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« on: October 28, 2009 02:32:49 PM »

Hello, everyone! I cannot knit to save my life! I don't know how to do anything, and I don't really know where to start. I do have some of my grandma's kntting needles - size ten, and double ended sizes 3 and 5, as well as a size 8 circular needle. Does anyone have any really good beginner patterns? Maybe your first pattern?

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« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2009 06:53:06 PM »

My first pattern was a stuffed rabbit for my niece.... she's 44 now.

My suggestion would be to use the videos at www.knittinghelp.com to practice stitches. You can use just about any medium weight light colored yarn, it may say worsted, or have a number '4' on the label. The size 10s will be good to use, the sts will be bigger so you can see the sts and where to put the needle.

Do a cast on, I'll advise you the backward loop looks easy, but it's hard to knit in to and isn't a good one for more than a couple sts. The knit or cable Cast ons are similar to how you make the knit st, so you can start with them. Then just knit a few inches (that makes garter stitch), and then add a purl row. Alternate the knit and purl rows and you get stockinette stitch, what most people think of as knitting. You can play with this a while then make some decreases and increases. Finally you can try ribbing, knitting and purling sts in the same row. That will make a nice little sampler, or you can keep working with it, making some different sts until you're tired of it and you have a scarf.

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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2009 01:39:50 PM »

My best advice is to start with a scarf. Don't use stockinette on the scarf since it will curl. For a scarf all you need to know is cast on, knit stitch, and bind off. They are great practice.

Like the previous poster said, the cast on technique that is a loop that is twisted on is not great for making anything too wide, but it is good for a beginner.

If you feel adventurous you can add purls, but if you do stockinette it will curl. Also, if you learn to slip the first stitch of every row, the edge will not be as bumpy as it would be if you knitted every first stitch.

Good Luck! And if you have questions, that is what this forum is for.

Also, there is a posted topic at the start of this message board that has a lot of great links and tips on getting started. They explain things much better than I. Here is the link:


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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2009 03:54:21 PM »

I learned to knit out of the yellow For Dummies book - I highly recommend it!

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