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Old 10-31-2006, 09:47 PM   #1
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I have a friend in the hospital on bedrest waiting for her second baby. I know she has to be going stir crazy and at one time she mentioned she would like to learn to knit.

I thought I would get some pretty bamboo needles, some soft yarn and instructions. I won't be able to show her how myself and her husband will be delivering for me. So...does anyone know of a good set of directions I can print for cast on, knit and purl stitch?

I would rather just give her the link for the videos, but she won't have access to a computer until she gets home.
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:20 PM   #2
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If you Google knitting instructions, or go to and look at the instruction directory, you should be able to find all sorts of sites. See what one you think has the best printed instructions. You also might be able to pick up a simple how-to book when you get the needles and yarn.
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:31 PM   #3
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Maybe if you look for a little pattern booklet to go with the package, you could look for one that has basic knitting instructions included. Lots of them do.
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Old 11-01-2006, 01:44 AM   #4
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The Lion Brand website has some instructions in the basics that I've heard are very good. You could copy and paste them to print out.

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Old 11-01-2006, 02:23 AM   #5
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What a nice thing to do for your friend!

I agree with Lion Brand instructions. They are very clear and easy to follow. It does help though to have other instructions as well since sometimes things are said in a different way that helps, too.

When asking questions ALWAYS post the name and a link for the pattern if you have it.

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Old 11-01-2006, 07:33 AM   #6
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I learned with the Knitting for Dummies book -- nice illustrations, lots of stitch samples, and some basic projects.
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Old 11-02-2006, 03:03 PM   #7
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I learned the basics in Stitch-n-Bitch.

Also, it wouldn't hurt to call the hospital's volunteering department and ask if they have a volunteer who would like to teach her to knit. I did all kinds of crap when I volunteered at a hospital for a few years. In fact, I picked up some good knitting tips from elderly volunteers! Lots of old ladies volunteer at hospitals, and lots of them knit. Most hospital volunteers don't do all that much and it surely won't be a problem to find 15 mins or more to help a patient learn to knit. I spent a good amount of my time simply talking to patients as opposed to running errands or anything.
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Old 11-02-2006, 04:21 PM   #8
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this is what my coworker had me print and follow. I didn't let these sheets leave my side for at least 2 weeks.

how sweet you are to do this for your friend!

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