PLEASE help!!

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PLEASE help!!

Yay, a board for knitters!!!! Biggrin Here's my dilemma - I am now unemployed, with a good 4 months of pregnancy before me. I am already bored, so I decided I needed a useful hobby. I have always wanted to learn how to knit, and I figure I can make hats and booties for the baby (who will be born in late October). So, my question is, what websites out there can effectively teach me the basics (something with video or real pictures would be awesome, as opposed to diagrams)? And what should my first project be? We have no knitting meet-ups in our town, which is really tiny. Thank you sooo much ladies! Biggrin

mandi04's picture
Joined: 08/10/03
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This is the site I used to learn http://www.knittinghelp.com/
I haven't done much yet, things like scarves are good first projects to get your stitches down. I don't have much time for knitting anymore though. I've heard booties/socks are some of the most difficult, but can't speak from experience

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Joined: 07/28/04
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I second Mandi's website. I have a learn to knit booklet at home that is helpful to see the stitches on paper, so I could refer to them while knitting (unless you knit in front of the computer, printed is easier). It was less than $10. You can also download stuff from the internet and print them.

I checked this book out from the library, it was good
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Finzmom4's picture
Joined: 04/28/02
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knittinghelp.com was also very helpful to me

Michael's has a few beginner videos on their site as well. I found them to be very helpful. Michaels also offers beginner classes if you have one near by.

Good luck!!

Joined: 03/16/15
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knittinghelp is what I was going to recommend, too. Good luck!

Joined: 09/26/03
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Good luck! I use a LOT of baby sock patterns this year for the 9 ladies I know who are due from July until November. here are a few links to pieces I've knit lately for babies:
http://www.p2designs.com/pdfs/ptn-SoxBasicBaby.pdf
http://www.ptyarn.com/fraternaltwins.html
http://dogsstealyarn.com/yoda.htm
And just so you know, knitting in the round on DPNs or Magic Loop is NOT as scary as it sounds once you get the hang of knitting!

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Joined: 11/29/06
Posts: 1462

I just got a $5 book from the store and used my imagination. There's lots of stuff online if you look around. So many people learn differently that I don't know what would be useful to you.

I personally like The Knittig Fiend's "how to" site:

http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/lu-how_to_hk.php

She sometimes has little videos, detailed explanations of a zillion stitches, and many pictures.

My first knitting I did with small needles with big yarn. It came out super tight, as a thneed - one of those things that everyone needs (whatever it is). So it's a potholder/placemat/cloth. Nice colours though! I recommend something really easy but functional like a placemat or hotplate just so you can get used to knit and purl stitches, casting on, and casting off.

Have fun!

Joined: 08/14/03
Posts: 162

Hi Sandy....nice to see you!!!!

When I started again I found a pamphlet from Bernat that showed how to do the stitches. It was free so it might be on their website to download.

www.bernat.com

good luck..they also have a really easy bootie pattern that I have made a few times.

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Joined: 08/10/03
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I know this is an old post but I really like this site as well, I use it whenever I come upon a stitch I'm not sure of
http://www.knittingwisdom.com/stitches/stitch-gallery.htm#StitchGalleryE

Joined: 03/16/15
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Also some of the magazina and store sites have helpful links and blogs. As an example:

www.knitpicks.com then the link knittingroom
www.knitingdaily.com

and then you can get books at several printing press of magazines that show the how to best and i believe there are some videos/DVDs as well offered.

loveya

PS it is a fun hobby, when i had bedrest with DD#2 i really learned to hon my knitting skills and learned to piece quilts by hand as well. One does need variety:shock: Biggrin

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Joined: 04/28/02
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It would be great if we could post these links up top in a permanent sticky. I'd love to be able to refer back to them!!