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Old 07-07-2011, 05:27 AM   #1
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A complete beginner! Much help is needed!
I really want to knit, and have been wanting to start crafting for a really long time...thing is, I know nothing, and have no one to teach me. :C

So, I was wondering...what's the best way to go about learning? I've looked at books, but none of that really helps, because it all seems advanced to me.

And I really don't know anything at all. I don't know stitch names or anything, but I really do want to learn!

I think at this point if I could just knit at least a scarf I could die happy lol. So any help at all would be more than lovely. Thank you so much!
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:44 AM   #2
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Welcome to Knitting Help.
There are great videos online and just a Google away that will teach basic and advanced techniques. You can look right here at the Free Videos tab at the top of this page for Getting Started. There are also all kinds of demonstrations of stitches and even a complete project. And a glossary to help you learn the names of stitches and all the pattern abbreviations you'll come across. Seeing the videos may make it easier to look at books and decide which ones are really clear and helpful for you. There's lots of good books out there (try the library, too).

People here are ready to help if you need it with all sorts of projects. Just make a beginning and enjoy knitting!
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:54 AM   #3
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Thank you so much. I've gotten really excited about learning it, and then I actually settle myself and try to learn and it gets a little overwhelming at times. But thanks for the tips! Tomorrow, hopefully, I can get to do a little yarn shopping and see what I like, and what kinds I like the feel of. :D
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Old 07-07-2011, 07:49 AM   #4
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My suggestion would be to get some cotton and knit yourself a dish cloth or wash cloth. It's small and you can practice your stitches knowing that it's something you can use no matter how it turns out. Trying to make a scarf when you're first learning is not such a good idea because scarves take forever to make. At least a dish cloth is small and you can see your results quickly.

Just my humble opinion!!


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Old 07-07-2011, 10:19 AM   #5
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Get some smooth, light colored yarn in a medium weight. I don't recommend cotton for beginners because it has no memory..go with acrylic, wool or a blend to start with. Knitting needles sized 8-10 are good to learn on.

Watch the videos linked at the top of the page and we can give you more help as well.

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

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One of the biggest helps I've found in other needle arts is to buy a good stitch dictionary which is available at most book stores. The one I personally recommend, "Super Stitches Crochet: Essential Techniques Plus a Dictionary of More than 180 Stitch Patterns", made all the difference in my crocheting. My mother started teaching me to crochet when I was only 6, but for YEARS my squares weren't square and had more issues than you can even imagine. I could read the patterns and understand the abbreviations, but I couldn't visualize what it was telling me to do. This stitch dictionary actually has a chart with symbols showing me where everything goes for a specific pattern, so it makes it make SO much more sense. The BEST part is that they also make one for knitting that's done the same way, and if memory serves me, the name is identical except that it says Knitting. Either way, it looks identical on the cover except for the Knit distinction in title. (I've not bought it yet, though I've been drooling over it extensively.)

Like you, I'm a complete beginner, and this book and the videos I've found online are all I'm using to teach me to knit. Those paired with time, patience, and inexpensive yarn to practice with means that if I'm lucky I'm only four years from my goal of knitting a wedding ring shawl.

I hope this helps.

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