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Jun 2, 2013 10:33:58   #
Xstitchwoman
 
I have been doing the first two since I was 9. Knitting has only been a year and I'm struggling. Can't get my hands to get the motion down. Looking forward to learning more. Found this site thanks to a customer that had called into my work!!!
 
Jun 2, 2013 10:38:38   #
cathie02664 (a regular here)
 
Welcome, just take your time you will getthe hang of it,
Remember there is no exact way as long as you are comfortable and you get the results you want.
Enjoy
Jun 2, 2013 10:43:17   #
CathyG13
 
Xstitchwoman wrote:
I have been doing the first two since I was 9. Knitting has only been a year and I'm struggling. Can't get my hands to get the motion down. Looking forward to learning more. Found this site thanks to a customer that had called into my work!!!


Go online and check out the different styles of knitting. I struggled for years knitting in the English stlyle, with the yarn on my right hand. I discovered the Continental style through KP and love it. You hold the yarn in your left hand. You don't have to move your needles as much. Just a suggestion.
Welcome to KP and good luck with your knitting. You'll get plenty of fast answers here to any question if you're stuck on a pattern, have a question about a stitch or anything else!
:D
Jun 2, 2013 10:44:22   #
retiredR
 
Welcome from Erie,Pa.Don't give up your cross stitch. I do all three, not so much crochet, but do a lot of knitting and cross stitch.Uusally have one of each going on, give a little adversity. I learned to embroider and knit when I was a young girl,then when cross stitch came on the horizon I really got involved with that. I make cross stitch ornaments for my daughters and grandchildren every year. You will really enjoy this site. Everyone is so friendly, willing to help, and lots of good ideas. Rita
Jun 2, 2013 10:44:53   #
lndoyle
 
Have you looked at any YouTube videos of people knitting? That might help. Search for "learn to knit" demonstrations, perhaps. Most people just keep practicing until they get better and until the movements get smoother and more natural feeling.
Jun 2, 2013 10:47:19   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
Welcome! I do all that plus a little more! This site is a wonderful place to come and learn and share!
 
Jun 2, 2013 10:51:37   #
CJSil
 
I do all three also and knitting was the last one I learned. Have been knitting for two years now. I like you, struggled and almost gave up. I started watching YouTube videos and finally it all clicked. I ended up choosing the continental method. I started out holding the yarn with my right hand (American method) but the videos showed me how to hold it in my left hand (continental method) and I now love ths method. I had to watch several videos from different people before it made sence to me. Some people just train better than others. Good luck and keep knitting.
Jun 2, 2013 10:54:57   #
martina (a regular here)
 
All will work out with practice. Just relax when you are doing your knitting and you will get better and better.
Jun 2, 2013 11:34:55   #
fergablu2
 
martina wrote:
All will work out with practice. Just relax when you are doing your knitting and you will get better and better.


My advice exactly!

I crocheted for years before I taught myself to knit, and being right handed and used to holding the yarn in my left hand, knitting continental was perfect for me. I now love doing both knitting and crochet, and have been known to cross-stitch as well.
Jun 2, 2013 11:35:55   #
Xstitchwoman
 
Wow thank you everyone for the warm welcome and encouragement!
Jun 3, 2013 07:02:44   #
amamac
 
Welcome from Flemish Italy!

I have tried to change my sort of knitting but I always end up the 'old' way...
 
Jun 3, 2013 07:21:40   #
MEC
 
Having the same problem learning how to crochet.
Have been knitting and cross stitching for 50 yrs.
Never too late to learn.
Jun 3, 2013 08:14:25   #
his_rascal
 
Welcome from Missouri! :-) The knitting will all come together one of these days and you'll feel like you've been doing it forever! :thumbup:
Jun 3, 2013 10:37:53   #
OccasionallyKnotty
 
Hang in there. It's worth it. Explore different types of needles; metal, plastic, bamboo. You will find that the needle material makes a difference in the ease of stitching. I have all three materials (by even more than three companies) and find that a particular stitch/yarn just calls for a different needle. Or, arthritis dictates plastic or wood today.
Jun 3, 2013 19:49:39   #
Susabella
 
Hello and welcome from Florida.
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