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Topic: Knitting Vs. Crochet: which would you recommend?  (Read 13049 times)
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Crafty_Girl25
« Reply #20 on: November 25, 2005 08:33:21 AM »

I crochet but I don't knit. I have tried to learn it many times but it just doesn't seem "click". Anypointers?? Grin
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« Reply #21 on: November 25, 2005 08:35:09 AM »

I've tried to learn to knit and gave up. It felt too complicated and overwhelming to me.   
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« Reply #22 on: November 25, 2005 08:35:24 AM »

http://learntoknit.lionbrand.com/
best site ever. I knit (learned off the site  Wink coz I wanted to attempt one of their free patterns) but I can't for the life of me figure out crochet! lol
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« Reply #23 on: November 25, 2005 08:39:20 AM »

I both crochet and knit, and also occasionally teach knitting lessons. I've noticed that crocheters pick up continental style knitting (where the yarn is held in your left hand, and the needle "grabs" the yarn) because they are used to manipulating the yarn that way.  knittinghelp.com has really great instructions.
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« Reply #24 on: November 25, 2005 08:50:12 AM »

Up until 2 years ago that's what I could say. Put any crochet pattern, any hook, any yarn or thread in front of me and I can do it. Put a pair of needles and a ball of yarn in front of me and all you would get is a big mess! My incentive to start knitting was a cute knit {!!!} baby afghan kit that my DH bought me while I was on bed rest when pregnant with our youngest. Who would be able to tell a thoughtful hubby, "no, I'm not doing this" in a case like that? He wanted to cheer me up, give me something new to do, encourage my hobby/obsession with yarn, and picked out something totally adorable for our miracle baby.

I got my knitting help from a few sources. I already had the C&C booklet "Learn How" and it had knitting instructions in there. I picked up the C&C booklet devoted to knitting "Learn How to Knit", and did most of my online research at stitchguide.com. I have recently discovered knittinghelp.com as well. My best friend knits, but she lives 2000 km away, so we had many frustrating conversations while I tried to explain to her what I was doing, and her trying to figure out what I *was* doing!!! The last thing I did was create a group on YahooGroups that didn't look down on new knitters {which has since expanded into not looking down on anyone new/old at ANYTHING}, so that I could ask questions like "how do I do a yarn over?" {nearly the knitting equivalent of how do I do a chain stitch?} without bein laughed at or totally ignored.

HTH... just my experience. Any more questions, just holler!
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« Reply #25 on: November 25, 2005 08:53:07 AM »

I've noticed that crocheters pick up continental style knitting

Yes! That's one thing I didn't mention in my post. I knit continental because my right hand just doesn't know "how" to hold yarn... it's only for holding stitches! *LOL* Grin

Editted to add: For my first projects all I did was dishcloths. It was an easy way to learn how to cast on, knit, purl, cast off, pattern reading, etc. while making something small and useful. It was also a way to compensate for my perfectionist tendencies, since it was "just" a dishcloth, and if I hated it that much, I could use it for scrubbing floors or something where I'd wear it out quickly!
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« Reply #26 on: November 25, 2005 08:54:43 AM »

I used to only crochet, but now I knit too, adn yes, i knit continental! I had a lot of trouble learning. I tried to teach my self, and got all frustrated and gave up. Then, like a year later, after getting fed up about all the pretty knitted things, I just grabbed my old needles and some spare yarn and tried to knit, and came up with a teensy little swatch, not even two inches wide. And then it was just like "Kniting knitting I love knitting!!!!" I have found that it has been easier for to pick up knitting than it was to pick up crochet, and I find a lot of the patterns all easier to understand than crochet patterns. It turns out that although at first the idea of having all the stiches on the needle at first was daunting, I actually prefer it that way! I would suggest the book "Chunky Knits", because it has nice big photos and easy projects. and kids books rock too! I made my first project form "Chunky Knits" and my second project from "Kids Easy Knitting Projects," which, though lacking in good diagrams, has a lot of easy cute projects and good instructions for each project.  
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« Reply #27 on: November 25, 2005 09:49:27 AM »

Thanks! this really inspires me to try to knit! And also thank you to all of you who suggested continental knitting it sounds easier. Maybe I'll go to the library today and pick up a few books. Grin
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« Reply #28 on: November 25, 2005 10:13:21 AM »

Thanks! this really inspires me to try to knit! And also thank you to all of you who suggested continental knitting it sounds easier. Maybe I'll go to the library today and pick up a few books. Grin

Well be sure to keep us posted on your progress! If you decide to watch the videos at Stitchguide, ignore what the fingers are doing with the yarn, just watch what the yarn does in relation to the needles... does that make sense? I haven't viewed them yet, but I've heard that there are continental videos for most stitches at knittinghelp.com.
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« Reply #29 on: November 25, 2005 10:16:58 AM »

I learned how to crochet when i was 9, and i learned how to knit about a year later.  My grandmother taught me how to do both, and i found watching her was really helpful.  Definately try knittinghelp.com for instructions; they have videos that explain the different stitches.  You can stop them at one segment and replay the tricky parts over and over.  I'm currently trying to learn continental knitting, and the videos did a great job of explaining it to me.  Good luck with the knitting!
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