firstly, use at least #8 needles and yarn approrpriate to needle size. Knitting is a two handed art so it does not matter if you are left handed. I had no problem teaching my lefthanded granddaughter to knit. Just keep playing the videos and pause them. Good luck.
A little bit about me: my Mom taught me to knit when I was younger, but I never had the patience to follow through with finishing anything other than house slippers. Now I'm in China, and all the women on my husband's side of the family knit (without patterns), and they're teaching me to knit the same way! It's really exciting for me, because I'm learning how to make things without having to follow someone else's pattern, and how to finish things in a timely manner. (There's a way of holding the needles here that really seems to speed up the process from what my Mom taught me.) There's only two downsides: first is that it's all in Chinese, so reading patterns in the future might prove to be a little difficult, and second, I find myself staring at people's sweaters trying to figure out how something was done, rather than paying attention to what they are actually saying to me (I know, it's rude.)
My husband thinks I have completely lost my mind, but I don't see this hobby going away. I figured it was time to join this forum when I caught myself lurking here almost everyday for the past two+ months.
Hi! My name is Anne and I just found this website while looking up some knitting abbreviations. I learned to knit when I was a little girl (just basic stuff), and have just gotten back into it this past fall. I retired from the Air Force after 24 years, so now have more time to pursue crafts. Just since November, I knit an aran for husband, sweater for my grown daughter, numerous pairs of socks and a hat. What I've come to realize is I need to work on proper technique for holdng yarn. I knit all those items without holding the yarn in my fingers - it was just hanging. Fortunately, my tension did come out fine, but doing it properly would increase my speed and also improve on what seems fine and make it better. There's that and then working with more than 1 color at a time. I am currently taking a 3 session class to knit mittens in a fair isle design. It's going well...I've just started carrying the yarn in both hands. The only thing I am not getting the hang of, is when I need to catch the yarn up without knitting it, so I don't have a long loop inside. Some of the pattern has as many as 9 stitches in one color, so I am picking up the yarn about every 3rd stitch, to keep smaller loops on the wrong side. The outcome looks right, but it is really awkward, and I am always getting the yarn all twisted around each other. When this is going on, I am carrying both strands of yarn in one hand, because I just can't see how it is done and then actually duplicate. I've watched my instructor numerous times...not getting it. Is there a video for this? Thanks so much. This website is quite exciting!
Good morning & welcome Tuzi, i am a struggling knitter and love every minute of it. i want so badly to knit a sock by the magic loop way. my good friend Manor just moved a couple weeks ago to China. she is a single mom, grown kids & grandkids, she is not chinese, but she moved, it took her a while to get papers, she fell off the escalater soon as she got there, and now he she has to have surgery there in China.
Hello all my fellow knitters! I am brand new here. I have been knitting for about 7 years. I am a single mom of a wonderful 11 year old boy. I live in southwest virginia..half the town is in tenn. I love to wear and play with fibers of all types, bright colors and the crazier the better! Hope to see you all around!
My name is Iris, I'm 31, and I am a french knitter.
I Loooove this site (the more helpfull I've found until there !). I don't come very often, but I always learn a lot !
Thanks for shearing your knowledge !