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28 May 2010 @ 08:11 pm
New here and thought I'd say hi. Started knitting about three weeks ago (taught myself by watching the little videos at knittinghelp.com) and have, so far, made three scarves, a cat blanket, six dish cloths and a pot holder thingie (not really a holder, more to place hot pots onto on the counter) and am working on an actual blanket (my first attempt using circular needles) right now.

I have noticed, sadly, that I am a visual learner and that my brain is apparently incapable of understanding patterns. Though this didn't stop me from buying two knitting pattern books (one to make toys and one just for garter stitch patterns). :P So I haven't knitted anything that I haven't seen a video of. I'd like to learn to knit other things, like mitts and slippers and hats, but I haven't been able to find videos that show step by step, start to finish, how to do any of those things (without being complicated - not quite ready to knit with several needles yet *g*) and I'm wondering if anyone knows of any videos like that? I know youtube has lots of videos but, as I said, I haven't managed to find any that aren't either too complicated or are already halfway through the project in the video.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated. :)
Robyn: yarnmagickaldreamer on May 28th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)
Knitting Help has, as the first two videos on the page I linked to, examples of different methods to circular knitting (with circular needles and with DPNs), both of which can be used to make a simple hat, with a little math (gauge and decrease calculations). You could combine the math of a pattern with the techniques from the videos.
ForCryinOutLoudforcryinoutloud on May 29th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
*laughs* I think you're giving me too much credit. ;) *g* I did look at the videos on the site with circular needles though. Just...yeah. I need something a little more detailed.
Holliemshollie on May 29th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
Wow! You're pretty prolific for someone who's knitted only three weeks! Aren't the knittinghelp.com videos great? I refer to them when I want to learn a new technique or am stuck on an old one.

I'm looking to work on a bag for my new netbook, but I don't know whether to knit, crochet or use another technique. I'm still throwing around ideas.

Happy knitting!
ForCryinOutLoudforcryinoutloud on May 29th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
*laughs* I tend to be very set on something once I start it. *g* I'm a nanny to two kids so knitting is fantastic when they're sleeping, outside playing or watching a movie.

Cool! I haven't learned to do anything but straight stuff yet. :P And I tried crocheting but it was...awful. *laughs* I think my brain is much more suited to knitting. ;)

Thank you!
nimbrethil on May 30th, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
I know quite a lot of people who do both or tried learning both and stuck with crochet, who insist that crochet is easier on the basis that only one hook is involved. I haven't found that to be the case, though; I can't do anything beyond a basic chain stitch, and I find that bloody difficult. I'll take knitting with two needles over crocheting with one hook any day.
arualannearualanne on June 1st, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
I do both. I am finding that I like knitting for the little fiddly bits and that for big stuff like blankets Crochet is the way to go for me. I am much faster with a hook than with needles as well. I am getting better with the needles though and it is nice to have a smoother fabric when finished.
ForCryinOutLoudforcryinoutloud on June 3rd, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
I wanted to do blankets, which is why I tried crochet, but everything just looked jumbled and messy so I'm in the process of doing my first blanket on circular needles. Very monotonous and time consuming but it's starting to actually look like a blanket! *G*
arualannearualanne on June 4th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
It really depends on the type of fabric you want as the outcome. With Crochet everything is knots more or less and thus even with a single stitch and nothing but that stitch the fabric is thick and bumpy, but generally warm. With knitting it is more like a weaving than knotting and thus the fabric is smoother and not as thick, but generally dense and warm depending on the weight of the yarn and type used.

I like afghans and so that is what I generally make where blankets are concerned, I have made two granny square afghans for example. I like how quickly the squares go and how they are kinda lacy, in a bulky way in the worsted weight. I haven't tried a blanket with knit yet as the bigger projects for knit start to bore me and the weight of all the yarn seems to be distributed differently and thus my hands aren't used to it when making bigger projects.

I do find though that knitting is growing on me the more I work with it and understand it better. I started crochet when I was like six or seven as my mom taught me. I didn't learn to knit until I went to college and decided to teach myself, so there is definitely a learning curve, but now that I am starting to understand it I find that there are more similarities than I first thought.
ForCryinOutLoudforcryinoutloud on June 4th, 2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
My grandmother, great grandmother and mother all used to/can crochet. We had lots of nice warm afghans from them when I was growing up. I don't mind the bumpy aspect, I actually like that look, but when I tried crocheting the problem was that everything jumbled together so that after a very short time I couldn't actually tell where the loops/holes were that I was supposed to go into next anymore. :P I imagine it'd probably become easier with practice but for me, the one hook actually ended up being cumbersome and confusing as I tried to figure out which hand I was supposed to be holding it with and which felt more comfortable etc. *g*

Knitting the blanket definitely gets boring after a while. I tend to do it when I'm watching a movie or something so that it's not quite so monotonous but man, when I check my progress and see I've only managed to add like an inch to the blanket in all that time, it's rather disappointing. :P Ten times a day I consider making my blanket into a large shawl. :P Or maybe a large baby's blanket. *g* Then I keep knitting and tell myself that in the end it'll be worth it. *crosses fingers* ;)

I really wish my mother, grandmother and great grandmother had taught us how to crochet, knit and quilt when we were kids because it's such a wonderful talent to have. Teaching myself to knit in my thirties is definitely a disadvantage as I'm so set in my ways now. ;) It's like my brain is laughing at me saying '*snort* what, you think there's actually any more room up here for that?' :P But hopefully, before I hit forty, I'll have gotten this knitting thing down. *grins*
ForCryinOutLoudforcryinoutloud on June 3rd, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
I managed the chain fine, it was doing the next part that I sucked at. :P Everything just looked like a balled up mess. I like knitting because everything is so much flatter and easier to manipulate (for me anyway).
arualannearualanne on June 4th, 2010 02:23 pm (UTC)
when doing blankets the first couple of rows I would say till you have about six inches of blanket done tend to curl and be a little wavy at first. The weight of the object eventually straightens it all out.
nimbrethil on May 30th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
Socks make a good intro to DPNs and knitting in the round.
Meant to add in my previous comment that I just learned how to knit socks using double point needles. I know how scary it can look, but it's surprisingly easy. It can get tedious, but it's not at all difficult once you have the basics of knitting and purling down. With a really basic pattern, the only thing I did that I wasn't already familiar with was picking up stitches. That was a little weird and it's easy to get the spacing wonky, but it's not difficult at all. There's really only two challenges: making the first stitch that "joins" your work in the round, and keeping your tension tight between needles to avoid ladders. But I'll leave you to figure out what all that's about when you get to DPNs. =P
ForCryinOutLoudforcryinoutloud on June 3rd, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Socks make a good intro to DPNs and knitting in the round.
*laughs* Yeah, the whole picking up stitches thing is pretty intimidating. :P I have used double point needles (they're the first needles I knit on) to make my first three scarves, but I haven't gotten purling down yet so I think it'll be a while before I feel comfortable enough to try the whole picking up stitches thing. *G*
marilynsgirl on May 29th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Wow! You are off to a great start! I, too, learn better by seeing a technique done. However, I don't always like the videos that are out. I can't ask questions! So, classes have been the most helpful, and my knitting group is great.

Keep going!
ForCryinOutLoudforcryinoutloud on May 29th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks. *G*

I wish there were knitting classes around here - I live in a small rural community in Eastern Canada. The closest place I'd find a knitting class is about a four hour drive away. *g* And yeah, not being able to ask questions is definitely the down side to the videos. For the time being I'll have to keep myself occupied with the dishcloths, scarves and blankets. *grins* Thought the blanket is just about killing me with the monotony. :P
Steffirecat on May 30th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
You might try Knitty.com and YouTube for knitting videos.

I needed a combination of books with diagrams, videos, and personal assistance to learn knitting, and it took a while.

There was a lot of stuff I wasn't able to "see" in my knitted fabric until I had more knitting experience, and then gradually I began to be able to read the fabric and understand the patterns.
ForCryinOutLoudforcryinoutloud on June 3rd, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :) I've been checking out youtube and there are videos, just not the start to finish type that I'd need for something like mitts, slippers or a hat. :P And I do have knitty.com bookmarked. *g*

I did look at books with diagrams but they just don't make sense to me.

I'm hoping that will happen for me. So far I've just been sticking to a very basic stitch. :P Once I feel totally comfortable with that I'll move on to the purl and then go from there.
nimbrethil on May 30th, 2010 06:04 am (UTC)
Wow, three weeks and you've completed a dozen projects already?! Congrats! I've always known this about myself, but learning to knit really drove home that I'm a learn-by-example type. I received some knitting needles last June, and struggled to learn just the knit stitch, and it took me forever. After watching a zillion videos from the various knitting websites, and countless youtubes, I was about to give up out of frustration. I had the general idea of what I was supposed to do, but couldn't work out the physical part of actually managing to DO it. This past January, I finally found an instructor who guided me through the knit stitch, and later the purl. That's all it took; I can watch all the videos and examine all the color diagrams in the world, and it's just not going to matter until I have someone walk me through the process in-person. Now that I've got the basics, I'm zipping through stuff like there's no tomorrow. It just...took me almost a year to get to this point, lol. And I've got a LOT of projects in the works, but only a couple that I've completed right down to the binding off bit.

So I don't really have much to suggest, but just wanted to say congrats on what you've accomplished in a scant three weeks!
ForCryinOutLoudforcryinoutloud on June 3rd, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Thank you. *G*

Everything is very, very basic. All done with the knit stitch (except for one dishcloth where I tried doing the purl but it actually hurt my hand doing it *laughs* so I went back to the basic knit till I feel totally comfortable with that and will try the purl again). My mother tried to show me how to knit but I didn't get what she was trying to say till I watched a video where I could watch the person's hands. I imagine had I stood behind my mother and watched over her shoulder I would have understood it better. :P But since then, if I can see a video of it then I can do it (again, basic stuff for the time being).

I'm hoping that eventually I'll understand the patterns so I can do more than scarves, blankets and dishcloths. :P *snerk*
arualannearualanne on June 4th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
patterns really intimidated me at first. Charts still do, but once you have the basics down it is generally a simple matter of just doing what it tells you to do and being able to keep track of where you are at. If you mark your place in the pattern when you put down your yarn it will help until you can learn to read your yarn, like the smooth stitch was a knit and the little bumpy part here was a purl so I have done this... sort of thing. Mainly it takes practice and just deciding not to be intimidated, or at least for me.