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Old 01-13-2012, 07:10 PM   #1
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NEW KNITTER!! I don't how to begin!!
I'm wanting to learn knitting so badly....but I don't know where to start....I've gone to crafts stores and looked at what they have, but there so much(needles, looms, etc)....and I don't know what to buy....HELP!!
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Old 01-13-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by JesaGrace View Post
I'm wanting to learn knitting so badly....but I don't know where to start....I've gone to crafts stores and looked at what they have, but there so much(needles, looms, etc)....and I don't know what to buy....HELP!!
Pick some inexpensive, light colored yarn and a pair of needles. I'd suggest worsted weight (Red Hear Super Saver is worsted weight and is readily available, inexpensive) and U.S. size 8 needles or larger and then start casting on. http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/cast-on There are some excellent videos on this site, after you know some terms you can search for other videos if you want.

Light colored yarn allows you to se what you're doing more easily than darker colors will. I think a solid color would be better than a variegated yarn. Size 8 or larger needles will work well with worsted weight yarn.

I started with plastic needles that came in a kit with a book. You don't need to spend a small fortune on needles before you figure out what you're doing.
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Old 01-13-2012, 08:37 PM   #3
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Hi Jesa I just started knitting too. I actually just bought my stuff at walmart. It didn't occur to me to go to the Fabric store where I've been so many times! I watched the cast on video on this website. The work is shown very close and done slowly. That's where I started. I purchased a set of size 6,7 and 8 needles. The yarn will tell you on the back of the package what size needles are recommended for that yarn. You will see a pic of two needles on the paper of the yarn that will tell you. I didn't buy a crochet hook because I didn't know I would need one for knitting I now know it comes in handy to add fringe to end of your scarf and fix certain mistakes. I couldn't wait till the next day so I managed to use two other needles to "make it work" to add the fringe to one end so far. I hope this helps!
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:34 PM   #4
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Just for information... the needles shown on the yarn labels are more to classify the yarn into a weight group (sport, worsted, bulky). Many patterns use a different size needle than on the label so that's not really the recommended needle size, just an average. Tight knitters may like to go up in size, loose knitters go down. So you can use a needle larger than on the label and that will make the sts a lot easier to see and knit into, especially if you turn into a tight knitter. So it's okay to go up a couple sizes on the needles.

I'd actually recommned circular ones instead of straights too. They're easier to handle, even 10" straights can be hard to balance when you're learning how to hold the yarn, the needles, wrap the yarn and make sts all at the same time.
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Hi, Jesagrace,

During a series of snow storms, while being stuck at home, I started knitting exactly one year ago by asking a similar question on this site. I've come back to thank Jan, Suzee and the gang. I've now done about 25 projects including 4 pairs of socks and a few things I've designed myself.

You don't need to start on anything too serious. Maybe a scarf or a potholder, till you get the hang of the 4 basis techniques: cast-on, knit, purl, bind-off.
You go, girl!!
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Thanks for letting us know your progress in the knitting world.
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Or you could do what I did, get the basics down, then knit an afghan
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I think the size of an afghan might discourage a new knitter. :-)
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