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« on: October 23, 2004 11:43:29 PM »

I don't know if I posted in the right section (sorry if I didn't!)  but I was wondering if knitting is something that is easy to teach yourself...like out of a book because I really want to learn and I don't know anyone who knows how to!  If this is difficult does anyone know any specific locations to learn how to in Connecticut?  Thanks alot!
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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2004 11:57:57 PM »

I learned by myself mostly from the internet.  I got a book at the library but it didn't make a whole lot of sense to me.  When I very first learned to knit around about 7 years ago (before I lost interest and gave it up until this summer) I learned from good old Martha:


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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2004 05:36:31 PM »

I used Idiot's Guide to Knitting and Crochet and various websites to teach myself after going to a free knitting class and coming home frustrated and ready to give up.

There are so many websites out there with easy to understand instructions.  I like stitchguide.com---they have streaming videos that helped me a lot (although some videos are mislabeled, for the most part it works).  The Stitch n Bitch book has really nice simple instructions as well

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2004 05:53:33 PM »

I learned from the Stitch n' Bitch book. I have since bought it for two more people and they have both taught themselves from it.

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2004 10:49:06 PM »

I mostly taught myself (predominately using Stitch'n'Bitch as a "text book", if you will) and a little bit of direction from my roomie, who already knew how to knit.  I also lurked here a little bit Wink
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2004 05:16:42 AM »


I also learned from Stitch and Bitch, which was a present from a dear friend! I then bought a copy for another dear friend, and all three of us love it.

I found it to be modern, humourous and easy to understand.
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2004 06:50:55 AM »

I'll throw in my vote for Stitch n Bitch, also the way I taught myself.

Also, since you mentioned you're in CT - are you by chance in the New Haven area? I'm a member of the SnB there, and many people there have said they'd be happy to teach newbies how to knit! Stop by and join us!


« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2004 07:27:45 AM »

The Stitch n' Bitch book is definitely helpful, as are several sites online (I like Stitch Guide, which has QuickTime videos of how to do several stitches--helpful if you just can't figure out what the illustrations in books like SnB are showing.) Here's the URL for Stitch Guide:

I actually learned the knitting basics at a Community Ed class in my neighborhood, and I felt that was well worth my time and the minimal expense. Most yarn and craft stores also do classes, so check the ones in your neighborhood.

I just realized someone else already mentioned Stitch Guide, too. Sorry about that! Well, there's two votes for it as a helpful reference! :-)

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« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2004 08:06:18 AM »

I taught myself to knit from an article in Martha Stewart Living! But I much, much, much recommend begging a knitty friend to help you learn.  Smiley

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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2004 11:50:40 AM »

Thank you all so much for the help  Smiley
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