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Old 01-03-2008, 04:51 AM   #11
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lion brand has some nice projects on there websites to try.
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:07 AM   #12
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I had a tough time when I started too. I did LOTS of dishcloths and scarves before attemtping anything else. My first needles were the long ones too and I hated them - still do! LOL The shorter ones are much easier to use. Watch the videos on here and keep practicing. And be conscious of relaxing your muscles too. When I first started trying to learn to knit, my entire body would ache after a while b/c I was so tense. I still find myself tensing up when trying to learn a new stitch or follow a new pattern. Hang in there! You'll get it!
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:30 AM   #13
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Everyone has problems with knitting sometimes- hence why this site exists!
I find that I cast on too tightly quite often and then first two rows are literally horrible. Usually I cast on to two needles then slip one out. This makes it much easier for me to get started.
Don't give up! Knitting is great and I'm sure if you relax, get some different yarn and start out just playing, you'll be fine.
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Old 01-03-2008, 12:47 PM   #14
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If you are going to buy new needles you might want to think about getting a pair of circular needles. You can knit flat with them and many find them to be easier to knit with.
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Old 01-03-2008, 12:53 PM   #15
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Yep, that's exactly what I did. I just went out and bought circular needles and a regular pair, along with some of the chunky worsted yarn. Then of course I went a little nuts and got yarn I know I'll screw up with because it's just too pretty! But anyway, I'm all set to try again tonight after work.
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Old 01-03-2008, 01:49 PM   #16
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Just relax and have fun. Don't try to "make" anything. Just practice knits and purls until you feel comfortable.

Learning a new skill can sometimes be frustrating, but it comes with practice. Nobody got it perfekt the first time.
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:01 AM   #17
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Well, the new needles and different yarn seemed to make all the difference. I had no trouble last night. I also tried the yarn from the previous night with different needles and it worked much better.

Thank you all for all your encouragement.
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Old 01-04-2008, 10:39 AM   #18
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Wonderful! Way to hang in there!
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:36 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by Knitting_Guy View Post
Just relax and have fun. Don't try to "make" anything. Just practice knits and purls until you feel comfortable.

Learning a new skill can sometimes be frustrating, but it comes with practice. Nobody got it perfekt the first time.
I'm going to second Mason's advice to relax, have fun and don't try and make anything.

There's a great podcast on the Knitpicks site where Kelley talks about teaching people how to knit. She says it's important that when you first start to knit, you understand that you aren't making anything and not only that, chances are that your piece will turn out pretty ugly. So practice away at making nothing, just a big ol' piece of practice knitting. Once you feel comfortable with the stitches, you can toss your practice piece and start on a something.

Good luck and enjoy learning how to knit!
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Old 01-04-2008, 12:58 PM   #20
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Oh I didn't realize there was a podcast on this. I'll check it out. Someting interesting to listen to while working this afternoon.

I understand and respect the idea of practicing while not actually working toward a project. My mind doesn't think that way though and I tend to get bored really quickly like that. I like working toward something... even if it's ugly. This is probably why the majority of my creative endevours never get fininnished.

I also got some info on some local classes at JoAnn's. I mostly can't stand that store in my area (too disorganized and the staffing isn't that great but it's still relatively new so maybe it'll improve) but maybe their classes will be worth it.
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