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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Learning to Knit from the "Beginning"- Advice, Suggestions needed on: February 21, 2011 10:55:00 PM
Thx so much for the suggestions! Striker & Soozeq, Exactly what I figured I should do rather than feel intimidated... Just jump into one I want to try and try to keep it simple... I want to do garments so badly but figure if I start with a tote or even a shawl or something I can't mess up much... LOL
I have never used circ's or dpn's and want to gradually get into those once I can understand a pattern... at least a bit more than I do now...
I am wanting to get back into knitting (lol, makes it sound as ythough I was such a heavy knitter, NOT) - I did learn the very few basics and I guess I should be thankful I know those... I am interested again because after I taught my daughter the basics, she ran with it and although she can't do much more than I can right now, her knitting is so beautiful, even, and looks "professional" for what she can do- I got her a set of looms for Christmas and she dabbled with them and went back to needles... I have made quite a few things on the looms now but rather than "converting" a pattern to loom knit or board knit, I just want to be able to knit whatever pattern I like as it is or even by subbing a diff yarn or needles until I can make the many beautiful and whimsical items I have come across. (Believe me there is a HUGE list in my favs)-
At any rate,
>elmom, you hit it on the head when you added in that jargon of ..."K2TG each 4th row (9,7,9,6) times, then yo" means ..." - Exactly what I am talking about and then some... I should have thought of Youtube also, that is where I learned a lot of loom knitting techniques!
In knowing basics of needle knitting and being able to knit, purl, CO, & BO, I can also K2TG even if I have to revert back to tutorial to do so and I know what YO means even if I have to revert back to instruction as to how to execute depending on if I am knitting, purling, on RS, WS, etc... but all the row talk, numbers and such and the fact that not all pattern writers/designers/makers write the patterns the same way... very frustrating...
But again, thx! I think I am going to browse through the already very long list of favs I have and choose a pattern that seems to be a beginner with a bit of "extra" in it and then I will be back in to ask questions...
I am also still looking for a knitting group that is close to me.
AC Moore used to have a lady come in twice a week and just showed knitting and crocheting techniques for free.
It was great because I would take my daughter while I shopped so she got extra help when she was first starting out... that lady is not doing any "lessons" anymore unless you do a group paid for class to make a specific project and I not only can't really afford that, I don't want to make something I am not interested in and then still not be able to make the item I have been hoping for afterwards.
(btw, I ramble when I am excited or have lots to say... always lots to say- LOL)
I notice I am rambling but again, thanks so much!
I will definitely poke in to share the pattern I choose to start with and get opinions on my choice.... than let's see how far I get w/o needing help. LOL
>>BTW, I just spent the last 2 days going through the thread/sticky of Free pattern sites... So many I didn't know of yet so now I have to learn many skills soon- I am so itching to make some of the gorgeous sweaters, blouses, skirts and dresses I found!
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any Suggestions for a Beginning Knitter? on: February 20, 2011 08:48:58 PM
Well, I found this "combined" thread and have read it all the way through... 26 pages worth so not really long considering posts dated back to 2004 and even 2003 I think in the beginning...
It has helped in that I think I will take my Joann's coupon and get the SnB book on my next trip out.
I have not only read through this "combined" thread but also clicked on every link in every post suggestion to check out other sites... some give a bit of pattern reading detail but still not the details I need. I hope to find that in a book, site, or even a show somewhere... again, if anyone can help with that...
Thx so much!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Learning to Knit from the "Beginning"- Advice, Suggestions needed on: February 20, 2011 09:54:58 AM
So, I saw another thread discussing the importance of beginners learning to cast on and I totally agree-
I needed to start a new post for my specific issues with being a beginner...
I mentioned in that thread I taught my daughter the basics and she now knits better than I do.(She is also at a stand still now though because I can't teach her anything more than I know how to do and the few things we find on the internet assume that beginners know how to read patterns)
 I still consider myself a beginner. I can cast on, I can knit, I can purl... that's it!
I CAN'T read a pattern, understanding the abbreviations is okay when I find a legend that tells me what each means... Even finding what the execution of each instruction means on it's own... (I can find for some not all)-
I can't understand when all of it is put together and how to do what the abbreviations are asking!!
So, I have played around with making up my own combinations of knit/purl and I have knit scarves, small blankets, belts, basically anything that is straight- but nothing that I have had to follow a pattern for- even a basic pattern... I have never attempted increases or decreases although I have read tutorials and watched videos on how to do them...
I have scoured the internet, the used bookstores, and even blogs trying to find directions on "How to read a pattern" - Does anyone have any suggestions, advice, sites, etc that can get us going from here? I am feeling overwhelmed and as bad as I'd like to pick this back up, I can't afford to pay for lessons or buy $30+ books that have basics in it that will only frustrate me further when I can't find all that I need.
Any help would be great!
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Let the beginners learn fully! on: February 20, 2011 09:41:23 AM
I still consider myself a beginner...  I have been a beginner for 20 years plus... (another story altogether)-
I agree that beginners must learn to cast on before anything! I learned to cast on first- long tail, and finger/thumb method, and then knit cast on...
I don't see how a beginner can get much further if they can't cast on...
I am trying to teach myself to knit from the beginning again- so long since I have done anything at all. (I did teach my daughter the basics when she was 7 yrs old- She is now 14 and knits better than I do but she also is at a "stand still" point...
I should start a new topic on this note...
15   / KNITTING / Re: KNITTING FAQ - READ BEFORE POSTING (updated 12-1-07) on: January 23, 2011 12:48:20 PM
This is a great starter thread. I saw many things I had questions about. However, I am still looking for sources to help me "read a pattern" - I am trying to learn how to read written patterns- charts will be helpful too if I ever need one but I don't see many patterns with charts unless it is knit with a design in the middle or something. (Which I hope to learn as well)
Can anyone help me find resources? I have done man google searches and am not really finding much more than I already know...
I am also most into loom knitting right now but hope to get much better in my needle knitting as well.  I am loving the looms and knit boards but am getting frustrated when I can't understand some of the patterns. Whether it be from terms used b the particular designer for the loom or whether it is because I am attempting to loom knit an original needle knit pattern...
Thx a lot! I am glad I found this group!

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