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I know absolutely nobody that knows how to knit, but want to give it a go.  Whats the best book/method/way to teach yourself if you really  have to do it all by yourself?


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find a LYS and ask if they either have begining knitting classes or open knit night.

 

I learned from friends who own a yarn store.


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knittinghelp.com taught me.  :)  I also got the Stitch and Bitch book to use for when I am away from the computer.  It doesn't have everything that knittinghelp.com does but it was enough to be a good reminder if I was stuck on something.


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I got a cheap kit from Joanns and learned the basic stitches but everything else has pretty much been from that site.

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think i may buy some goodies this week to try!  wish me luck!


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I learned mainly from knittinghelp.com as well! Her close up videos and short instructions worked really well for me. I also took some books out of the library, although I don't remember any one in particular. Just having pictures and illustrations around was helpful.

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knittinghelp.com and Knitting for Dummies, which is a nice comprehensive primer.


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I learn best in person, so the first time I learned from a friend, but then I forgot how to cast on, so I learned that by watching videos online (don't remember where, I just looked until I found one that I could follow).

 

I'm still very much a beginner.


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I also used knittinghelp.com and still do if I come across something new or that I can't remember!


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knittinghelp.com taught me.  :)  I also got the Stitch and Bitch book to use for when I am away from the computer.  It doesn't have everything that knittinghelp.com does but it was enough to be a good reminder if I was stuck on something.


 

This is exactly how I learned also (including the Stitch n' Bitch book)


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 KnittingHelp.com  and still refer back to it when stuck with something or forget something.


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All suggestions above but also books from local library. Look for books in the Children's section. They seem to have better, simpler instructions. 
One friend learned from the Klutz book that had knitting for kids.

 

Many local libraries have weekly knitting groups too. Ask around.


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Maggie Righetti's Knitting in Plain English. I think I have her name spelled wrong, but that's definitely the title. I lent it to another MDC mama years ago, and never asked for it back, but it was my best starting-out book.

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Stitch N Bitch. I had never even held a knitting needle in my hand before and that book got me started.


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All suggestions above but also books from local library. Look for books in the Children's section. They seem to have better, simpler instructions. 
One friend learned from the Klutz book that had knitting for kids.

 

Many local libraries have weekly knitting groups too. Ask around.


Kids books are the way to go!  i had just quit smoking and my Mom sent me a big box of nasty acryllic yarn - i used my 6 yo daughters book 'intro to knitting'  to learn all the stitches , i made a trapezoid blanket...lol - but i still dont smoke and now i can work on far more complex projects!


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I learned to knit before the internet was around and knitting wasn't even very popular at that time. I bought a little book called "Teach Yourself to Knit" and figured things out by following the pictures and instructions.

 

Finding a yarn store and asking about classes is a great way to go. There are several websites that can give you video instruction and YouTube is a great resource too.

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Well, a lady from church taught me how to knit with knitting needles, as well as how to use a knitting loom.  It was good to have someone working with me one-on-one, because I could grasp the idea better.

 

After I got some of the basics down, I found that the knitting books designed for kids were another good way to help me with basic patterns and stitches.  These three books are at JoAnns Crafts and on Amazon.com and they helped me a lot:

 

I Can Knit! (Annie's Attic book)

Kids Knitting (I don't know the publisher of this book)

Teach Me to Knit (Leisure Arts book)

 

They also make DVD's for kids that help them learn how to knit.  Even though you are not a kid, this might help too.  Have fun!  Let us know how its going.

 

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knittinghelp.com videos.  I had very very little instruction when I started 5 years and am mostly self-taught other than the basic knit and purl stitch.  videos online and the book "stitch n bitch" were ESSENTIAL in teaching myself.


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I also used knittinghelp.com. The videos are short enough that you can hit replay as many times as you need to so that you can get through a stitch.

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Another Stitch-N-Bitch fan here!  Also, I love Knitwitch


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