Thank you. Have mostly self taught myself to knit. When my daughter wanted to learn to knit (after reading Debbie McCombers Shop on Blossom Street). We signed up for lessons, but the lady had to run her shop, answer her phone and help the others in the class. Very disappointed. My daughter has since taken a great class.
Recently I have joined a stitching group at the local college I knit a lot of small afghans and lap robes for the nursing homes in our area. A lady at church passes them out to residents with no family in the area.
You and others on this site have really encouraged me. Thanks so much.
I have self taught much of my knitting so take the easy way. I use the tail from casting on and a small crochet hook. Thread the tail through the last stitch on the needle and just tie a knot. Be careful no twists to ensure a perfect circle. Don't tie too tight or will ruin the last stitch.
I agree, if you are struggling like you say, your cable is too long.
Is there a formula for number of stitches cast on and length of cable? I would really love to have it! Sometimes I end up tearing everything out and starting over again on a different size.
I also use O'Keeffes cream, but rub small amount - little goes a long way - every night before bed, AFTER you finish knitting so you don't get it on your yarn. Use it every night until hands soft . I can do every other day now, but when cold, I go back to each evening. They also have a dry foot cream that's great too.
If it is not too much trouble, I would like to see page 228 crochet edgings and. 230 knitted afghan. If too hard, I'm good.
I learned to crochet from my Grandma. Learned to frog too. She wouldn't let me leave a missed stitch. She also taught me how to embroider. Said the back should look as good as the front. Again, pulled stitches not to her satisfaction. HOWEVER, i have beautiful embroidery work, and have won prizes. Owe to grandma!
I learned to knit at church when we were going to send stocking hats for an orphanage in Alaska. My friend taught me to knit Continental Style, 4 needles in the round. We had lots of time so those who agreed to make hats put it off then at the last minute brought the yarn back. Several others did do hats, but we were 35 short from the 80 needed. So in about3 weeks, I knitted 17 hats!
I didn't know how to turn so knitting with 2 needles needed more lessons. Still haven't tried cable stitch, need more lessons.
So glad you are preserving your book of patterns. And thanks for letting us know about them. Glad you have family to pass them on to. Be careful on the stairs. You don't want a broken or twisted anything at any age!
I found the pattern!!! I followed the trail from person to person and the hints they gave me! It isn't an afghan pattern, it is a scarf. Just keep knitting till it gets big enough and you have an afghan.
It is on Raverly.com
Search for: Jawbreaker Scarf
It looks very easy, which is what I am looking for. Trying to remodel and paint my whole house inside and really pooped out. Need to zone out and knit. Knitting is better than a chill pill.
Thanks to all for your help.
Wow, grew up in Spokane, graduated from Lewis and Clark. Didn't make it to our 50th (really that long? Can't be true!) but will be up in the summer to visit family.
I was looking for afghan patterns and one group of patterns was titled
" 11 Rainbow knitting patterns for beginners".
There is a picture of an afghan, pinks/purples in a lacy pattern I would love to knit. I looked on the site but couldn't find it. Does anyone have the pattern or know where I can find it ?
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.
PS, everyone on this site is so nice, new friends in the knitting world.
Has anyone tried Addi Turbo knitting needles? They are a circular needle and are amazing. They are a bit pricy but when you use them, you forget the price, especially when you are knitting an afghan. I knit faster, smoother and my hands don't get as tired. They come in all sizes and lengths. My daughter and I bought different sizes and share to keep costs down.
You can fly with knitting needles and seems no restriction on sizes, but no scissors last I heard. However, you can take a small knife, check on size. The Keychain Swiss Army knife has a "tiny" pair of scissors in it, check if approved.
Dishcloths are a small project, fit in a ziplock bag for easy transport. Personally, I like to knit baby blankets, different patterns, colors and again fairly easy to transport. I usually only have one skein out at a time, others in luggage. If I don't have a baby shower coming up, I use them as a lap afghan for small kids, or make a little larger to use myself. If I use fine yarn and smaller needles, takes up less room.
I also knit the continental style and find it difficult to get help as no one can figure out how I knit. Hope you have better luck.