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Old 11-17-2008, 08:27 PM   #1
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How did you learn to knit?
I'm new to knitting and this forum. I've wanted to learn to knit since I was a little girl watching Little House on the Prairie and finally at 33, I took my first knitting lesson this past Saturday and I'm hooked! I was trying to sneak in rows at work today

I'd like to know how you learned to knit. The thing I'm most curious about is how you learned to troubleshoot, and the "tricks" like how to fix a dropped stitch and the things you just can't learn in an hour-long class.

I've often wished I knew a knitter I could learn from, but I don't know any, so I have to learn a class at a time and by reading sites like this one.

I look forward to learning here.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:48 PM   #2
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Hello Moonflower,

I am a brand new knitter. I have only been knitting a couple of weeks and I learned on this site. They have some great video that show you everything from casting on all the way to dropped stitches. They have advanced techniques and everything. This is an amazing site to start with.

I have already knit a scarf, baby booties and now I am working on a shawl. Good luck and dont be afraid to ask questions. Everyone here is very helpful.

Happy knitting!
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:55 PM   #3
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How did you learn to knit?
I'll let ya know if I ever learn.

Seriously, I learned by a combination of Amy's videos here at KH, and experimenting. Don't be afraid to try things, experiment, and just knit. Who cares if it doesn't come out perfect the first time? You learn from it and try again.

When I first joined here I was struggling to learn and frustrated by a simple ribbed scarf. Now I just knit my own stuff without using patterns. Ok, my stuff is ugly as heck, but it's mine

Ya dive in and ya learn.

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Old 11-17-2008, 09:24 PM   #4
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I took my first class on Sat too. But I got bored just practicing the knit stitch so I got on this site and looked at the videos and I'm now starting a dishcloth doing knit and purl stitches. I did make some mistake (I have NO idea what I did) and saw a hole in my work. I looked at the videos but I couldn't make sense of how to fix it. I unraveled it but couldn't get the project back on the needle so I just started over again.
I think with certain things (for me anyway), I need personal help. I have my second class next Sat. and I know they offer personal help certain days of the week for a price of 5.00.
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:40 PM   #5
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Hello and welcome. I'm new to this site too and am loving it! I started knitting about 1 year ago but still consider myself a beginner. I learned how to cast on, and do the knit stitch, and bind off from my mom (that's all she knows how to do) and the rest I've learned from this amazing site! If you have a question or problem, just post it here and some nice person, or 2, 3, or several (hee hee) will help you!
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Old 11-17-2008, 09:56 PM   #6
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I bought a laminated page at the UPS store
then did a Google search for some help
and found this really neat websie called knitting help dot com
oh wait, THIS is that site

I also bought a TON of knitting books
and posted and talked to everyone i could find
I even found some knitting groups

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Old 11-17-2008, 10:04 PM   #7
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I had a how to book and finally used it. Of course I had watched my mother for years so I'm sure that made it easier. I feel so fortunate to have someone to go to in reading patterns and showing me the stitches and the easier way to do some things. And the cost is zero!! I love this site also because I have learned a few things and I can get on line and see how to do stitches since I cannot always run back home.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:13 PM   #8
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I first learned how to knit/crochet when I was around 10 years. Learned from my grandma the English version. She was so fast in both.
Since then I have been doing items on and off. More so in the past 10 years. I am so hooked. It is relaxing and fun!!
I am making a lot of christmas gifts this year with knitting.
It always helps to learn from each other and I still am learning too.
Love to mess around with new stitches.

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Old 11-17-2008, 10:20 PM   #9
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I learned how to knit here on knitting help and then reading lots. I've never taken a class.
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Old 11-17-2008, 10:37 PM   #10
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I learned in High school from a How To book my mother had (she crocheted and I learned crochet from it too). I just figured out a lot of things on my own and what worked and what didn't work. It helps to learn how to read your knitting so you not which stitch is which and when you've messed up.
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