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Artchic528
06-09-2013, 05:43 AM
So, I've found myself frogging potential project after project. Is there anything you more experienced knitters would recommend for a beginner like me? :shrug:

The sum total of my experience is the knit stitch. That's it. Its all I've learned thus far.

salmonmac
06-09-2013, 06:17 AM
There are lots of beginner projects from small, quickly finished ones like dishcloths that are immediately gratifying to larger scarves or sweaters. The small projects are especially nice for trying out new things. You can do so much with just the knit stitch and learn one or two new techniques along the way.
When I find myself without a next project in mind, I look at patterns in the yarn store or online. There are lots of projects here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/free-patterns/) at KH and on Ravelry.
What projects have you tried and why did you frog? What sort of project are you interested in?

Artchic528
06-09-2013, 06:32 AM
I usually frog because one or more of the dogs or the cat have found my yarn ball and decimated the project. I also frog because I dropped a stitch or something silly like that.

crazykntter83
06-09-2013, 10:14 AM
I've been doing these (http://poniesandpurls.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/grandmothers-favorite-dishcloth/) dishcloths recently, and they're fairly simple. If you don't know the stitches already, it introduces you to yo, which you can find in the increases (http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/increases) section of the videos and k2tog which can be found over in the decreases (http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/decreases) section of the videos.
Hope this helps a bit, and happy knitting!! :)

salmonmac
06-09-2013, 11:43 AM
Yes, knitting is irresistible to cats and dogs. You'll have to find a container or a room that you can store your projects in that's safe from them.
There are good videos on the Tips (http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips)page for Fixing Mistakes without unraveling whole pieces. They'll save you time and frogged projects.

GrumpyGramma
06-09-2013, 03:49 PM
Yeah, you really need to find a way to keep your knitting safely away from the critters. Never mind ruined projects, it can be disastrous for your furry friend. Maybe you want something small that will allow you to learn to correct errors and still let you have a finished project. Good suggestions above.

Chelsea716Knits
06-09-2013, 11:40 PM
Learning the purl stitch is a good idea for basics, its basicly a "backwards" knit sitch. Doing one row of knit, then the next row of purl creates the stocknet stitch, a basic stitch used in most knitted items. You could try knitting sqaures and sowing them together for a scarf. Or taking worsted wieght (size 4 yarn on some yarns) and simply casting on about 15-ish and knitting until its as long as you want, then cast off, its a fool proof scarf. You can learn to add little details like making the "fringe" or "tassles" at the ends of the scarf or colour switches. Its a easy project, no patteren needed!

flyboydc10
06-10-2013, 01:08 AM
I would say a good dishcloth or a small throw might be a good starting project. Go out and get a good beginning book on knitting, there are a lot of good patterns of all types from basic beginner to very advance :) Happy knitting !!!!!!!!

jinxnit55
06-10-2013, 02:26 AM
The first thing I made a few months back was a long garter-stitch scarf, made out of variegated chunky yarn. The variegated colors hid all sorts of mistakes, and because it was the first thing I made I didn't get too wrapped up in having it come out perfectly. I had also decided I was going to make a scarf because it was a super cold winter. I haven't looked at it for awhile, but it DEFINITELY has some holes and snags in it, but I didn't really care, just told myself they were part of the scarf's "rustic charm." The first time I wore it several people complimented me on it, so it basically looked alright! I don't think I would wear it now, but I was fairly happy with it at the time and it was warm!
Anyway, cut yourself some slack if you can because knitting is like anything, the more you practice, the better you get!

Antares
06-10-2013, 02:44 PM
It sounds to me like you need some sort of sturdy container for your works-in-progress, like maybe a plastic bin with a snap-on lid. Also, your next project might depend on what kind of yarn you have (provided it isn't mauled to death by the critters). If you tell us what yarn you have (or would like to get), that will help us give you some ideas, too.

I knit lots of swatches before I ever started any projects. I suppose I could have been more efficient and made something of them, but they were in such bad shape that that wasn't really something I wanted to do. Still, it was great practice for the "real" thing!

Chelsea716Knits
06-11-2013, 06:40 PM
speaking of a good book for knitting, red heart has a book that you can buy at walmart (in the yarn section) using ONLY garter/knit stich

claireweber
06-11-2013, 09:26 PM
I just ran across this knitting pattern and remembered your post. It uses only a knit stitch and will knit up pretty quickly.

http://www.allfreeknitting.com/Knit-Hats/simple-hoodie-hat/ml/1

Artchic528
06-12-2013, 08:32 AM
Thanks. I bookmarked that page and will definitely use that pattern. :yay:

knitcindy
06-12-2013, 10:03 AM
When I want to learn something new, I check out my local library for books/videos that teach KIDS how to knit (or teens). I figure that if a kid can understand it then I certainly should be able to!!!

They can help you increase your skills in a simple to understand way!!! If you want to add some "pizzazz" to a simple scarf, try this:

http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/scarfcondo.htm

Condo knitting uses 2 different sized needles at the same time and you end up with a very lacy scarf!!

hth, knitcindy

ArtLady1981
06-12-2013, 08:32 PM
I taught a beginner knitting class this past winter. We did garter stitch scarves. Using worsted weight yarn, and US10 bamboo needles.

You can cast on widthwise, like about 20 stitches, and work until the scarf is the desired length...or you can cast on 208 stitches and work until the scarf is the right "width".

Here is the scarf that I used as a model for the class. It used two skeins of Noro Kureyon, and US10.5 needle.

http://farm9.static.flickr.com/8451/7980585118_b61dca8b3f_z.jpg


I think the variegated yarns make a garter stitch scarf more interesting! Don't you?

This mohair scar used worsted weight yarn, and is knit the traditional way:
US 10.5 > cast on 14st. Garter Stitch til 47. Add 2.5 fringe each end. Scarf w/ fringe: 5 x 52.
http://images4-b.ravelrycache.com/uploads/ArtLady/120768417/2012-09-16_22-09-25_993_medium2.jpg

http://images4-b.ravelrycache.com/uploads/ArtLady/120768518/2012-09-16_22-11-14_507_medium2.jpg


The "skinny scarf" below is worsted weight yarn,
http://images4.ravelrycache.com/uploads/ArtLady/120128652/091212130633_medium2.jpg
Using a US 15 and green Crystal Palace Taos yarn: cast on 8st. Work garter stitch until desired length, as yarn permits. Skinny scarf is 3 wide without fringe.

It's so much fun to knit garter stitch scarves with a variety of colorful yarns, adjusting the needle size, adjusting the number of
cast on stitches! Fun! Fun! Fun!

GrumpyGramma
06-12-2013, 08:54 PM
When I want to learn something new, I check out my local library for books/videos that teach KIDS how to knit (or teens). I figure that if a kid can understand it then I certainly should be able to!!!

They can help you increase your skills in a simple to understand way!!! If you want to add some "pizzazz" to a simple scarf, try this:

http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/scarfcondo.htm

Condo knitting uses 2 different sized needles at the same time and you end up with a very lacy scarf!!

hth, knitcindy
I have to try condo knitting, I've only read about it. Maybe that scarf will my next project. Thanks so much for mentioning it and for the link! I wonder if I can find knitting books to check out for my Kindle. When I have time to look into it out, I hope I remember to find out.

knitcindy
06-13-2013, 05:36 PM
Glad you like it GrumpyGrandma!!! (not sure how to spell your name) I found that pattern just by googling "free condo knitting pattern".

Hope you find more patterns!!
knitcindy