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Old 03-24-2009, 11:17 PM   #1
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very new to knitting... where to start?
I have never learned to knit but i have always wanted to. I have a love affair with socks and my dream is to be able to knit my own dreamy wool socks. I was excited to find this site since it has videos but i dont know where to start. What size needles and what type of yarn should i use while learning all the beginning stuff?
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:21 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome!

Start with a worsted weight yarn (I liked using varigated multicolor yarn to start- it made it easier to tell what stitch was on what row, etc.) and size 8 or so needles. First learn to cast on, then the knit stitch. My first project (I hated the idea of just knitting useless swatches while learning or pulling everything out!) was a garter (knit every row) scarf. Once I learned to purl, I did a k3 p3 prayer shawl (and by the end of that, I was hooked!)

The videos here are great for learning. Once you have knitting and purling down: go here to learn your socks- http://www.cometosilver.com/socks/
She has very detailed pictures and explains everything so well!

Good luck & we're here for you!
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:05 AM   #3
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thanks! i will go to JoAnns and get some needles and yarn. I am super excited!
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:09 AM   #4
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I agree. Worsted weight yarn and size 8 needles or so. BTW.. get a PLAIN yarn..not boucle or furry. Those are hard to knit even for advanced knitters. You need a light, solid colored yarn.
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Old 03-25-2009, 12:20 AM   #5
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A light multicolored yarn works well too. When the colors change every few stitches you can see the stitches easily.
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Old 03-25-2009, 05:05 AM   #6
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Other than using a good easily-worked yarn, my advice is to always pick projects and fibers that you love. I've tried to learn to knit for literally decades, always using cheap yarn and cheap tools and projects that I wasn't all that crazy about but that people said were good beginner projects. Since that didn't take into account that I'm a tool and fiber snob and have been working professionally with textiles since I was 16, I just couldn't seem to get knitting under my belt. I've been disappointed by that all my life!

At the age of 49, I finally got the knack -- by using beautiful yarn and a design that was simple but that I loved.

YMMV, of course, and don't try something that's just too frustratingly hard at first unless you're absolutely in love with the project and have the patience to frog and re-knit a lot. But my advice is to always pick things that you love!
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Old 03-25-2009, 10:16 AM   #7
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I've heard from numerous places that there is a general order of learning projects, which makes complete sense to me. They are:

Scarf
Hat
Mittens
Socks
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i learned by doing dish cloths

http://www.groovy-mom.com/crafty/pat...ishcloth.shtml

they are pretty fast to knit up, and that way you arent discouraged by the length of time it is taking (like you might be with a scarf)

plus who cares if your dishcloth doesnt have even tension!
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It wasn't until I'd been knitting for about 30 years that I actually made a scarf or knit hat (I crocheted several hats), and I still haven't made a dishcloth or socks. My first real project was a bunny for a niece and the next was a sweater with cables. I simply had no interest in making any of those 'beginner projects' and 40 years ago, knit scarves weren't worn very much anyway.
So make what you want, you'll have a lot more incentive to learn and finish the project if it's something you really want to make.
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I simply had no interest in making any of those 'beginner projects'
Me neither! I'm glad people can make them, but knitting dishcloths would probably make me lose the will to live.
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