Originally Posted by KnitandPurl
Hi! I'm teaching myself to knit and this site has been a great help. I love the videos.
I learned crocheting from my landlady when I lived in Germany; she knew how to knit but I didn't stay there long enough to learn. A Japanese friend taught me a simple cast on, knit and purl, and bind off but I haven't done anything with it.
I'm pretty confident in crocheting and can do a simple knit swatch in stockinette but that is about it. I picked up the Basic Knitting book by Leigh Ann Berry: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started and I'm trying out the teddy bear sweater pattern with some leftover yarn from a crochet project. Its simple but fun; the yarn is splitting on me which is adding stitches left and right. Yes, I've learned to frog.
I'm looking forward to learning some more from the great knitters in this forum.
I haven't tried anything as bold as a sweater yet. All of my projects have been flat work, a few scarves, an afghan, things like that. I do have to admit that there are some gorgeous sweater patterns out there that I'd love to get my hands on and give it a whirl!
I have managed to nail down the basics and have expanded my horizons by adding the cable stitch.
I do better by seeing someone do as oposed to reading, that is why this site has been such a God send; however, one book that I have found that is extremely helpful is the "Ultimate Knitters Bible"
by Sharon Brant
. There are detailed instructions and colorful photos in there to help you along.
Best of luck with your sweater. Maybe you could post a picture when you've completed it.