(Closed) Any Knitters In The Hive?

posted 8 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
Bee
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden

I think that it is much easier to learn with another person, and probably much quicker!  I was taught by an 8-year-old.  She just went slowly and I copied her as she went – it was very helpful 🙂  Many times, if you go into a yarn store, there will be someone there willing to take a few minutes to get you started.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I learned to knit when I was a kid, and gave myself a refresher from books as an adult. I think it’s totally doable from a book — but it might be worth taking a class or two, to get your technique right which will save you time later on, trying to correct bad habits or where you’ve slightly misunderstood the book!

The third option is the ‘net — there are some really great videos demonstrating various stitches, etc, online.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

It’s definatly easier to scope out Pictures & Video’s online if you teach yourself. I learned the regular Knit stitch from my grandma and she tought me the pearl stitch also. But I often forget how to pearl so I end up just knitting everything. Hands on training from someone is much easier. But teaching yourself is doable.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

You don’t need a class.  Either find someone who knows how to show you or find online videos.  Youtube has great videos as do a few other sites.  The hardest part is casting on so I had to practice that a lot.  Start with just basic garter stitch.  Do a really long scarf.  It will get you used to the back and forth and build up your skill.  Some people tell you to start with a pot holder but I got so frustrated with how bad mine looked that I kept unraveling it.  Use big bulky yarn at first as it shows mistakes a lot less. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

i taught myself. i didn’t even use a book. i read tutorials though on how to cast on and off, but everything else in between was me. except when i experimented with cables. those were fun.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I’ve always wanted to learn how- definitely a post wedding project for when I have a little more free time!  I’ll be keeping an eye on this thread for any advice…

Post # 10
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420 posts
Helper bee

I’ve heard youtube is a good source for learning how to! My friend taught me and it took minutes to learn. Although the first  scarf i have started i made it way too wide and its driving me nuts! But it is still enjoyable. I was determined there was no way i could learn and now i think its pretty simple! (basic scarf -haven’t tried anything else yet!)

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I watched a video online and then got a book for different stitches.  I haven’t even pulled out my knitting yet this year.  I have had so much else going on!  I’m going to pull it out, now that you reminded me!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Oh man, I really want to knit. Michael’s has classes as well in case you don’t happen to have a crafty friend :o)

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

You can absolutely do it without classes. If you have a friend who can show you that would help but with all the books and online videos it isn’t really needed. I knew how as a child and then I just had to relearn a few things (Ie: remembering how to cast on and cast off…etc).

Here are a few videos:

My FH’s grandmother is an AMAZING knitter! She even has a knitting machine…makes me a bit envious 😉 I just know the basics but can’t wait to do more of this!

Good luck!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

also,

have you seen the looms avaliable? My aunt and cousins like these 🙂 I prefer the old fashioned way but this DOES go very quickly and easily!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2007

I learned how to do a lot of new knitting techniques from this site – it’s AMAZING for beginning and intermediate knitters!

http://www.knittinghelp.com/

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