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Old 10-23-2013, 08:00 AM   #1
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Hi everyone! I came to this forum hoping someone could answer some questions for me. Years ago, I would knit my daughters shoes that I had a pattern for. It was so easy then it wouldn't take me long to make a pair. They lost interest in them so I quit making them. Fast forward for 20 years or more and I still haven't made any. I got into crocheting and never went back to knitting anything. Now, my daughters have daughters of their own. Okay, my granddaughters have seen some pictures of the shoes I made and they love them. So, I thought about digging the pattern back out and hopefully, it will come back to me. Is it possible after 20 or more years? I'm not going to let them know so that if I can't do it, there will just be one that is disappointed instead of all of us!! What do you think???? Thanks for your time.
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Old 10-23-2013, 08:24 AM   #2
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Hello, KathyW, and welcome!

Yes, I do think it can be possible to take up knitting after a break of 20+ years.

It sounds as if you did quite a bit of knitting and crochet too, since you took that up. This means you had plenty of practice and muscle memory when it came to manipulating your needles and yarn.

If you don't want to launch straight into the shoes you can always do a test piece first to see if things come back to you.

If you find you need a refresher on anything then the videos under the 'Free Videos' tab at the top of the page and YouTube are good places to start. And, of course, if you have any questions you can always ask on the forum.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:09 AM   #3
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I hope you still have the pattern because I fully expect that with a little practice you can be making them again. You'll have to let us know how this goes. We don't want you disappointed. We want you to make a lovely surprise!

If you can't find your pattern check out ravelry and see if there's something like them there. There are also vintage patterns on the web that you can look at.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:50 AM   #4
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Thank you for giving me the encouragement I need. I kept digging around and found the pattern so now I'm really anxious to try it. I will check those videos out and maybe that will make something click. Thanks again!!! Kathy
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:17 PM   #5
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Hopefully what will be clicking will be your needles as you storm through your pattern! Definitely have a look at videos on the web of peeps knitting and read the basic instructions too. I'm sure it will come back to you pretty quickly.

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Old 10-23-2013, 01:35 PM   #6
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I kept digging and I had saved my old books that I had learned from. Between your replies and digging out my old books, etc., I was anxious to try it again. I thought I would just practice on the shoe pattern itself and I did remember how to cast on and to do the knit stitch with some help from my old books. Right now I'm stuck on increasing a stitch by knitting in front and back of a stitch. That hasn't clicked yet but I'm going to watch some videos and I have my knitting here with me so I can try it as I watch it if I want too. Thanks again everyone for your help and your friendly welcomes! I will keep you posted!
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Hi and welcome!
I'm sure this will all come back. I picked up knitting after a 25 year break and found that I suddenly had developed even tension! (Most people learn this in much less time.)
It's great that you found the pattern. We'd all love to see the finished shoes.
Here's another kfb video just in case.
http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/pl...crease-english
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Originally Posted by salmonmac View Post
Hi and welcome!
I'm sure this will all come back. I picked up knitting after a 25 year break and found that I suddenly had developed even tension! (Most people learn this in much less time.)
It's great that you found the pattern. We'd all love to see the finished shoes.
Here's another kfb video just in case.
http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/pl...crease-english
Bless you! I struggle and struggle with trying to get even tension. I don't think I'll take a 25 yr. break to see if it works for me.
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:28 PM   #10
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Hello Kathy and welcome to KH. That is so exciting!!! You found the pattern. You are well on your way to surprising those young ones with new shoes. We all love to ooh and aah over finished projects - if you get a chance to photograph and post the pics on the 'What'cha Knittin'?' section of this forum I promise it will be greatly appreciated.
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