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Topic: Whaa?? Crocheting is easier. >=(  (Read 1099 times)
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Sammiedora
« on: September 06, 2005 05:32:32 PM »

http://www.learntoknit.com/instructions_kn.php3

"Step 6: Return right fingers to right needle, and draw yarn through stitch with point of right needle."

Okay, yarn is SO not drawing through stitch. I guess I'm used to crocheting... with a HOOK... to draw yarn... through...

I can't download videos; I tried knittinghelp.com and it always gets stuck halfway through. And I'm tired of putting off learning to knit! I wanna learn NOW! >=(

Okay, so I just sort of helped it through the stitch and NOW IT'S ONE BIG JUMBLED MESS. ROAR.

Is there a better non-book (I can't buy or check out books because they don't allow me to leave but for school) or non-video website from which to learn?

Help is GREATLY appreciated, I know you get tons of posts saying "TEACH ME TO KNIT PLZ LOL" and... I'm trying not to do that to you, really.
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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2005 09:31:49 PM »

I, too, learned to crochet way back when, and therefore, I too had trouble figuring out how to draw the yarn through with a non-hooked needle point.  I'm not sure where to point you, but I can say a couple things that MIGHT help.  First, my first tries had very tight tension, which makes it VERY difficult to draw the yarn through, and the more frustrated, the tighter it gets, so just try to relax before giving it another shot.  That helped me quite a lot.  Next, there is definitely a motion about putting the needle through and pulling back a loop of yarn.  It wasn't an easy rhythm for me to get, but once I got it, I HAD it.  I don't, unfortunately, really know how to explain it, except to say that the point of your needle doesn't need to grap the yarn and pull it through by force, like a bouncer at a bar throwing a guy out.  It invites it, like a man holding the door open for his wife, and taking her hand as she goes through.  I know this analogy is cheesy, but it's true, and I hope it helps a little. 
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« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2005 03:15:32 AM »

Aww, cute analogy. ^_^

I think I got it, I just wasn't pulling the stitches tight enough so it was all jumbled.

How tight do I pull the stitches?
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« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2005 05:06:14 AM »

it all depends on the look you're going for.
but in general, you want them firm, not loopy, not strangling the needles.
everyone tends to knit with a different tension.

btw - i don't know who "they"are who don't let you out or what your situation is, but have you considered asking the librarian at your school?  Look at the school library first, then if there isn't anything, ask her/him if there's a chance for interlibrary loan from your local city library?
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2005 06:37:25 AM »

http://www.wonderful-things.com/newknit2.htm  Knit Stitch
http://www.wonderful-things.com/newknit3.htm  Purl Stitch

http://www.wonderful-things.com/newknit.htm The home page of that site

Just keep trying! Good Luck Grin
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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2005 05:29:17 PM »

You guys are superbly wonderful.

Are any of you of a high-school-ish age? I don't feel stalkerish today so I don't want to find out on my own. I was just wondering if you think schools would consider knitting needles as weapons. They're fine with crocheting hooks, I do know that.

And thanks again. <3
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2005 05:37:58 PM »

Not highschool age sorry, so I can't help you there

But if it became a problem you could always point out that your average knitting needle is no sharper than a #2 pencil or any ball point pen- usually less so and is generally encumbered with yarn. You may even suggest the idea of teaching knitting to the art teacher instead of the crap projects they usually have you make. I would have been in heaven if my HS taught knitting way back when.

You could also refer the school to the TSA website where they say they allow knitting needles now- so if its safe enough for a plane ride I'm pretty sure its safe enough for school.
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2005 06:29:23 PM »

True. Scissors are permitted, as well. OH! And those little chopstick-like things girls wear in their hair! Worst case, I'll get some of those to use while in school.

"Hey! You can't have those in school, that's a weapon!"

*sticks them in hair* "Hmm? Needles?! Jeepers, mister, they're just accessories...!"

^_^
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« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2005 06:33:05 PM »

also try http://www.stitchguide.com/stitches/knitting/stitch_pages/kn_knit.html
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Sammiedora
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2005 07:03:07 PM »

Oh, I completely forgot about stitchguide, it's where I learned to crochet. Thank you!
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