Post # 1
I need a new hobby and, with the long cold winter nights starting to draw in, knitting sounds great. I’ve always enjoyed repetitive tasks for winding down, so I think I’ve found the ideal relaxing pastime.
Are there any knitting Bees on here? I’d love to see your projects, hear about your trials and tribulations, and receive any recommendations for blogs, websites, Facebook or Insta pages.
I plan to start on a simple chunky knit, knit purl scarf for Darling Husband in graphite gray. My yarn and needles should arrive tomorrow or Friday!
Post # 2
I knit and crochet. I like crocheting better. I guess I like the one needle thing more. For knitting projects, I go on the lion brand yarn website and look for projects there. It ranks the difficulty of the projects, gives all the material you need (you don’t need to get their brand yarn), and stitches you need to know. I have made several projects from that website. For learning the stitches, go on youtube and watch videos. I have made baby blankets (people love getting them at baby showers), cowls, baby hats, scarves, and just simple things, really.
Post # 3
I taught myself how to knit (and crochet) about 5 years ago. I knit one simple scarf, then stopped knitting altogether in favor of crocheting. I just recently got back into knitting because I feel like it’s a better use for the nicer/more expensive yarn I’ve started buying (I stick with affordable acrylics for crochet because I tend to do larger projects like blankets).
The absolute best website I can recommend is Ravelry. There are a TON of really amazing patterns, for both knit and crochet, free and paid. It’s also got some awesome organizational tools, like a favorites list (you can “tag” patterns to organize them further), a queue to help you decide which pattern(s) to make next, project pages that you can use to track every single detail related to a project (what pattern, what yarn and how much, what needles/hook, etc.), and pages to track all the yarn, needles, and hooks you own. Plus there are forums and groups that put you in touch with other local Ravelry users. Seriously, I can spend hours on Ravelry!
Post # 4
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rendezvous89 : I love to knit. I have tried crochet but find that I like the over all look of knitted projects more. It just looks a bit more refined and finished to my eyes.
If you have not knitted before I would suggest that your first several peojects be scarves. Not because larger more intricate pieces will be beyond anyone but because it gives to time to even out your stitches. When you first start people tend to pull the yarn to taunt or let it lay loose. By doing a few simple scarves you will find your desired tension for creating a stitch that is smooth and even.
After that I would suggest trying an infinity scarf. Knitting in the round is just fun for me. I love watching taht loop of fabric form. From there branching out to more complex designs and patterns is simple a matter of finding good online tutorials and making a bunch of mistakes.
Hope that was helpful. Have fun!
Post # 5
I am a self taught knitter. I lost my job and someone recommend I give it a try. Learned everything I know from You Tube. My entire family got garter stitch scarves that Christmas, even the ones who live in Arizona 🙂 I’ve gotten much better. The yarn I use depends on the recipient – for good friends who have had babies, I splurge on some nice really soft cotton yarn.
I also like Ravelry, it’s such a good place to get free patters. I also really really like the free patterns on purlsoho.com.
Good luck and have fun!
Post # 6
I love knitting over crocheting personally. I also like to do knit/purl seed stitch. I really just do rectangles… aka scarves and blankets! Best to master that before moving on to patterns. It is absolutely addicting!
Post # 7
I love knitting. I had a friend show me the basics and went from there. You Tube is great for learning new stitches. I knit my daughter a blanket every year for Christmas. Here’s last year’s!
Post # 8
I love knitting, it’s calming and actually keeps me interested especially the more complex patterns. I second using ravelry. I also would recommend using youtube when you need to learn how to do stitches or anything really. If you have someone who can help get you started it’s always better to learn in person. Even if you don’t know anyone who knits to teach you, you can always stop by a local yarn store and they can often help 🙂
Post # 9
Ohh I love this thread!! I knit a large variety of projects, like scarves, shawls, cowls, hats, sweaters, blankets and socks. Your first project sounds like a great start!
Like PPs mentioned, I would definitely recommend Ravelry.com! Also, I really enjoy looking on KnitPicks (an online yarn store that also sells patterns and needles/tools), I really like their wool and alpaca yarns, and they have great sales. Purl Soho (yarn store in NYC) has a great website with projects and pictures to look at for inspiration.
Here are some photos of things I’ve made–
Post # 10
I just asked about new hobbies and everyone on here knits! Or almost LOL! I’m just starting out, too! My goal is an afghan and ridiculous dog hats. :-p
Post # 11
sarahbc13 : wow! I need to step up my game lol.
Post # 12
MrsBuesleBee : thanks! lol, the only problem with expanding the types of projects you knit is that then everyone you know will ask you to make them a sweater or something very time consuming!
Post # 13
MammaPants : I love this blanket! I’m due with a boy in March and would love to make a chevron baby blanket for him. Was that difficult?
I’m a mostly self-taught knitter (I technically learned to knit and purl as a kid, but didn’t really start knitting until my 20s). I learned mostly by picking a project I wanted to do then watching YouTube videos to learn whatever new skills I would need.
I taught myself Fair Isle knitting last winter and love to knit baa-ble hats:
Post # 14
annalise9 : It wasn’t difficult, but it took a long time because I only used my lunch break to work on it. It’s four repeating rows, mostly with yarn overs and knitting together. I will see if I can dig up the pattern.
Post # 15
I’m so impressed with all you clever knitting bees. I haven’t a clue but I’d like to knit purely to make this
I expect youd you’d spend about £500 in the actual yarn and surely the needles must be the size of a door?! But still. It’s makes me want to be able to do such crafty things.