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« on: December 03, 2012 02:31:11 AM »

I have decided to start my new winter hobby - knitting but would like any suggestions on where people would recommend a beginner to start?
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2012 07:36:56 AM »

A great site to explore is Knitting Help - http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/learn-to-knit Besides videos on basic stitches, there's ones on increases, decreases, how to knit in the round and other techniques, and the Glossary page has most of the terms you'll find in patterns, many of them with videos that aren't in the other sections.

« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2012 09:30:46 AM »

I don't recommend a scarf, they take too long. Try a wash cloth or a small bag first.

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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2013 11:19:17 AM »

I agree with not starting with a scarf.  It gets so boring.  When I teach people to knit I have them just knit a strip long enough to seam together for a cowl.  If you make mistakes it hides them pretty well too. 

You will also want to check out www.ravelry.com.  It's a free site with lots of patterns, forums and other good stuff. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2013 10:30:59 AM »

Debbie Stoller's books are a good place to start, or Elizabeth Zimmerman's.  Both are available at most libraries or books stores. 

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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2013 08:22:08 PM »

Also, second that scarves are terrible first time projects. Hats are great also, because you can learn to knit and decreases in one go. Ravelry is also a great place to start. It has a wealth of knowledge and an awesome pattern database so you'll never be at a loss for projects.
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