2008 07:52:18 AM »

I started out with leg warmers, but they didn't turn out so well because I screwed up the ribbing. But you could omit the ribbing and just knit the desired width and sew a seam. Same could apply for fingerless gloves.
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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2008 07:59:48 AM »

3 years of knitting and I still cant do ribbing..I cant ever remember where I was in the project once I put it down..

washcloths are great especially with a pattern that you love..even a simple pouch is fun..all you need really is knit and purl..good luck..
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« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2008 11:05:36 AM »

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