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« on: August 18, 2005 03:32:01 PM »

I'm trying to teach myself to knit with the help of the book  'knitting pretty"...BUT...i simply can't figure out the difference between knit stitch and purl stitch...i THINK i have the knit stitch down ok as it looks like the photos given, however, I'm trying to make a slipper/bootie and can't figure out how to purl. the directions in hte book seem simple enough but when i try it it simply doesn't work. I'm supposed to be doing a knit 1 purl 1 pattern...any suggestions or images that might explain this to me a little better are greatly appreciated!!



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« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2005 05:28:29 PM »

I taught myself to knit from the internet and a book. I would definitely recommend going to www.stitchguide.com   They have videos!  Good luck! Smiley

« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2005 09:25:00 PM »

I taught myself from a CD-Rom called Knitting made Easy by Coats and Clark. I got it from Hobby Lobby but they also have it at JoAnn. This site (http://knittingatknoon.com/demos.html) also has knitting videos. Hope this helps!!
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« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2005 09:29:14 PM »

Also, www.knittinghelp.com is a great source for videos.  It has helped me out of many frustrating stitches.  Good Luck.

« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2005 10:30:09 PM »

Thanks! I'm going to Joann tomorrow so I'll check out the videos. I didn't even think of it...that way i can actually see someone perform the stitch...thanks again !!

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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2005 04:56:23 AM »

Knitting for Dummies and Vogue Knitting were helpful books when I taught myself to knit.  There are also tons of other books you can get at your local library.  I've noticed that each book explains things a little differently, and especially when it came to the purl stitch, it took me quite a few books to find one that explained it to me in a way that I understood.  You'll get there, though.  Good luck!


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« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2005 04:02:30 PM »

I have a great little booklet I got for free called "Improving Your Handknitting Techniques" by Patons Canada which has been really useful. I tried to find it online for you hoping it had been .pdf'd and posted somewhere, but couldn't find it.  You could also try some of the yarn brand websites for pointers (i.e. Patons Australia has this at http://www.patons.biz/media/how_to/how_to_knit.pdf). 

After I had learned how to knit (more or less), I picked up the Debbie Bliss book Step-by-Step Knitting Workbook (but only because it was v cheap on sale).  I'm not sure what it would be like to learn how to  knit from, but I find it's a useful reference if I am learning a new technique for a new pattern I'm doing.

I totally agree with franna724- if you don't follow one explanation, you might find another one makes more sense.  There are different ways of holding the yarn, casting on, etc.  and you might find one way easier than another way.

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