best way to learn how to knit?

Tananda - posted on 07/13/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Looking for a easy free way to learn how to knit. I am dense and will need visuals.
I can single crochet and have taught myself how to make just about anything from that, but have no idea how to read patterns. any tips for reading patterns or learning how to knit, actually?
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Serene - posted on 01/30/2010

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Youtube!!



I went from no clue to completing complex patterns in a couple fo weeks via Youtube. For Crochet, I recommend TJW1963's clips (just search them), but Knitting, just search for tutorials. THeres heaps of really good ones, but make sure you select them for left or right handedness, and that you get ones where the camera is looking at the hands from the shoulder position (as if looking at your OWN hands) or they are useless. GOod luck!

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2010

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There is a website: www.knittinghelp.com

The lady on the site does step by step video of all sorts of different stitch patterns, types, and methods. I have learned continental, american, how to make socks, double knitting, and so much more. I LOVE THAT SITE!

Sarah - posted on 01/08/2010

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Hi Tananda! I taught myself how to knit nearly 8 years ago using 2 inexpensive books at a craft store. They are called "Learn How To Knit In One Day" and "I Can't Believe I'm Knitting". I really needed both because one was very basic and the other was a bit more detailed which filled in the missing blanks. They have excellent step by step visual and written instructions plus an index on what all the abbreviations and terms mean. I know it's not free but the books were probably around $5 each when I bought them and I saw both of them recently while perusing the knitting, sewing and quilting books at a local craft store. Good Luck!

Angelique - posted on 01/03/2010

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I agree with Julie! YouTube is your friend when learning how to knit, crochet or do Tunisian crochet (which is perfect for making quick afghans for babies and makes use of that REALLY LONG crochet hook!).

Sarah - posted on 08/13/2009

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about.com and diynetwork.com also have very helpful videos on how to knit. I taught myself to knit about 3 years ago using The Complete Idiot's guide to Knitting and Crocheting. It's an easy to follow, illustrated book and I still use it for reference.

Stacy - posted on 07/31/2009

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Try visiting a knitting group. The one I attend is very friendly, and I have been offered knitting lessons (I crochet), which I plan to take up once I finish up some crochet projects.

Kearsten - posted on 07/23/2009

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How about looking up videos on youtube? I've learned loads of crochet stitches on there (if you'd like new crochet stitches, look up tjw1963...she's great!).It's really not difficult though, once you get the hang of it. I'm about to start teaching my DD who is 6 how to do some crocheting...I think she's big enough to start learning! Good luck!

Julie - posted on 07/17/2009

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Its sooooooooo easy. I just taught my 8 year old. Try going on youtube for video instuctions. and Practice makes perfect.

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