Teach yourself to knit?

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

As a child I knitted little squares but now @ 61 yrs ready to p/u the needles again. I have #10 needles and some yarn. Any of you self taught?

New Port Richey, FL

I am, basically. I have some vague memory of some older woman showing me how to cast on, but no one in the family was a knitter, so I picked it up trial and error from pattern leaflets. Years ago I did the fancy lace stockings, Aran Islands and Intarsia. Over time, I got bored with knitting and obsessed with counted cross stitch art patterns, but as I recall, with a little bit of trial and error, and a leaflet with good diagrams and pictures, knitting wasn't hard to figure out. Good luck.

Helen

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

I'm self taught, though in my first year of university a neighbour took me aside and made me relearn to knit Continental style. Much easier to learn these days as there are both written instructions and some very good videos on the Internet. You'll find them if you Google "learn to knit" or "how to knit".

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

I assume most knitters, here anyway, knit continental style.

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

I've actually seen very few in the US (where I grew up) or Canada who knit continental style.

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

So the english style is the one?

Lafayette, NJ(Zone 6a)

I think that's how I knit. I can't get the hang of continental.

Ottawa, ON(Zone 5a)

There are a bunch of videos here - http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/learn-to-knit
Except for casting on you can choose to view Continental or regular style so you can see the difference. I vastly prefer Continental. It's more efficient and easier to get even results.

New Port Richey, FL

I always did the English method. No one I knew did Continental knitting, and all the instruction booklets fifty years ago were English style. I tried Continental a time or two, but I could never manage to purl without watching what I was doing, which irritated me, and I kept upping the tension inadvertently. I guess it's what you get used to, or are most comfortable with. If you come up with a way to get your gauge right, I don't think it matters how you get there.

Stephenville, TX(Zone 8a)

When my great aunt passed away while I was still in college many years ago, she left me her entire sets of knitting and crochet needles and yarns. No one else in the family knit and I hated to see all that go to waste and/or leave the family, so that was my motivation to learn.

I am self-taught and you can definitely tell, especially if I attempt something that absolutely requires a gauge! So I stick to afghans and scarves with interesting patterns to get my knitting fix and many organizations accept my knitted donations quite graciously!

I have no idea if I knit english or continental. Mostly I knit my way--which is pretty much whatever it takes to get the job done and what pleases me. I haven't really tackled teaching myself to crochet yet.

Longboat Key, FL(Zone 9b)



to do a gauge: simply knit a swatch 4"x4" measure over 2" count the stitches per inch. there you have the gage for the yarn you used and the size needles you used. convert this into the size of a back or front of the garment and you will know how many stitches to cast on. For instance 6 stitches per inch x 30" (front) = 180 stitches. That would be done with worsted weight yarn, done on a (Perhaps) #7 needle.
You change yarn or needle size need a new gauge for this project.

If you knit one stitch pulling thread through, from the back, for each stitch = continental
If you wrap yarn around needle for each stitch = english.

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

Thank you Helen. Are you the queen of knitting or a queen in general for all times and all needs?

Longboat Key, FL(Zone 9b)

that name is so funny. I am actually a very boring old lady. I am the queen of this house.

Had a business and one salesmen dubed me "SS helenethequeen" as I conducted business sitting outside in a lawnchair in back of the building on nice days.Love the outdoors. The Crux of the matter now is I am sun-sensitive- live in Fl. and cannot be outside
Been meaning to change it but too much trouble.

I did teach knitting after I retired in my house.

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

No no no! Once a Queen always a Queen. You could start 'knighting' or 'knitting' people from the inside of your home/palace.

Longboat Key, FL(Zone 9b)

LOL--- yes Laugh out Loud. Tha's all I can say.....

Longboat Key, FL(Zone 9b)

here is pattern that makes absolutely fun scarfs.

Using fairly large needles, cast on 150 stitches, Knit 1 row, increase in every stitch (300), knit 1 row, increase in every stitch (600), Knit 1 row and cast off. You can actually add one more row or start with a few more stitches.....

Fleming Island, FL(Zone 9a)

I taught myself to knit many years ago. My Mom & GM both crocheted as did I. Decided to make my Dad a vest for Christmas. He got it 4 years later and it was too large. I also made a vest for me, which I still have. It was just knit a few, purl a few, and on & on.
I much prefer crochet - or these days, just quilting. Although, I am pulling out some yarn from Mom's stash and plan to do that "trip around the world" pattern.

Mount Holly, NC(Zone 7b)

Quote from ViolaAnn :
There are a bunch of videos here - http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/learn-to-knit
Except for casting on you can choose to view Continental or regular style so you can see the difference. I vastly prefer Continental. It's more efficient and easier to get even results.


I taught myself Continental Knitting and Norwegian Purling. I can get better tension and my stitches look better with NP.

Longboat Key, FL(Zone 9b)

Norwegian is that where your yarn hangs around your neck to control tension? Or?

Longboat Key, FL(Zone 9b)

I knit continental and very convenient for lace knitting. A shawl from 'Folk Shawls" which I knitted. Exquisite

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Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

I just love hangin' w/ talented gals!

sydney (menai), Australia

If you'er looking for another easy practise pattern try this on for a teddy bear.
I have mentioned it in its own post. It uses only garter and cast on and off.
http://www.tightknitworld.net.au/KnittingPatterns/TraumaTeddyPattern.pdf

Huntsville, AL(Zone 7a)

Just enjoyed reading all the messages in this thread. I am a novice knitter trying to learn with help of internet and the book "Knitting For Dummies". I have been trying to find a pattern for a shrug to knit for myself and two granddaughters. The shrug hugs the body with long sleeves with cuffs but an open weave body. If anyone out there has seen such a garment would love to get pattern. I have been learning various stitches by making American Girl doll clothes for my granddaughters. It provides a smaller garment with endless choices of stitches. There are lots of free patterns on internet for dolls but caution that some are inaccurate or give very poor directions. Glad to share any patterns with all.

Lafayette, NJ(Zone 6a)

I would suggest joining Ravelry https://www.ravelry.com/account/login

One of the sections is patterns and you can search for whatever you want. If you find a free pattern that is on the ravelry site you can save it to your library for future reference. It is a wonderful feature. I find it great to see the projects that people have done for a pattern. It's neat to see how they used different yarn or made their own changes in the pattern. There is also a great section for yarn - again great to see what items people have made with certain yarns.

Huntsville, AL(Zone 7a)

Thanks Elsie. My sister told me about Ravelry and I just joined this week. So far I haven't found exactly what I have in mind but I may just have to adjust what I can find. Tonight while watching the Alabama/Florida football game I completed a poncho for a granddaughters doll for Christmas. I noticed Ravelry also has patterns for the American Girl doll so I know it will be a help. I'll try to post photos when I find what I am looking for with the shrug.

Lafayette, NJ(Zone 6a)

When you click on patterns click on knitting. Then scroll down a bit. You can see where you click to see more new patterns. when that opens you can fine tune your search. One of the things is shrugs. You can also just search patterns for shrugs. I noticed that people call a lot of things a shrug. good luck. You can also do a google search.

Spiro, OK(Zone 7a)

I also recommend knittinghelp.com - that's how I learned. It helps to see the stitches from the knitters POV. I also only knit on circulars now, even if I'm doing a straight back and forth - keeps my knitting easy to store (just slide everything to the cable in the middle) so my stitches don't fall off.

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