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« on: November 23, 2008 01:04:54 AM »

I want to learn how to knit and am going to have to teach myself.
I was just curious as to which would be the best way to begin.
There are kits at michaels
and i was curious whether it would be a good idea.
My problem is that i dont know what i need to start. Size of needles? type of yarn? and all the extra little things.
I tried to ask a woman at michaels and she looked at me like i was crazy and walked off.  Undecided and all the books at barnes and noble just confused me more.

Thanks in advance<3

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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2008 02:31:35 AM »

When I re-learned to knit after a very long time of not doing it, I ordered some yarn from the internet that I liked the look of, and ordered the size of needles that the yarn recommended (usually it will say on the ball band).  And I found some instructions on the internet.  I think those kits are usually quite expensive for what you get.  You don't need any extra little things till you start following patterns, when you might want a row counter, cable needles, etc but just to start off you don't need them straight away.

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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2008 06:21:03 AM »

I wouldn't recommend a kit.  I would say to start with a yarn that you think feels nice and looks pretty, and make a scarf.  Buy the size needles that the yarn calls for (although I would say shoot for size 7-8 minimum--you don't want your first project to take years!).  I started out with a fun fur scarf on size 11's, although I'm not sure if the fun fur idea was the best, because it can be really hard to see the stitches you are knitting.

As for instructions, nothing beats www.knittinghelp.com for me.  There are videos so you can see exactly what to do, instead of trying to guess from pictures.  Also, if you have any friends who knit, ask them for help.  Good luck and happy knitting!
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2008 07:48:34 AM »

You can just buy a skein of yarn and some needles for much less and that's all you need to get started. The instructions for what to do with them can be found in the videos at knittinghelp.com and there are also videos at youtube. The other items are very inexpensive purchased on their own and you probably won't need them to get started. I might suggest using size 10 needles however instead of 6 and 8. New knitters tend to knit rather tightly and the larger needles make it easier to see the stitches. As does light to medium colored yarn.

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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2008 09:44:21 AM »

...a skein of yarn and some needles .... size 10 needles ...light to medium colored yarn.
Very good advice.

Let me add that knitting is a skill you need to Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice, Practice
Before you begin, you should know that there are two methods of knitting, but it doesn't matter which one you use.  The method merely determines how you hold the yarn. 

Continental or European style (the one I prefer because it was the one my mother taught me when I was 6 or 7). 
Pick and Throw style (most preferred here in the US).  Most U.S. instructions are probably pick and throw.

The stitches are identical, regardless of the style you choose. 

Learn how to:
(1) Cast-on (there are several methods from which to choose; learn one.)
(2) Knit
(3) Purl
(4) Increase
(5) Decrease
(5) Bind-off

This 85 percent of what you'll ever need to know.  When you've mastered these five skills, you can acquire more.


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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2008 10:11:34 AM »

I agree with the advice of buying one skein of yarn and a set of needles to determine if you like knitting first. You could borrow a beginner's knitting book from the library if you would like to take your knitting with you, and use the on-line references for added help, especially the videos.  If you find that you do like knitting, I would recommend buying the kit. I learned to knit with this type of kit which I got on sale.  Years later I still use the tools (knit gauge, stitch markers, needles: knitting and cable, etc.) that were included.  That will save money in the long run.  I found the illustrations and instructions in the book easy to follow.  If the cost of the kit is a concern, Michael's has been including 40% off coupons in its mailers, at least in my area of southern California, as it usually does during this time of year.
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2008 12:37:18 AM »

knittinghelp.com looks alot better than the books i was reading.

I plan a making a trip to michaels tomorrow.. (or today i guess since its 2am) since ill have some time to devote to it.

AND if anything comes for it i will definitely post it.

Thank you all so much, you were more than helpful.<3

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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2008 07:48:35 AM »

The lionbrand website also has some good, clear instructions on learning to knit. Good luck with it and have fun  Smiley
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2008 10:23:24 AM »

Speaking as a person who taught herself to knit. DONT BUY THE KIT.  I got a kit thinking it would be the best approach.  The instructions and pictures were so bad I couldn't even figure out how to cast on.  I ended up buying another book.  The books I taught myself out of were the Stitch n Bitch and the Readers Digest Complete Guide to Needlework.  I still use these two as my main reference books even with all the other books I have bought over the years. Everyone else is right as well.  Get some yarn you like and buy the needle size the yarn says to use.  If you get something like Red Heart Super Saver yarn, you'll have tons to work with and a good solid yarn.  Don't try to teach yourself with a super delicate yarn that will break, split or cause frustration.  When I taught myself I didn't have access to the internet so it was all out of books but I have started using the internet more as I have started doing more advanced techniques.   If all else fails.  Go to your local LYS, find a mom and pop one, not a Micheals or Hobby Lobby and ask for help, they are great and usually super good at getting someone set up.   
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2008 11:35:32 AM »

I'm not a knitter, but this summer I taught myself to crochet using The Happy Hooker. I'd go with Stitch 'N Bitch because I know The Happy Hooker has AWESOME directions.

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