I want to learn how to knit or crochet..where do I start?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@sweetchiquita12:  I watched YouTube videos to learn how to knit. I learned the basics, and then went to various shops to learn more.

If you’re in Toronto, there is the Knit Cafe that is just lovely. You can go in, grab a tea, and there will always be some ladies knitting who are more than willing to teach you!

Post # 4
1581 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@sweetchiquita12:  Knitting is so relaxing! I love it.

For me, I really had to have someone sit down and teach me the basics of knitting. Looking at videos didn’t make any sense until I had already gotten the basic knit stitch down; then I was able to look at tutorials for everything else. I’ve taught a few friends how to knit, but even then it seemed to be one of those things that you really need to see and “do” to learn the basics of; then it makes sense and you can figure the rest out on your own 🙂

Post # 7
3635 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Check out craftsy.com – they have online classes.  A lot of yarn shops have classes or just get-togethers where you can go to work on projects and people will be glad to help you with stuff. 

I’d teach you to crochet if you were closer – it’s super easy to learn the basics!  I taught myself from there by looking up individual stitches that I needed for patterns on youtube, etc.

Post # 9
2209 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Go take a class at the place letigre:  mentioned!  Being taught in person and having the ability to ask questions is so much better than watching YouTube videos.

Knitters love to share their knowledge.  🙂

Post # 10
5815 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I tried to learn how to knit–books, video, friends–just couldnt figure it out.

But crocheting was so easy to learn. I bought a Klutz How to Crochet book for kids. I highly recommend the Klutz series whenever you are trying to learn a new skill. It’s written for kids and usually has great pictures.

Good Luck!

Post # 11
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I learned using the Stitch and Bitch book.  I think it’s the best knitting instructional book out there.  I honestly wouldn’t bother with crochet.  If you learn to crochet, it’s all you’ll want to do because it’s easy, and you’ll never get to knitting.

Post # 12
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I took a class at my local Joann Fabrics and it was really helpful. I tried to learn from watching youtube but I needed someone to help walk me through the steps. Happy knitting!

Post # 13
3047 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@sweetchiquita12: I could teach you! I’m just learning how to knit but I’m pretty good at crocheting (did a ton for my wedding and I’ve made lots of little baby booties that I’ve sold for charity). So if you’re ever in Toronto I wouldn’t mind meeting up with you and show you some of the awesome yarn shops. Then I could show you the basics over a cup of tea at Starbucks. If you think that’s totally freaky (I’m a house swap/take in Christmas orphans type of person that loves to help strangers, but I get it if not everyone are comfortable with that!), you can take a class at the knitting café, but I’m fairly sure you would have to pay for that.

Oh, and Romni Wools is a great place to go for supplies! That hasn’t been mentioned in this thread as far as I could see and it’s really a wonderful place for material. Best I’ve been to so far in Toronto.

Post # 14
6632 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Definately take a class, though I couldn’t figure out knitting. I am also left handed so just an FYI classes are taught for right handed person’s!

For crocheting my mom taught me but she is also left handed so that helped. 

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