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I feel so stupid. I got rid of (donated) ALL of my knitting gear before my last DS was born, some of which I was given, most of which I bought at thrift stores. Anyhow, I had tried knitting and it just felt unnatural (especially after crocheting) and VERY slow. So I gave up, and figured knitting did NOT work for me.<br><br>
Well, today, I happened upon a TV show on DIY about knitting, and they kept on saying that oh, this fiber artist is knitting in the "continental method"...well it looked SUPER EASY to me. It looked almost like crocheting with a knitting needle! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">: I was taught a completely different way, which seemed very complicated and unnatural to me.<br><br>
So, now I think I *could* learn how to knit VERY easily if I learned that method. I mean, the way the yarn is held, and the positions used were very similar to crochet, which I've been doing since I was 4!<br><br>
How can I learn to knit with this method? Of course now I have no needles to start with...sigh. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: Any suggestions on how/where to get started? I am also wondering if those who crocheted first thought this was a better method to use as well...<br><br>
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darn, i can't think of the name right now but there is a site with great knitting videos. i think if you google continental knitting video that should bring it up. if not, i'll check my links at home tonight.
 

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knitting help.com<br><br>
Continental usually comes more naturally to people who have experience crocheting because they already understand the concept of pulling the loop through the current stitch. It's a shame that you weren't offered both methods when you were learning.<br><br>
Good luck- I'm glad you are willing to give it another go- I think you'll like it!
 

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It took me three tries with knitting before I really got into it.<br><br>
You don't have to knit tho, you could felt, or sew, or do a zillion other things. It's okay not to like it!
 

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Continental usually comes more naturally to people who have experience crocheting because they already understand the concept of pulling the loop through the current stitch. It's a shame that you weren't offered both methods when you were learning.<br><br>
Good luck- I'm glad you are willing to give it another go- I think you'll like it!</div>
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Well, I looked at the website...and it says that often people who are experienced crocheters find the continental method the way to go. Also, the continental method is VERY quick in comparison. Of course, that was one reason why I found the other method so frustrating, it was so slow! And, I am a little mad <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: that the people who taught me didn't know this because they taught me at a crocheter's guild meeting...so it's not like they didn't all crochet! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Maybe they all learned to knit first.<br><br>
Thanks for the website, I looked at it briefly and yep it looks almost just like crocheting (without an actual hook LOL). Why coudn't you have a hook <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">? I do have some afghan crochet hooks...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">, probably as close to knitting needles as I get <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: .<br><br>
But, of course, the reason I feel stupid is that I had really accumulated some really nice knitting gear (I am a garage saler/thrift sale person). I probably only spent $15-20 or so accumulating gear, but it was easy for me to do it back then as I bought all of that before I had kids (and I lived in a county where thrift stores were EVERYWHERE)! Just don't have time anymore. Sigh.
 

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But, of course, the reason I feel stupid is that I had really accumulated some really nice knitting gear (I am a garage saler/thrift sale person). I probably only spent $15-20 or so accumulating gear, but it was easy for me to do it back then as I bought all of that before I had kids (and I lived in a county where thrift stores were EVERYWHERE)! Just don't have time anymore. Sigh.</div>
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I'm a huge ebay fan for knitting notions -- sets of 10-15 different sizes for very good prices, IMO, usually for reasonable shipping. (Don't buy from someone shipping from outside the US, if you are in the US, though -- takes forever and is really spendy.) I've gotten a great set of DPNs ($15), 16, 24, and 31" circs (~$50 for all three sets, incl. shipping), and some Clover 36" circs. I got a set of straight needles from Ebay as well, but I don't htink those were as good a deal, and they are not as smooth as the other needles I've gotten. PM me if you want recommendations for sellers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
That's probably best reserved for a bit later, though, if you decide you do want to hop on the knitting bandwagon for sure.
 

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knittinghelp.com is a great reference site! I've found that most people who see me knitting do not knit contintental so they always ask me questions -- especially about how fast I knit, and I've only been knitting for under 6 months.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">knittinghelp.com is a great reference site! I've found that most people who see me knitting do not knit contintental so they always ask me questions -- especially about how fast I knit, and I've only been knitting for under 6 months.</div>
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So you knit continental then too...I read it is SUPER quick! I think that I will have to go and start trying to knit again as soon as I get some needles <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: .
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm a huge ebay fan for knitting notions -- sets of 10-15 different sizes for very good prices, IMO, usually for reasonable shipping. (Don't buy from someone shipping from outside the US, if you are in the US, though -- takes forever and is really spendy.) I've gotten a great set of DPNs ($15), 16, 24, and 31" circs (~$50 for all three sets, incl. shipping), and some Clover 36" circs. I got a set of straight needles from Ebay as well, but I don't htink those were as good a deal, and they are not as smooth as the other needles I've gotten. PM me if you want recommendations for sellers <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
That's probably best reserved for a bit later, though, if you decide you do want to hop on the knitting bandwagon for sure.</div>
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UGH, I seriously debated selling my stuff on ebay, but at the time DH said I should just donate as it was so much easier and they weren't selling for a lot on ebay anyhow. Well, I probably had 5 or 6 circular needles in there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> . Now, of course, I don't even really know how to use those/why people use those, but I would take anything at this point...sigh. I guess I'll be asking around to see if any friends have a set I could use just to try to learn/practice. I don't want to buy anything more than just the basics at this point...last time I just bought TOO much I didn't really need. I would have done better just getting a few quality ones.
 

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Are afghan hooks like Tunisian ones? I think they'd work for knitting.<br><br>
The reason most people knit English style is because it's far easier to teach to a child, and since most of us learnt as children, that's what we were taught.
 

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You might also consider loom knitting.<br><br>
I started knitting as a child, took up crochet in high school and prefered it b/c it was intuitive. I recently took up loom knitting and it is very intuitive as well, and uses a very similar skill set to crochet.
 

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continental rocks. I unknowingly tried to teach myself English, but ended up doing continental<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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It does take time to get fast at continental, though. It's like everything else, it needs practice.<br>
What you'll probably find is that going back to it, you'll remember a lot of the stuff you learnt before, and the motions seem familiar anyhow.
 

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I usually tell people that after you get past the point where you want to pull all your hair out, from messing up/frogging/re-doing/etc- then you should last<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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