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#1 of 12 Old 11-30-2003, 11:42 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I don't know anything about knitting excpet that I want to learn how to do it. So my question is can I teach myself how to do it?

If so what do I need to get started?

Thanks for any input
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You need a really good book, with good detailed pictures, NOT drawings, and a grandmother :LOL :LOL
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I taught myself with a kids knitting book from the library. I woudl suggest getting a kids book since the instructions tend to be simpler, some nice needles (I like wooden ones), and some fairly thick wool yarn.
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If you have a local yarn shop, they often have lessons or will help you with patterns if you buy your yarn there.

I like the "knitting for Dummies" book as a reference. Also Theresa at Little Tutle Knits has tech support with her patterns, and I know she's selling a learn to knit kit now with a beginner book.

I learned using these things- books, the yarn shop and Theresa's patterns/help.

Good luck! Once you start its hard to stop!

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Thank you all for your advice! There is ONE craft store in our town that I am pretty sure sells knitting supplies...they are closed today so I need to go there and see what I can find.

I am really excited about getting going on learning
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I learned all the basic stitches from this website...
http://www.stitchguide.com/stitches/knitting/index.html

It has videos you can watch that are just a few seconds long. I replayed them over and over, until I got the stitch. I did that for just about every stitch they have on there, and then I picked a pattern (the LTK longies) and started. When there was something I didn't know how to do, I either looked for a video on that site, or went to a local yarn shop for help. I did eventually buy a beginning knitting book, but the videos were really what got me started. I hope that helps! Have fun!

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Kid's Knitting by Melanie Falick is a great book.

The projects are fun and stuff you might actually like and the instructions are pretty basic. I learned to knit from that book.

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I bought Knitting Basics and I really like it. Before that I had a little Leisure Arts 'I Can't Believe I'm Knitting' booklet that i bought at Mike's. I have taken one beginners class at my LYS. That was to make sure I was learning correctly from the book.

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i learned to knit in norway on a circular needle, whic i highly recommend because you never have to pearl.

you just keep going forward. makes it seem so easy and you can concentrate on one skill at a time.

find a scandinavian to help you. they can all knit. even the men.

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find a scandinavian to help you. they can all knit. even the men.
:LOL That is SO funny. My family on my moms side is Sweedish and Norwegian, my grandma will get a kick out of this thread!

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I bought a packet of stuff... a book, needles, and some other things for knitting (stitch holder... things like that) called I Can't Believe I Taught Myself How to Knit. There is a crochet one as well. There is also a CD Rom series on teaching yourself... it is VERY good... I think it is done in conjunction with Red Heart yarn.

There are a lot of good instructional aids out there, and sometimes the best one is the local yarn store. I have a woman who is very helpful.

Good luck!
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I basically learned to knit and purl by getting a detailed instruction book and having my mother-in-law help me start. Since then, I have learned by asking questions of friends and knit shop owners, and by searching on the internet for detailed pictures and instructions of individual techniques as I came across them in patterns. You mentioned there being one craft store that sells knitting supplies; I'm not sure what type of store you mean, but I think to truly get help from a store you need to find a dedicated knit shop. Here is a link to stores in Colorado that sell Rowan, a yarn company that I happen to like a lot. Anywhere that sells this yarn will be able to help you learn. Most shops will give you help with any project for which you bought yarn at their store, and some nice ones will help you with other projects, too.

http://www.knitrowan.com/html/stocki...tes+of+America
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