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Old 06-17-2012, 01:45 AM   #11
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I recently learned to knit. I almost gave up as the lady who showed me only showed me how to make the stitch. She didn't mention anything about how to hold the yarn. I practiced for hours ready to give up before I realized maybe if I hold the yarn and the stitches both it might be better. I did that and it seemed to help. I finally stumbled upon this site and learned how to hold the yarn so that securing my stitch with fingers was no longer necessary.
Then I had another problem. I was taught like you, to knit through the back loop. I didn't want a problem with patterns so I then learned to knit English at first. I had a heck of a time because the cast on method I was shown by my friend worked well with knit tbl but not with English style. I finally reviewed the videos and learned the long tail cast on and that seemed to hold the cast on stitches tightly enough to knit English style. Now I learned Continental Style as well and several kinds of methods to purl. I am so glad I didn't give up. I also learned that different methods for me work better for different patterns and different yarn. Eg. I found Norwegian purling works well with wool and especially with mercerized wool but it is terrible when working with cotton yarn. I also like to do English Style on a row when I am using a cable needle as I can manipulate the needles easier. Don't give up. Try maybe knitting a pair of simple slippers with cheap acrylic yarn or wool. I did several pairs of these practicing the various stitches.
http://www.aokcorral.com/projects/how2oct2005.htm. This is a simple pattern. A lot of people seem to like it. The slippers knit up fast and there is nothing fancy to fool with. Perfect for practice and you get comfortable slippers as a result
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:59 PM   #12
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Thanks for the links! I will have to check them out when I get off work today.
While learning the correct way to knit I am finding I am most comfortable with the English method. But I do plan on eventually learning more than 1 way to knit.
Thanks for all the help!!!
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Old 06-17-2012, 03:31 PM   #13
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I won't be bugging you guys as much anymore for awhile. I found this on you tube and have come to the conclusion that I just need to start completely over as if I have never knitted before.Maybe this way I won't be so lost and confused!
http://www.youtube.com/user/knittinghelp
Is this link a sticky yet? I wish I would have found it sooner. Lol
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:05 PM   #14
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All the knitting help videos can be found on the Free Videos link at the top of the page. They're broken down into cast ons, knit, purl, decreases, increases, tips (which has a lot of useful information) Advanced techniques and the Glossary which has many terms you find in patterns and most have a video some of which may not be on the other pagers.
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Old 06-17-2012, 04:55 PM   #15
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I finally got it!!!
I can only do the knit stich right now using both, continental and english, methods. Working on my tension now. Thanks again for all the help,patience and advice.
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Yay, progress!
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