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Old 09-19-2015, 10:07 PM   #1
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I would like to learn to knit, as I love the few knitted pieces I own. I noticed in this thread http://diaperswappers.com/forum/show....php?t=1386179 that the OP mentions she learned the English method, but that the Continental is better. What should I learn?

Also, what yarn should I use to learn - should I start with wool, or should I get Acrylic at Walmart?

Where can I get good hooks for cheap?

There is a knitting "group" next door to my kids doctors office. There usually are only 2-3 old ladies there. I will try there and see if I can learn from them, but they are only there for a few hours a week.

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Old 09-19-2015, 10:37 PM   #2
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Don't start with wool. It's more expensive and you will likely have to pull your project out here & there. Plus getting your stitched even is hard at first so your first project or two might be a little wonky.

I see tons of knitting needles at thrift stores. (Or ask your older family members) Buy a gauge so you can know what size they are. (Gauges are like $2 at walmart) Watch a few youtube videos and hopefully that will give you a feel for what you need.
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Old 09-21-2015, 08:38 PM   #3
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I want to learn to knit too!
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Old 10-27-2015, 09:40 AM   #4
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I agree with Rdesonia. Cheap yarn is a good way to start, although fancy more expensive yarn is so much more pleasurable to knit with...
as for continental vs american : it's a personal preference. It only means which hand you're holding the working yarn with. Try both and you'll see which you're more comfortable with. I learned american myself. I can see how continental would be slightly faster (as you don'T have to lift the working yarn over the needle every time), but it doesn't make that much of a difference, really.

Looking forward to seeing your progress!
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IF you have more time to dedicate than with the ladies once a week I recommend youtube. I learned to crochet from Aunt Ester -- it was a three part series that a kid recorded of her aunt. It was great and I learned everything I needed to get started. Now when I need to learn a new stitch or get a refresher on a stitch I just search on youtube and ton on how to videos come up for that stitch, I also save the best ones to rewatch when I need to.

There is similar videos for learning to knit. Good Luck!
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I might be chiming in a little late here, but I learned to knit as a child from a German lady in European style, and I knit way faster than my mother, who is an excellent knitter but knits the English style. The difference is that in the English style your left hand does a lot of the work, while in the Continental style the left hand just holds the yarn and the right hand's needle does everything in one movement.
As for beginning to knit, I prefer to knit with wool so much over anything acrylic, and for me, enjoying the knitting is the only thing that keeps me going. Wool is slightly stretchy and bouncy in a way that manmade fibers, and even cotton for that matter, aren't, so it's more of a pleasure to knit, in my opinion.
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I am sure you've already chosen a style but I learned in A hybrid of American and continental (taught myself). So I don't "throw" my yarn which avoids the twist in the stitches that American style has. But I have found that I wish I had learned continental. It is slower at first but as you get the muscle memory it's a lot faster and way easier when doing stitches like ribbing or moss(seed) stitch. It just makes it way easier to switch back and forth between purling and knitting.
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I highly recommend continental. American is much slower, and if you are going to learn something new, you might as well do it the best way.
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I would try both methods of knitting to decide which you prefer...one usually feels more natural than the other but both methods or styles are just as good.
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Re: New to knitting question

I think i learned American when i started but when i saw continental, i was determined to make the switch. It took a good week of solid practice to make it not feel like i had three extra arms i was trying to control, but i find it totally worth it. I can keep control of things better and it goes so so much faster. The hardest part about it is learning to control the tension in your fingers.
It's almost like learning to drive a stick shift as your first car. You not only need to figure out the driving part on the road, but also have to remember the clutch and all that too. However, when you have it, you can drive anything. :-)

I would also agree that cheap yarn is worth going to for practice and maybe a set of needles sized us 6 or 7 and up. It'll give you a good view of the stitches as you go.

YouTube really does have a lot of great videos. Learn a cast on, then do simple knit stitches. Do a ton of those till it starts to feel more natural, then learn purl. Cast off.

After you learn those four fundamental things, it really is cake to learn all the other stuff.
Happy knitting!
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