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pregodego2 11-04-2007 04:18 PM

getting started!
hey ladies, im new. i have been yearning deeply to learn knitting/crocheting. anything that would help with my wool cloth diapering addiction, help me to make some gifts for the fam, and give me something contructive, fun and crafty to spend my time on!

sorry if this has been asked before, i spent a half hour looking before posting it, but found nothing.

can someone either link me or tell me a list of stuff i will need to buy when i head to the store to get my starter stuff...what kind of needles are best, what kind of yarn is good to start with?

Sunny_Singer 11-04-2007 04:33 PM

I would suggest starting with size 8, 9 or 10 bamboo needles.
If you have projects in mind, you get the correct yarn for the project.
If you have no beginner projects, I do have some I can share with you.

Usually starting with 3 or 4 ply yarn is easiest. 3 ply is "baby" type yarns, 4 ply is worsted.

If you want easy care *throw in the washing machine and dryer* start with acrylics, wool-ease, or read the labels carefully.

Sunny_Singer 11-04-2007 04:35 PM

The videos under the view video tab above are fantastic if you need general knitting help to start knitting.

suzeeq 11-04-2007 06:28 PM

You don't have to get bamboo needles, that's just a preference, many of us love metal ones. Worsted weight is most commonly used, it's usually labeled a 4; baby weight is 2 or 3. I'd recommend starting on size 10 and inexpensive variegated worsted yarn to practice on. Do a CO, knit a few rows (garter stitch), then got to alternating knit a row, purl a row (stockinette stitch). Practice some increases and decreases as shown in the videos here, then maybe alternating knit and purl stitches on the same row (ribbing). Don't worry if it's not perfect, that comes with practice. After you've got the hang of it, you can look around for patterns for soakers and get the correct needles and yarn for them.

pregodego2 11-04-2007 08:39 PM

wow ladies! this was so helpful. much more than i knew when i posted!

im going to print out the responses and take them to the store and see what i can find.

sue, what great advice, to just start practicing instead of taking on a project just yet, to just go back anf forth on the yarn. im so excited!

cspooks 11-04-2007 08:44 PM

I'd recommend a yarn that's fairly smooth so you can see what's going on! A lighter color might help with that too. My sister just started knitting, and she chose a simple knit 4 purl 4 pattern. The only problem was, her yarn was chunky and loopy (boucle) so she couldn't see the pattern, dropped stitches, etc.

suzeeq 11-04-2007 09:20 PM

Right, regular spun worsted is good to use; variegated yarn where there's a color change every few stitches makes it easier to see them as well, but lighter colored is better than darker.

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