Complete newbie and ready to learn

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Complete newbie and ready to learn

My grandmother took me once to a knitting class, I was probably 10, and I remember learning to knit a chain, and then I kinda lost interest. Well now I really want to learn, I live in a really rural area, so there are not any classes, and I don't know anyone who knits, so I am going to have to rely on books or online info or videos to learn. So please tell me where to start, what I need to begin so I can start learning. (I have considered running an ad in the paper to see if anyone would be willing to teach me LOL)

My goal is to be able to make myself and my daughter matching scarves for the winter, or is that too ambitious??

TIA!!!

DaLLas'mommy's picture
Joined: 10/07/05
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Scarfs are a PERFECT beginner project!
I use youtube.com alot! You can really find some good videos on how to knit!
Does your area have craigslist? I would maybe run an ad there about finding someone to teach you. Try youtube first though!
Good luck!

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Joined: 05/24/06
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I suspect if you made a chain, what you actually learned was crochet? Just guessing.

Either way, both are fun! There are great tutorials out there on the internet! We are willing to help to if you ever have any questions.

Show us what you make!

Joined: 03/16/15
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"DaLLas'mommy" wrote:

Scarfs are a PERFECT beginner project!
I use youtube.com alot! You can really find some good videos on how to knit!
Does your area have craigslist? I would maybe run an ad there about finding someone to teach you. Try youtube first though!
Good luck!

Thanks, I hadn't even thought about youtube, I go there all the time for cake decorating ideas/help. Going to check it out now.

And it could have been crocheting, it just seemed like I remember having 2 needles.

Joined: 10/21/03
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youtube is good. also for knitting, learntoknit.com, and knittinghelp.com are both nice sites.

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Miranda,

I basically learned to knit using online videos. The videos on Michael's (the craft store) website were especially helpful to me, as were those on knittinghelp.com. I'm still a novice knitter, so by no means an expert. I find I'm much more able to follow the videos than any book I picked up.

a great beginner pattern and one of my first projects was the Grandmother's Favorite Dish Cloth.
http://majorknitter.typepad.com/photos/patterns/dishrag_and_magazine_photo.html
http://www.lakebreeze.org/knitting.htm

Same patterns -- different needle size. I've used 6 and 9 for them.

I like to use the Sugar'n Cream yarns like these - just makes it look more interesting
http://herrschners.com/products/sku-080065N__id-1682.html

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I love love love http://www.knittinghelp.com/. I know tomorrow I'm going to need to visit it for that goldurned kitchener stitch. I have also found this site to be very helpful: http://www.knittingatknoon.com/demos.html.

Oh, and this is my favorite tutorial about seaming (oh, how I hate seaming - can't I just pick up stitches???): http://www.knitty.com/issuespring04/mattress.html. You probably won't need this when just making scarves. But if you get to harder stuff, you probably will.

OK, that's all I have in my bookmarks. Blum 3

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I agree with past posters about you tube. I bought a book, and started that way, but I got hung up and frustrated when a picture wasn't very clear. I went to youtube to see if anyone had any videos up, and taught myself with help from what I found there.

I'm still new, I have not used triple crochet stitches yet, but I love the single and doubles and what I've made with them! Good luck, scarves are perfect and will work up quickly!