Learning to Knit
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I just have to bite the bullet and learn how to knit.
Seems like there's so many more cute patterns.
But this 'just-beginning-to-crochet-again-and-still-confused-with-afghan-patterns-and-maintaining-constant-tension' crocheter
is kinda intimidated by two needles.
The U-Tube videos are great and all, but surely there is some pattern that is forgiving of missed stitches and purls instead of knits.
I'd try a scarf, but we live in south Florida and surely my son in Denver would attempt to hide his laughter.
However, in the last six months have taken classes and made two crocheted afghans with matching pillows for his upcoming wedding. Yippee!!
Any suggestions for this hesitant wannabe knitter?
Stop fussing and just do it. Children know that they do not get things right first time. You think that with life experience adults would know that too. Practice makes perfect. Not doing something because you are frightened of making a mistake achieves nothing.
dishcloths ... small, functional, does not matter how they look
finished relatively quickly.
Start with dishcloths. Miss a few stitches, your dirty dishes will never tell, ha! ha!
Congratulations on attempting to "make the plunge" into knitting from crochet! Is it the fact of two needles (knit) or simply holding one in each hand? If the former, learning to knit Continental style or Portuguese method will at least keep the yarn in a similar if not the same position as when you crochet versus American or Flick which has you hold the yarn in your right hand. If you're concerned about losing one of the two needles, start by knitting with a circular needle (two short needles held together with a cable). If you drop one, it can't wind up inside the couch. If your concerns are other than above, you're in the right place for help and inspiration. I myself have taught and helped lots of people in my life to learn knit and crochet (in classrooms and just one-on-one in a home or office setting) and would love to attempt to help a new transitioner (not a word?). Most of us here respond well to private messages as well as answering new posts. . .
Make a small blanket to give to a pet shelter, they don’t care about mistakes, that will give you practice and then try a scarf.
In 2005, I was where you are now! As a crocheter, the continental method of knitting seemed more "natural" to me and that's the way I chose to learn/teach myself because you hold the working yarn just like you do to crochet!! Try that method! Plus, the continental method of knitting is supposed to be faster and easier on your hands. You work the stitches just past where the needles start to narrow, so NOT on the points. BTW, I knit with circular needles because they're as easy to carry around in your projects as crochet hooks and you don't have the weight of your project hanging onto the end of a long needle. Feel free to PM me if you'd like! Happy Knitting!!
I'm in Florida too, glad you are with us,
Boy, my phone is acting strange, sorry
Go for it. I crocheted all my life and just started to knit this year and love it. The right needles will make a world of difference as well. Try a few different types, wood, metal,plastic. Try straight and circulars. I love my Chiaogoo fixed circulars. I like wood straight needles when using cotton for wash cloths. And practice, practice and more practice. Good luck
Everybody beat me to it. Dishcloths are the answer. Grandma's favorite is the pattern. There are several variations of it. I keep making them and cannot make enough. I always think I am going to start selling them or amass a bunch to use for Christmas gifts. But everywhere I go, friends want one and I give them away. A nurse asked for the pattern, as she had lost the one her mother had. I had mine with me, she copied it. They are very popular items. MN
The great thing about yarn crafts is if you make a mistake, you can rip it out and do it again! Start with something small, like simple fingerless gloves. You could then knit a hat. If you knit something long like a scarf, you will likely get bored! If you have a Joann's near you, or a LYS, you will probably find knitting classes. Just don't sweat the small stuff...it's only sticks and string!
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Welcome to KP.
I agree with starting with Dishcloths, mistakes won't matter. They are still useable. I always start a beginner on Granny's favorite.
I agree with the others. Dishcloths are a great first project. I'd just do a square in garter stitch for the first one. Then move on to something slightly more complicated. You Tube can be your friend. I like Very Pink's videos, but there are lots out there so look until you find the instructor that works best for you.
If you are going to throw your yarn and it is the two needles which bothers you, relax. One needle does nothing but hold the stitches the other one does all the picking and pulling just like your hook. Just like your hook, the needle is going to go through the next stitch and pull up a loop, slide it off the holding needle onto the working needle and its done. Go after the next stitch.