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« on: May 26, 2011 07:28:40 PM »

Have you ever wanted to learn to knit and not sure where to get started?? 

I'm working on posting some "learn to knit" tutorials and thought maybe it would be fun to do a "Learn to Knit-along"!   

If there was enough interest, I thought it might be fun to learn together (have a little support/motivation and be able to ask questions).  Maybe the goal could be to make some sort of sampler scarf to try out a bunch of stitches and techniques.

Any interest? 
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2011 03:49:54 AM »

What a great idea!
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2011 10:34:49 AM »

This sounds fantastic!
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2011 08:29:14 AM »

I would be interested! I taught myself to knit 2 nights ago but I only know how to do the knit stitch and have a pretty clear idea of the purl stitch. I would take all the help I can get! Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2011 04:43:43 AM »

Id be interested in learning/joining Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2011 03:53:05 PM »

I'm learning to knit! Let me share my approach to it Cheesy

First, I re-learned how to knit (I learned as a child, but totally forgot). I made a garter stitch scarf as my practice piece.

I needed to learn to purl! I picked the continental method because it was easier to wrap my head and hands around. I started a sweater! But not just any sweater, a COOL sweater. It had to be a drop-stitch sweater! So I learned that, too Cheesy The sweater's not done because I messed up my row counting and will have to actually write it down so that the back matches the front. Eventually Tongue

I decided it was time to challenge myself some more! I tried a sock. I hated ribbing and gave up. So I found a pattern for a bias-knit necktie! I had to learn 3 things for this pattern: slip-stitch at the beginning of a row, purl-2-together, and make-1-purlwise.

So, as you can see, I like to increase my abilities a couple skills at a time. It works for me, at least.
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2011 10:20:51 AM »

I'm down!  Is there an easy blanket we might be able to do?  It'd be better than my dishcloth LOL
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« Reply #7 on: September 09, 2011 01:06:16 PM »

I'm interested, I find knitting really tricky so i stick to crochet but I'd love to learn
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2011 01:30:37 PM »

This would be awesome! I did a silly thing and tried to jump right into a cabled blanket/afghan. It took me forever to figure out I wasn't knitting and purling, but knitting and knitting. So learning the correct way would be nice
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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2011 02:26:55 PM »

I am in. Can we have some links or directions for us left-handed folks?

I have taught myself to cast on, knit and bind off. I am making some potholders now to practice pattern reading, increases and decreases.

Have a practice piece going for practicing purling, also.

Subscribed to this thread, also.


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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2011 08:34:11 PM »

I would love to join! I'm thinking about making a scarf first.
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« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2011 10:02:46 AM »

Alright, I bought my basic supplies today and have attempted to knit for the first time. I've got the cast-on and first row down pretty much, but once I start my second row I get stuck. It seems like my top loop is too tight and won't allow me to knit it! Anyone have this problem? What am I doing wrong?
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« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2011 11:09:13 PM »

Knitting really tight is normal for beginner knitters. Try changing the way you hold your yarn to adjust tension. I wrap it once around my pinky finger and then knit or some people weave it in and out of their fingers for tension. Try not to hold too tight.
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« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2011 09:51:56 PM »

I'm learning how to knit! I taught myself (via youtube videos) how to cast on and do the knit stitch, and then made what I'm calling a dish towel all in knit stitch. Then last night at my LYS one of my yarn buddies taught me how to bind off. She then taught me how to purl, too! I've made 2 1/2 dishcloths total. The first one was stockinette, the second was 2x2 rib, and the one I'm working on now is k1,p1 (I think it's called moss or seed stitch?). I figured I'd make a bunch of dishcloths to work out the different (most common) stitches. It's a plus that I actually could use some new dishcloths.  Smiley Anything more complex will probably have to wait until after Christmas. Or, at least until all my Christmas crafting is done.  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: February 02, 2012 04:34:51 PM »

I'd be down too! I started learning around Christmas, and I think I've got the basics down. But it'd always be great to know for sure.
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« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2012 09:24:48 AM »

I would love for this to take off. I have a book on knitting which I'm struggling with. I work better with videos that I can pause and replay so YouTube has definitely helped me. The last 2 'easy' knitting patterns I have purchased have been anything but easy and it would be good to have a place to ask questions!
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« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2012 10:38:31 AM »

Just wanted to say thanks, this is a great idea, I could definitely use some help. I've done a few scarves so I am able to cast on, knit, purl and bind off (the last two with the book in front of me). I would like to learn more and I think the dishcloths as swatches is an awesome idea! Bookmarking this, hoping for more... Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2012 05:00:10 PM »

bookmark here for me too! i've been trying to learn to knit, but i always get ahead of myself and end up just ripping it all out and finding a crochet pattern instead. Tongue
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« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2012 02:46:18 PM »

I would love to learn to knit. I know how to crochet already and have basics of knitting I learned from youtube.
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« Reply #19 on: August 28, 2012 04:39:09 AM »

Found this thread yesterday and was so encouraged to see so many people wanting to learn to knit too! Like me :0)  I started searching for patterns that only used basic stitches and stumbled upon another Crafster knitting thread for a Leg warmer pattern!  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=272427.0

I tried knitting a handful of years ago but was to preoccupied with my school stuff at the time. I remember learning knit and purl stitches and that was it! The leg warmers only require those two so I'm set!  I'll post a couple Youtube videos I found that helped me to relearn the two basic stitches as well as casting on.  I haven't looked up how to cast off yet because I've only JUST started :0)
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« Reply #20 on: August 28, 2012 04:52:14 AM »

Casting on to a regular needle, slip knots...
http://youtu.be/7Iv03nRS8xU

Knitting with Circular needles...
http://youtu.be/zUxXOMnpTzk

A second method for Casting on, also Knit stitch, binding off...
http://youtu.be/3uw-nUvGrBY

Purl Stitch...
http://youtu.be/MAMD_XpybQY

I'm using these methods to make the leg warmers I posted in my previous post (above this one). Hope these help!
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« Reply #21 on: August 29, 2012 08:57:09 AM »

Okay, so after trying to start the legwarmers on a circular needle, I decided perhaps it was better to use regular needles like the pattern calls for. I like the idea of seamless leg warmers but I really struggled with keeping the circular needle and the yarn and the stitches organized and straight. In mental concept it's not hard to master, but reality was a whole different story!

I am off to the store to by some normal needles :0)
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« Reply #22 on: October 06, 2012 01:46:01 PM »

Kamehi, thanks for the link s. How are those leg warmers going?
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« Reply #23 on: October 12, 2012 04:17:46 PM »

They are going well so far! I only have about 4 inches on one done. I have to put them on hold because my mom requested a knitted shrug for Christmas.  She liked this one, which happens to be another great beginning knit pattern!
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/L10061.html?utm_source=20120907_Sept07&utm_medium=Emails&utm_campaign=Weeklynewsletter&utm_content=P-BasicShrug

The shrug is going well. I have about 12 inches finished and I think I might make myself one later because it's so soft and cozy feeling.  I'm using the recommended yarn and circular needles.
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« Reply #24 on: October 12, 2012 07:17:15 PM »

my sister and i caved and took knitting classes, but they were well worth it! i have been able to knit myself a garter stitch cowl out of some of my handspun, and i made my daughter a little hat with k2p2 ribbing! i was very proud of myself for that one. Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: July 11, 2013 01:43:03 PM »

I am interested too! I have only made scarves on straight needles.
I would love to learn short rows, cables, and socks (dpn's).
 
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« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2013 11:00:17 PM »

I learned how to knit 2 times... Once when I was about 12/13 taught by my stepmoms mother, then again when I was 17. I just stopped knitting the first time because I didn't know what I was doing after that spring break of hanging out with people I could ask, plus I didn't have money for yarn. Then I decided I wanted to try it out again. So, on to the internet!

I haven't had to ask my stepmoms mother (Sorry, can't bring myself to call her grandma) for any help at all. I've only used the internet. I had some trouble figuring out how to properly purl: I was wrapping the yarn to the RIGHT of the needle in order to bring it to the front, and this was wrapping the yarn all the way around whatever I was knitting. I couldn't figure out that you just needed to pull it to the LEFT and BETWEEN the needles... Before that, I was also accidentally knitting instead of purling.

After that, though, I was good. It's been 3 years, and I have been going slowly... I made some basic scarves, and gave them away. I made some lace washclothes, and gave those away. I made some hats, and gave though away. I made a sweater, and kept that for myself. Now, I'm working on a simple, reverse pinwheel blanket for my BF's birthday. I would definitely suggest starting with a scarf or a washcloth on straight needles, and a simple hat for circular needles.

Also, do your research! I tried making a hat with MUCH bigger needles than the pattern said, and I don't even know why I thought that would work... Obviously, the hat was much too big. Also, the difference between 32 inch long circulars and 16 inch ones... You CANNOT make a hat on 32s unless you learn the "magic loop" method (Or using 2 circ's at a time), which I haven't bothered doing because I don't mind using double pointed needles. Yeah, I got 32 inch long circs and didn't even realize why that wasn't going to work for a hat...

Anyways, I hope I helped anyone out... There's plenty of trial and error when learning to knit, so please don't let that discourage you! Start with easy and fast projects first! If you're trying a new stitch, make a practice piece first so you don't get to the middle of the project and mess up!
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