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« Reply #40 on: March 22, 2005 05:41:23 PM »

I learnt from this site-using their videos!



k..thanks so much, i tried snb, and got way confused, and my mom tried to teach me, but i got way confused. this might be what will teach me to knit Smiley

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« Reply #41 on: March 22, 2005 05:52:14 PM »

i learned from the SUPER EASY Klutz Knitting book (it even came with the stuff i needed)  Grin

« Reply #42 on: March 23, 2005 04:53:47 AM »

My hubby got me the "I taught myself to knit" booklet/kit from the craft store this Christmas. I struggled for weeks. Finally I gave up and then went to Michael's and took a 2-hour $15 class. Now I kinda feel like I can tackle anything!

My LYS has some knitting classes I'd like to take though, intarsia and socks. But other than that, I'm cooking with gas now!
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« Reply #43 on: March 23, 2005 07:19:45 AM »

I have wanted to learn to knit for a while now. I have been crocheting for 15 years now but never had taken the plunge into the world of two sticks. Finally, when at my LYS one day getting parts for a necklace I was making I  saw one of those "Learn to Knit" kits that came with cheapo plastic needles and the various odds and ends one would need to start knitting.
Major impulse buy.
I forced myself to not open the package and dig in till I did some boring housework but finally I snagged up a skien of blaze orange acrylic yarn I had picked up from some yard sale years previous and began the process of learning out of a book. It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be to learn even tho I am left handed and had learned crocheting backwards. That horrid orange yarn became a dingy gray with all the frogging and knitting I did with it but in the end between the out of date book I had with dorky projects and the various internet sites I visited I managed to learn pretty quicky. Now I can't understand why I waited so long to learn how to knit Smiley
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« Reply #44 on: March 23, 2005 07:57:45 AM »

When I was high school, they had evening adult classes, so I took the knitting class.  That was over 40 years ago.
« Reply #45 on: March 23, 2005 10:47:48 AM »

I purchased a learn to knit kit and started with that. I never finished the project but my need for the learning the craft kept burning inside me. So I bought a book and picked up a few things from that, then it just spirals from there. I kept wanting to learn more so I just kept reading different books, like SnB and the The Knitting Experience the Knit Stitch, also i tried www.knittinghelp.com and www.stitchguide.com. I made about a dozen or so scarves then moved to hats, made a poncho, and a baby blanket. After all that I decided it was time to start a sweater but had no idea on how. I chose a very complicated pattern, for my level of experience and learned  as I went. But I must say the best support I got from all my learning experiences was the people on this forum. You ask a question and some kind understanding person will always give you an answer.

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« Reply #46 on: March 23, 2005 01:40:09 PM »

I took classes at my LYS after trying to teach myself with a zillion different knitting books to no avail. I COULD NOT teach myself to purl, use DPNs, or knit in the round. Being shown in person and doing the homework assignments was just the thing I needed. I learn kinesthetically in a hands-on way, and diagrams confuse me unless I've already been shown the technique and just need a refresher.

I find the diagrams and explanations in the book A Passion for Knitting to be the easiest for me to follow.

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« Reply #47 on: March 24, 2005 07:07:47 PM »

Ive ALWAYS wanted to learn, but i always gave up thinking it was waaaay too hard.  Huh whered did u guys learn? i just need tips and such. also...do you think a beginner would be able to learn "kim's hat" ? thanks

I learned less than a year ago when my mother purchased me a kid's knitted scarf kit from Hearthsong which I requested for my 36th birthday.  It came with a pair of needles, two balls of eyelash, and a four page flyer with illustrated instructions for casting on, knitting, binding off, and purling.  After decimating that eyelash yarn (which I do not recommend for learning to knit), I bought a cheap skein of Red Heart worsted weight and Deb Stoller's awesome book, Stitch 'n Bitch.  I tried all of the stitches and such in Stitch 'n Bitch and just kept working at it until it felt right.  Since then, I've picked up more instructional books, visited loads of websites, and have kept very busy learning a ton of new things about knitting.  People have tried to tell me that you can't learn from a book, but if you can read, you can knit.  I personally think that Kim's Hat is do-able for a newbie as long as you're willing to persevere and learn from your mistakes.  Still, I'd pick up a good instructional book like Stitch 'n Bitch -- It can't hurt and it really is a great book.
« Reply #48 on: March 24, 2005 08:09:55 PM »

I tried to learn three or four different times before I finally got it!  I had two major difficulties: I'm left- handed and I learned to crochet first, so I was totally confused when I bought my "teach yourself to knit" book.  I started with English- style knitting from that, but it just WOULD NOT come out right.  Then a friend who knits but who is right handed tried to show me what I was doing wrong.  But she couldn't translate right to left.  FINALLY, I just broke down and paid for lessons at the local LYS and have used some books and www.knittinghelp.com to help me with the things I don't learn there.

Now I'm making all KINDS of stuff Smiley

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« Reply #49 on: March 24, 2005 10:20:05 PM »

i was taught by my mom when i was 5. I knit the swiss (yarn over left hand) way just like the rest of that side of the family.  Been knitting ever since. It's an addiction!

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