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MiLady
« on: February 26, 2012 10:52:53 AM »

Hello All,

I've been an avid crocheter since my first year of university in 2010 and I've managed to mostly self teach to an intermediate/ advanced standard. I always said I wasn't interested in knitting and never bought any of the tools, well, today that all changed. I became the owner of a large quantity of vintage knitting needles and patterns. I am already a member of ravelry and as a child I did dabble in a bit of knit/perl. I was just wondering where to begin...

Can anyone reccommend me a nice pattern to get started with that isn't too complicated, will get me to try new techniques but isn't so huge that I become disheartened and give up entirely? It seems a shame to let this equipment go to waste just out of my own stubborn ignorance!

Any other tips or hints or stories of other people's starting points are entirely welcome, I need all the help I can get. Anything reguarding terminology or stores or yarn, just for reference I live in the UK.

Many Thanks

MiLady
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2012 02:53:15 PM »

Rather than learning on a project, start with a sampler. The videos at knitting help are very good - http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/learn-to-knit - you can learn to cast on, the knit and purl stitches, increases and decreases and how to cast off/bind off when you're done. Go to the tips page and look at Demo of a Small project to learn how to put together the cast on, knit and purl and cast off. So practice the cast on with about 20 -24 stitches, and the knit stitch first, then add a purl row and alternate knit and purl rows for a while; then find ribbing and seed st on the Tips page as well. Those are alternating knit and purl sts on the same row. And you can try out the various increases and decreases to see how they look.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2012 09:55:35 PM »

I agree with soozeq. Samplers are an awesome way of learning new techniques/improving skills, and are really cool when finished. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2012 07:44:43 AM »

I'm currently teaching one of my friends to knit and I had her start off with a simple K2,P2 scarf.. I like scarfs as starter projects because you get a hang of the tension. And they knit up pretty quick depending on the needle size you use.
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2012 12:14:55 PM »

I second the comments about samplers.
my mum still has a cushion she made when I was little which has all sorts of different squares of knitted cables. it's lovely.
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2012 08:31:28 PM »

I love the idea of samplers! You could do a bunch of squares in different colours, practicing a new technique on each. Then when you're done you could throw them together into an afghan or throw.

When I teach people, I always get them started with dish clothes. They knit quickly so they're satisfying, and you really can't make too many.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2012 09:48:59 AM »

hi there milady! i could have written your post myself - as a uk crocheter for a few years who has just picked up a pair of needles and started (spookily i once had a warcraft character called milady too! Wink )

love the sampler idea, thanks for the OP, saved me a job! Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2012 01:43:27 PM »

When I started knitting I made the usual scarfs and such but then when I decided to learn new stitches such as cables I made samplers but I made 2 of each in bright colors and sewed them into bean bags.
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« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2012 10:22:54 AM »

Well, you don't sound "stubborn" and "ignorant" to me. You knew enough to ask here, and besides, you sound open to trying new things, which is a great way to be.

Samplers are good and I like scarves because you can vary the length; if you need to keep practicing the stitch to get it right you can just keep going. But another idea is to just make different squares and then sew them together into a blanket or afghan. They don't have to be all the same size, and in fact they don't even all have to be squares; you could use rectangles too. I've actually seen crochet books that taught stitches that way, but I don't see why knitting stitches couldn't be learned the same way. And if you make pieces that just can't be connected to anything else, maybe because they're an odd shape, you can always use them as potholders or coasters (is that what "tea cosies" are? Sorry, I'm in the US Smiley. )

And if all else fails, and you decide you just hate knitting, you can always try selling those supplies or donating them. Things like that sell fast at thrift shops here and charities that teach crafts to underprivileged or challenged people really appreciate those kinds of donations.

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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2012 03:36:04 AM »

I'm still persevering thanks for all your advice, I'm now comfortable with casting on, knit stitch (garter?), moss stitch and purl (stocking?), I have a book with flowers and leaves to knit/crochet and I wanted to try out some of them, but alot of the patterns call for dpns, which I have, but I can't find any clear instructions on how to use them once you've casted on and distributed stitches between needles, anyone got any links to good tutorials or can reccommend any books which might help? Most of the books I have looked in have only provided a page or two on dpns and circular needles and haven't been very clear. Equally I've tried a few google searches but to no avail?
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2012 07:42:33 AM »

Both knitting help and knitpicks have tutorials for knitting in the round with different methods, dpns, circs, magic loop and 2 circs -
http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/advanced-techniques
http://community.knitpicks.com/notes/Knitting_in_the_Round

To clarify about the stitches - when you knit all rows your get garter stitch, but you can also get it by purling all rows. Stockinette is when you alternate knit rows with purl rows. The actual stitches are knit and purl, the stitch pattern (garter, stockinette) is the result. Seed st is mixing knit and purl sts on one row and you get ribbing that way too but you work the sts in a way so there's a column of knits and a column of ribs, instead of them mixed. Knitting help has some videos for the Basic stitches on the Tips page.
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MiLady
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2012 02:40:01 AM »

Oh my god thankyou, I love the magic circle method! thankyou so much
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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2012 10:55:48 AM »

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To clarify about the stitches - when you knit all rows your get garter stitch, but you can also get it by purling all rows. Stockinette is when you alternate knit rows with purl rows. The actual stitches are knit and purl, the stitch pattern (garter, stockinette) is the result.

That's true when you knit flat, but when you're knitting in the round (dpns or circulars or magic loop), it's the opposite - knit all rows (or purl all rows) gives you stockinette, and alternating one row knit and one row purl gives you garter.

Stockinette is the name for the fabric you get when one side of knitting is smooth (knit side) and one side is bumpy (purl side). When you knit flat, you're knitting one row on the knit side and one row on the purl side. When you knit in the round, you're always knitting on the knit side.

Garter is the name for the fabric you get when the smooth & bumpy sides of the knit stitch alternate rows. When you knit flat, you get the alternating smooth/bumpy sides by doing every row as knit (or every row as purl). When you knit in the round, you get the alternating smooth/bumpy sides by alternating knit and purl rows.

The knit and purl STITCH is the same no matter what kind of needles you're using - straight needles, dpns, or circulars - and no matter whether you're knitting flat or in the round.
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« Reply #13 on: April 04, 2012 07:53:42 AM »

Well, yes, I did say rows not rounds, which means knitting flat. I was more commenting on the PP where she seemed to think that knit st = garter, and purl st = stockinette -

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