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« on: November 15, 2010 01:17:03 AM »

I only just learned to knit last Friday. But my friend (who taught me) and i are throwing a knitting party in a month because we've had a ton of friends ask to hire us to make their Christmas gifts and to teach them. Because i will be one of the only ones who knows how to knit at all, i'll have to help teach. So, my question is... what should i teach? I mean, besides the obvious things-- cast on, knit, purl, bind off...
But... is there a best way to cast on?
What are the best stitches i should educate myself on?

I don't know how to do cabling, and i doubt we'll get into that, but i definitely hope to learn it anyway. Smiley

I still need to learn how to actually read patterns, which i'm definitely trying to work on.

Anyway, hit me with your ideas. Please! Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010 01:49:04 PM »

Changing colors, weaving ends in, ummm? Really, most techniques are a variation on the knit and purl stitch.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2010 04:29:19 PM »

There is no 'best' cast on or stitches because they're an individual preference. The knit cast on is probably easiest to learn because it's similar to how knit sts are made. You probably won't get have time for much more than cast on and knit, maybe purl and bind off. Send them to the videos at knitting help if they're wanting to learn more.
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/learn-to-knit
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2010 10:41:02 AM »

I agree, i don't think we'll get past knit and purl, but i don't know what levels everybody will be at. Thanks for the link, it's very helpful.
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2010 08:03:46 AM »

I've taught a couple friends how to knit and I have printed out a simple dishcloth pattern. That way they learn how to read a simple pattern for a simple project. Also, youtube videos are a huge help, you can search any stitch or technique and there is a video to show you how to do it. If there is someone who just isnt getting it, have them watch a video, sometimes seeing it explained a little different makes it click.
I would teach knit, purl, simple increases and decreases. That's pretty much all you need to get started. Have fun!
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« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2010 09:14:45 PM »

I taught myself how to knit with the video's from Knitting Help. I had a hard time learning how to knit on, I don't know if it was because I tried to teach myself from a book so when I tried again years later I didn't even want to try it.

I love a long tail cast on, so maybe if people have a hard time knitting on try that.

Good luck!
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