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11-13-2010, 04:57 PM
Hi y'all, I'm new to this forum and new to knitting. My name is Stephanie, aka tweeti. I have been bitten by the knitting bug big time and I am trying like everything to learn. It's hard to learn just from the videos, at least it is for me. I've got the casting on down, but I just can't figure out where to go from there. I'm doing the knitting cast on...English version, if that helps....I need all the help I can get. So, thanks in advance. I'm about as dumb as a box of hair when it comes to knitting so any and all help is appreciated.
11-13-2010, 05:13 PM
Knitting is easy - and soooo hard! Just hang in there and you will give the bug all there is.
After the cast on, you should practice the knit stitch. Just knit all stitches, turn your work at the end of the row and knit back. Do this as often as you want / need to practice. That makes a fabric that is called "garter stitch".
When you want to practice the next thing, learn the purl stitch. Now work one row knit and one row purl and that will make "stochinette stitch" - that flat fabric.
When you have enough of that, learn the cast off (any method for now).
After that: you are a knitter that now faces what we all face: learning new tricks left and right everywhere and all the time. You never know it all but it is fun to keep learning.
Once you know cast on, knit stitch and purl stitch and cast off: chose an easy project and just learn along while working it out. (it can be a scarf, but does not have to be.)
Welcome to knitting and to adiction. Now that you are on the hook, make the best of it!
Jan in CA
11-13-2010, 05:20 PM
Welcome to Knitting Help!
There is a video in the the video section under Tips that will probably help. It's called Demo of a Small Project. It shows you a small sample from start to finish.
Here's some pages that may also help. These also include still pictures.
11-13-2010, 05:49 PM
I taught myself to do basic knitting (I mean realllly basic) before there were any online tutorials. I tried books, and they helped some, but the video tutorials were so helpful for me. The best advice I can give you is search out several sources for your questions. Even though all may be good advice, one may just "grab" you and help you understand things a bit better just because of something as simple as the way it's worded. I know I've read things and then gone, "What???" Then I read the same thing, worded differently, by someone else and it made sense. It's frustrating to knit and rip and start over, but we've all been there! Even seasoned knitters have this happen when they try something new! I can't believe sometimes how much knitting has evolved and how many new techniques surface over time. I'm amazed at the creative, talented and industrious people who perfect these techniques. Just keep trying and ask questions. There are no "dumb" questions and there are plenty of people willing to help! I can't even begin to tell you how much help Knitting Help has been to me. I come back again and again...and I leave videos "open" in a window just so I can remind myself when I get to a certain point in my knitting that I'm unsure of...the videos have been a lifesaver for me! The best thing to do is find a format that works for you. People are different kinds of "learners"...some are visual, some auditory and some learn by the "hands on" method, which is me, but I have to see it first in video or in person and then I have to follow along so I can "feel" what I'm doing to get the hang of it. Just don't give up and keep practicing!
OTN: Sea Lettuce Scarf :knitting: