Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-22-2008, 04:54 PM   #1
Cativari
Casting On
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
New and need someone to hold my hand..
Hello all. I'm new to knitting and am looking forward to learning more. A few days ago I bought my first needles (size 8 U.S) that were pared with a how to book. I have gotten good at the knit stitch and am okay at the purl stitch, though I'm having more trouble with this one. I have learned to bind off as well.

I need some help understanding what kinds of knitting materials are out there and what they are used for. I don't have a clue what the different sized needles are used for or what kinds of yarns are used for what. I'm a total newbie.

TIA
Cativari is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Cativari For This Useful Post:
RuthieinMaryland (12-22-2008), Shakit6909 (12-22-2008)

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 12-22-2008, 05:08 PM   #2
WandaT
Instepping Out
 
WandaT's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 3,033
Thanks: 293
Thanked 1,479 Times in 1,441 Posts
Different size needles are used for different weight yarns and specific looks with different stitch patterns. Don't try to understand everything right now. Just start with a pattern and knit. As you choose each project, you'll learn something new from it. When you choose a yarn you like, the recommended needle size is written on the label. You'll get there; just enjoy the process.

BTW, Welcome to KH!
__________________

Wanda T
My Blog
My Ravelry
WandaT is offline   Reply With Quote
The Following User Says Thank You to WandaT For This Useful Post:
RuthieinMaryland (12-22-2008)
Old 12-22-2008, 06:21 PM   #3
RuthieinMaryland
Turning the Heel
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: I live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland - GREAT steamed crab country! :o)
Posts: 624
Thanks: 1,420
Thanked 470 Times in 234 Posts
Welcome, Newbie!
Hi, Cat!

Just listen to Wanda! She said it perfectly!

And let us know how it's going, or if you run into any questions that need answering! This is THE answer place!

Happy knitting,

Ruthie
RuthieinMaryland is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-22-2008, 08:01 PM   #4
Marria
Working the Gusset
 
Marria's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Boise, ID
Posts: 1,450
Thanks: 638
Thanked 660 Times in 524 Posts
Hi there!

One thing I can share from when I was first learning to knit--try to stick with fairly light colored, smooth yarns when you are first learning. Bumpy, fuzzy novelty yarns and dark colors can make stitches hard to see and mistakes hard to fix, especially when you are first embarking on the knitting journey.

Another tip--knitting needles are made out of all kinds of materials. If you have one type and are really struggling with stitches sliding off too easily or too hard, you might try a different material. It's amazing how much difference there is between metal, bamboo and plastic needles.

Have fun with your new (addicting) hobby!

Marria
__________________
If at first you don't succeed....rip it and try again!



OTN: Dollar and a Half Cardigan, Oddball charity projects, Celia, Trellis

Last edited by Marria : 12-22-2008 at 08:33 PM.
Marria is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hand dyed and hand spun wool robkat317 General Knitting 1 12-30-2008 10:25 AM
Please help! Question about Hand in Hand Vest... wends How-to Questions 6 07-20-2008 08:52 PM
Right hand and Left hand glove jtaylor3995@gmail.com How-to Questions 6 01-13-2008 08:36 PM
Right hand or left hand knitting???? Cleo How-to Questions 1 11-29-2006 06:00 PM
What to do with hand dyed, hand spun silk wool yarn? bpdowell How-to Questions 1 03-26-2006 09:31 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:52 AM.