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« on: December 23, 2003 05:05:42 AM »

Greetings and salutations!

I've been wanting to learn how to knit, but my mind -- and my fingers -- can't seem to wrap themselves around the idea. Can any of you recommend a good kit / book / system for learning? I admittedly lean towards books and kits than to web sites, but at this point, I'll take what I can get.

Thanks much for your help, and I hope your last-minute holiday craftiness is going well.

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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2003 06:02:39 AM »

A couple of suggestions...

Here's a discussion on good books for learning to knit:

I also hear great things about the book by Debbie Stoller (BUST magazine editor):
Stitch 'N Bitch: Instructions, Patterns, and Advice for a New Generation of Knitters

Also, is there a Stitch & Bitch group in your area? I bet that if there is, you could find someone who's willing to help you learn in person!

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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2003 03:49:11 PM »

Thanks very much for the suggestions. I will definitely look into all of them.

Have a happy holiday!
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2003 12:52:14 PM »

Stitch 'N Bitch by Debbie Stollar is really great!  It has diagrams and really explains it to you.  It even has cute little rhymes.  

« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2003 08:44:42 PM »

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that book sounds good and i may order it myself but ive been looking online for basic tutorials so i can get my feet wet before i invest in anything...

had very few successes, but these seems real simple to follow:


hope this helps.. Kiss

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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2003 06:48:30 AM »

I thought the Knitting for Dummies had pretty good explanations and illustrations.  The Knitter's Companion is the best reference book I've used.  And the Yarn Girls Guide explained a couple of things I didn't understand.  

My suggestion would be to request knitting titles from your local library.  Almost all books I've purchased, I first had checked out from the library.  You might be surprised at the size of their collection of knitting books.  (And you could request they purchase specific books, too.) I know there are several people who don't like Knitting for Dummies, but it works for me.  People learn differntly, so there's probably not just ONE way to learn how to knit.  

Being able to work with a book for a couple of weeks is a much better indication that just thumbing through it at a store or taking another person's word for it, in my opinion.  
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2003 07:21:57 AM »

Hey ALL!!

I got a Lion Brand knitting kit for Christmas...and I Must say...it's NOT as easy as I thought!! They confused me on making a SLIPKNOT!!!  HELLO!!!

So, I'm gonna pick up Stitch & Bitch (cause I"ve heard such GREAT things about it)

and maybe, just maybe I can knit the poncho I want, instead for crochet!!!

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YAY this thread tought me to knit! THANKS BUNCHES YALL!

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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2004 09:37:16 AM »

I want to learn how to knit, and I have bought a couple different learn to knit leaflet things, but I just can seem to get it.. Is a there a better book or even a video you can recommend? Everyone says its easier than crochet, maybe Im just not meant to knit.

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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2004 09:49:27 AM »

I learned to crochet before I learned to knit and I'm not convinced one is all that much easier or harder than the other.  There are more stitches in crochet but you can do a lot just knowing a simple single and double-crochet.  The best way to learn, in my experience, is to have someone show you.  My aunt taught me the crochet basics and then I taught myself to knit using Stitch N' Bitch.  However, if books don't work for you or you don't know and knitting folks, you might try a cd-rom tutorial like this one: http://www.softexpressions.com/software/cd/KnitCrochet.php

Good Luck!

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