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livliv60 03-31-2012 06:14 PM

new to knitting
I have just learned how to knit, I'm kintting a scarf and I was wondering if there are any tips or tricks to knitting? Thanks!

salmonmac 03-31-2012 06:24 PM

Well, I guess there are a few. There are some very helpful videos on the tab at the top of the page. And there's lots of help for techniques, problems, and questions here in the forum. Welcome to knitting and to KH!

livliv60 03-31-2012 06:31 PM

Thanks! My scarf is almost 8 inches long, and is my very first project!

salmonmac 03-31-2012 06:35 PM

Excellant beginning! How is it going? Are you following a pattern or just knitting away? What stitch are you using?

livliv60 03-31-2012 06:40 PM

Its going good! I'm just knitting away so far, I'm not sure what stich I'm using...... I'm just knitting.....

suzeeq 03-31-2012 06:59 PM

That's just the knit stitch then. When you knit on every row it makes what's called garter stitch.

If you purl every row it makes garter stitch too. If you knit a row and purl a row, that makes stockinette stitch. The reason is the back of a knit is a purl st, the back of a purl is a knit stitch. So there's really only one stitch in knitting, you sometimes just work it differently depending on which side is facing you.

livliv60 03-31-2012 07:05 PM

Thanks!!! That helps me a lot!!!

GrumpyGramma 03-31-2012 07:45 PM

Hi and welcome to KH!

My tip for future reference: Stockinette curls! I'm glad you're doing garter stitch, it will stay flat for you. :cool:

livliv60 04-01-2012 01:00 PM

Thanks I will try that on my next project!

energisedbunny 04-08-2012 06:13 PM

I don't know if this counts as a 'tip', per se, but definitely check out It is a fantastic website where you can browse pattern and yarns, and people's finished projects and reviews!

It's really inspiring and you can find heaps of great free patterns!

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