Where did you learn?

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ttcbb1's picture
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Where did you learn?

Hello everyone,
I want to learn how to knit. But I don't know where to start. So my question is, where did you learn how to knit?

Thanks!
Melissa

Joined: 01/06/03
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I guess my mother :dontknow: I don't remember actually, but I do know I knit a pair of booties for my cousin when she was born and I was a few weeks away from turning 7 Smile My mother learnt at 3 and knit socks by 6. Crochet is my specialty though Wink

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Thank you for sharing! Smile

Melissa

Joined: 03/16/15
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I believe this is the site I watched to start trying to learn knit. I got the concept pretty quickly, but since it hurt I gave up and switched to crochet. http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips

Joined: 03/16/15
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Learned to knit from my grandma when I was a wee one, but I sucked and she refused to ever try and teach me again Lol My mom taught me crochet when I was younger, around 8 or so. I didn't do very well, so I stopped and picked it back up again after DS was born. Now, I do better then both my sister and mom who have been doing it for years. I had to reteach myself though, used Stitch n B*tch-Happy hooker and dummies guide to crochet as well. That's how I learned rounds Biggrin Love working rounds Lol So for me it was primarily book learning as I barely remembered what my mom taught me, so I read up on it. Didn't use much in the way of the internet, except to get patterns. I'm trying to learn to knit again, its not going so well Sad I really do suck at it, no coordination between the two hands and three things to hold.

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I learned to knit from my next-door neighbor when I was 12 y/o. I learned to crochet from my grandmother when I was around 7 y/o, I think. I'm not sure if knowing how to crochet helped me in learning to knit, though.

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I took classes at my local yarn store last January.

Janel

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My aunt and Grandma taught me to knit/crochet with out much success, then I took a class at a LYS and quickly caught on and havnt stopped since.

Joined: 10/21/03
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Learned from knittinghelp and learntoknit.com

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I learned from books...mostly this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Knitting-Baby-How-Knit-Instructions/dp/1584790873

But since then have also referred to the Stitch N' ***** books on occasion if I've forgotten something.

http://www.amazon.com/Stitch-N-*****-Knitters-Handbook/dp/0761128182/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1205644187&sr=1-1

(Thats a link to the first book)

Other good sources for learning, if you don't know someone specifically who can show you

Find a local yarn shop near you, traditionally owners take on teaching as well as selling, they are excellent resources. If you don't think you have one near you, you'd be surprised! Check the phone book or online to be sure.

Michaels' or similar large craft stores.

THe online websites mentioned above.

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I learned from www.knittinghelp.com...1 week ago!!!

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I learned from www.knittinghelp.com it's the best!

ttcbb1's picture
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Thank you everyone for sharing. This is my new goal this year. To learn to knit or crochet, I'm going to try both and see which one I like the most.

Melissa

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Another one who learned to knit from knittinghelp.com Smile Eventually I'd like to take a class to up my knitting to that 'next' level. Right now all my stuff looks homemade Blum 3 I'd like to get a more 'professional' look. I also have a few knitting books, most for patterns but I have the Knitter's Companion and that's really helped too.

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oh and I learned to crochet from my grandma when I was a little girl (7-8 or so, maybe younger) As much as I like it since I learned from her I don't have any of the crocheting lingo and cannot, for the life of me, follow a pattern. I thought about taking the time to actually learn but I like that my crocheting looks like grandmas Smile I don't think it would anymore if I learned to do it the 'right' way Lol

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I learned to knit through 4-H. And have started again recently. I was good at simple stitches like knit, purl, garter, stockinette and ribbing, but hadn't tried cables or lacy. I stumbled onto Cloth of the Week yahoo group where there is a weekly pattern and a Sunday live chat if you have questions. I've learned a lot in the last 5 or so months and actually did a cable cloth that WORKED!!!!

Also I've started a shoalwater shawl that is lace (made a note to not use a kid mohair the first time I try a technique also). There are pictures in my dropshots of it in process and some of the clothes as well if you're interested. http://pregnancy.dropshots.com/Jules_CommunityMgr

j

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I pretty much taught myself how to crochet, I found a really good book, wish I could find it right now or remember the name...The hardest thing for me was corners, it was a lot of trial and error with that. My mom tried to teach me years ago, but I really didn't pick it up from her. Someday I want to learn to knit too. I see so many cute patterns but I can make them cause I don't knit, it will change soon Smile