Knitters/Crocheters - where to start???
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Posted: 1/23/2013 4:44:43 PM
So, I'd like to get into knitting and crocheting. Where would you start? Do you have any links to free tutorials or free beginner patterns?

Eventually I'd like to work my way into small blankets, washcloths, mittens, hats and scarves.

I'm crafty but have never tackled these two crafts before and would love recommendations on ways to get started. I do have a woman at work that I could ask questions to if I get stuck but I don't want to take up her whole lunch break with my questions...

Thanks!

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Posted: 1/23/2013 5:10:14 PM
I run a large crochet message board community. Our site is currently down as we're upgrading forum software, but it should be up again tomorrow morning at the latest. You will have to register an account, but it's free.

Crochetville message board community: http://crochetville.com/community (You can chat with people who can answer questions for you.)

Crochetville free crochet pattern directory: http://crochetville.com/freecrochetpatterns (links to various free patterns)



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Posted: 1/23/2013 5:25:54 PM
Revelry is another great site. There is a ton of videos on you tube, I use them to find how to do different stitches.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 5:33:28 PM
I learned to knit from Teen Knit Cafe videos. If you search Vantha Sao on YouTube you can see the seven basic videos in order. Made for teens so its for true beginners.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 5:41:59 PM
I learned how to knit by using the "I taught myself to knit" book, by lion brand I think. There are also some really great YouTube videos to help you see what you're doing or in my case, not doing lol.


My granny taught me crochet but there are also some good videos and maybe a book similar to the knitting one if you're able to learn that way.

It's really easy once you get the hang of it.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:19:47 PM
There are lots of tutorials online as well as books. Your library might have a bunch of books on knitting. Do you have a Ms near you? They offer knitting classes sometimes. As do most yarn stores. Check with your community college or high school, whoever offers "life" classes. I often see knitting and crocheting offered.

Sometimes, at Ms or HL, with the yarn are these little free pamphlets/patterns. When I was looking to re-learn it, I found one of those that reminded me how to cast-on and cast off as well as knit and purl. That was enough for me to remind myself.



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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:25:44 PM
You Tube. There are a lot of videos. Sometimes it is easier to actually watch a stitch then try to interpret it in a book. And you can watch it over and over again until you get the hang of it.

At least that worked for me.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 6:47:14 PM
Knitting Help , Ravelry and youtube.

If you have trouble with something look for different videos and tutorials. Sometimes just a tiny little thing that one person does differently will work for you and make it click. You can always ask for specific help here too, and the Knitting Help forums and Ravelry.







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Posted: 1/24/2013 1:47:49 PM
Thank you so much, everyone! I'm excited to get started...hopefully this weekend I've have time to snoop through all the links and things you suggested! Can't wait to get started. A close friend's baby is due in August and she is always making other people gifts, I thought I would try to make her a blanket or something.

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Posted: 1/24/2013 2:01:32 PM
Crocheting was a bit easier for me to learn - my mom and grandmother taught me at about the age or 9 or 10 yrs old. I sold my first afghan to a patient in a nursing home my grandmother (a RN) worked at.

I'd say, get a G or H crochet hook, and some medium weight sports yard to practice with. Beginning loop and chain
This is how to start a beginning loop and a crochet chain stitch. There's two basic stitches in crochet that almost everything is based upon - a single crochet, and a double crochet. Most additional stitches are combinations of these two.

A single crochet stitch involves making a chain, or your "base" row, turning the work, placing your hook in one of the chain stitches, wrapping your yarn around your hook and pulling it through the first loop on your hook, wrapping again then pulling the yarn through the remaining loops on your hook, then repeat.

A double crochet stitch requires wrapping the yard over the hook before you place the hook in a previous stitch, then proceeding similarly to the single crochet stitch.

Lots of patterns and stitches are based from this simple beginning. A baby afghan isn't out of your possibility! You Tube is amazing help to get started, then you can go anywhere!

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Posted: 1/24/2013 2:07:08 PM
So if you were interested in both, is it better to start out learning crochet because then knitting is more intuitive ... or start with knitting because it makes crochet easier to get the hang of?

I'm determined to add one or the other to my list of "things I've learned" in 2013.

Julie



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Posted: 1/24/2013 3:55:11 PM
I'd vote crochet- it works up faster so you see results faster and stay motivated to keep with it.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 4:01:58 PM
I don't think knowing one or the other makes it any easier to learn the other. I think crochet is easier to learn since you only have to manipulate on hook, and it is definitely easier to to correct mistakes. You just pull out the yarn back to the mistake and start again. That part is much less intimidating than in knitting.

The learning curve in knitting is steeper, but in general I prefer the finished look of knitting for more things than crochet. It just depends on what types of things you want to make.

My best advice is learn both!







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Posted: 1/24/2013 6:06:44 PM
Well, that's my goal, but I tend to put it off on the logistics. So I'll start with crochet.

Thanks, everyone.

Julie



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Posted: 1/25/2013 5:12:39 AM
I learned to do both by using you tube videos. I started with knitting and then learned crochet. I have my own way of crocheting. I couldn't figure out how to hold my yarn differently than I hold it when I knit, so that's how I do it. It works for me.



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Posted: 1/25/2013 8:10:03 AM
I wish you a future with lots of yarn!

I was taught to crochet by my mom when I was 8. I'm still using the same crochet hook at age 44 and have completed MANY baby afghans and full sized afghans. I just bought yarn last night to try a lapghan (for retirement home citizens/wheelchair-bound citizens). I'm going to do a granny square rectangle for something different, and I can hardly wait to begin.

I have such great fears about where my crochet hook will end up when I'm dead, that I've requested it be buried with me. Every time I'm sick, I make sure my family knows where the hook is so that they won't have to search for it if I die. (Doesn't that sound macabre? We do have odd senses of humor in this family.)

Anyway, it has been a life-long love and has helped me while away many travel hours...and even lots of hours watching my kids play ball. I'm not a good uni-tasker, so I usually am crocheting while they play. It helps that I have a good pattern where I don't have to look down very often. I've often thought that if I lost my sight, I hope I retain the use of my fingers. As long as someone makes sure my yarn matches, I can crochet forever!

Are there any local crochet or knitting groups? There's one that meets at our local library once a month. Even if you're teaching yourself via youtube or print books, it's nice to have someone to trouble-shoot in person if needed. AND it's nice to share your projects with people who will appreciate your work.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 8:15:21 AM

Are there any local crochet or knitting groups? There's one that meets at our local library once a month. Even if you're teaching yourself via youtube or print books, it's nice to have someone to trouble-shoot in person if needed. AND it's nice to share your projects with people who will appreciate your work.


Check to see if there is a meetup.com group in your area. I just went to my first one this past week and it was wonderful. So many experienced knitters, and new knitters (and crocheters)


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Posted: 1/25/2013 8:31:41 AM
I had knitted a simple knit/purl scarf when I was 12 or so, but never could cast on.

I have been avoiding yet another craft....

This summer it was rainy during the week that my cousin & her family spend at their nearby cottage. So my cousin & I and her 2 dd went to the yarn store. They had a simple felting project all bundled up......

I did 2 that summer, got the book by Evie Rosen, "the all new Teach yourself to knit" book.

This fall, I signed up for a knitting class at the high school and knitted a big bag and felted it. My teacher was great and my classmates were very nice as well.

I finished that bag, started another, knitted 2 hats, and am on my second cowl.

I think I'm hooked.

One the hats was tricky and the lady at the local yarn store, LYS??, was very helpful and I spent over an hour there.

Cathy

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Are there any local crochet or knitting groups? There's one that meets at our local library once a month. Even if you're teaching yourself via youtube or print books, it's nice to have someone to trouble-shoot in person if needed. AND it's nice to share your projects with people who will appreciate your work.
Also check out your LYS for knitting/crochet nights. There are two LYSs here and each of them has a night of the week when they stay open later and have people come in to knit.

One of the stores is a block from where I work, so I would go in with some co-workers and knit over the lunch hour. There are some other ladies who do that also.

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Posted: 1/25/2013 8:41:38 AM

I'd vote crochet- it works up faster so you see results faster and stay motivated to keep with it.


This.
And avoid using plastic hooks or needles when you begin. They aren't as nice to work with and may discourage you.
Stick with metal until you are more comfortable or if you find you make tight stitches.


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