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Old 11-23-2009, 07:35 PM   #6401
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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.
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Old 11-24-2009, 02:29 PM   #6402
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Originally Posted by KnitandPurl View Post
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.
Happy Knitting
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Old 11-24-2009, 05:39 PM   #6403
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I've posted a few times here but haven't introduced myself yet. I'm MB, and my slogan is "Real Men Knit."

So far I've made three scarves, one of which is a horribly poorly made attempt at two color knitting, and I'm planning on making scarves and maybe matching hats for my two youngest siblings for Christmas. I'm also going to knit myself another sweater that I can use for church, parties, etc.

I tried crocheting on Saturday night...and can't do it. So I'll stick to knitting and using the hook for my funky bind-off method.
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Old 11-24-2009, 06:29 PM   #6404
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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.
Happy Knitting
Well in crochet, sweaters are not that hard - we'll see how it goes with knitting. I just got the Vogue Knitting book and it has some incredibly beautiful sweater patterns but I think it will be a long time before I can knit any of those! I love scarves though - with a nice yarn they're so pretty and in crochet they're so easy to make.

The teddy bear sweater is just a practice piece from the Basic Knitting book. I think the author just put it in for practice so people can go through all the steps of making a sweater without spending too much time or yarn. The book though has a pattern for a knitted tank that looks nice which I think is more doable than the Vogue patterns.

Thanks for the suggestion of the Knitting Bible. I'll check it out.
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Old 11-26-2009, 12:47 PM   #6405
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need help with yarnweight
Hello. My name is ann. The problem I have encountered is when I retired earlier this year, I was straightening (lol) up and moved all my stash of yarn into one room, yes the whole room. I have all these semiused skeins and colors of mostly worsted acrylic and some sport acrylic.
My big question is, if I wanted to make something with bulky yarn, can I combine a worsted weight with a sport and have it look like
anything? Or should I forget that altogether and just make afghans or shawls with the leftovers?
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Old 11-26-2009, 01:09 PM   #6406
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Yes a bulky and sportweight combined would be a bulky weight. Get creative.
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Old 11-26-2009, 02:36 PM   #6407
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Hi, I'm Sarah, I'm a pretty new knitter and find this site incredibly helpful and wonderful. I've already gotten some help with something, and everyone seems quite lovely.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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Old 11-26-2009, 03:06 PM   #6408
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Thank you suz. Your answer was very timely.

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Old 11-26-2009, 03:12 PM   #6409
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I'm relatively new to knitting (scarves, hats etc) and am currently making my first Christmas stocking. As it's Thanksgiving (and I'm not visiting relatives this year), I find myself alone and unable to call on friends for advice. Given this situation, I come upon the phrase "pick up and knit" in my instructions and am truly perplexed. I search my "Learn to knit" book but can't find any reference to this phrase or how to execute it. Then I Google knitting tips and click on this link. Within seconds I'm viewing an easy to follow video and am back on track with my Christmas stocking! Thanks so much for today's assistance and I can't tell you how excited I am to have found this site!
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Old 11-27-2009, 04:54 PM   #6410
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Hello :)
Hi everyone...

I too have always crocheted but wanted to learn to knit...this site is awesome and I cannot wait to start....
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