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JennB
Posted 2009-01-03 2:28 AM (#18195)
Subject: Beginner's knitting


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As some of you know I took a private lesson to start learning how to knit...and the day I showed up for my lesson found out that the store was closing-THE NEXT DAY! With only 1 20 minute session, I did learn how to cast on, and I can do a straight stitch, and purl.  Other than that I'm clueless.  I can "sorta" understand a pattern.

 What I would REALLY like to do is learn how to knit "in the round" so I can make Jacob and Ashley some hats...and I'd REALLY love to make some socks.  What do you guys suggest?

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sew'nsew
Posted 2009-01-03 4:04 AM (#18199 - in reply to #18195)
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Knitting hats in the round is easy to learn.  The trick is to be careful not to twist the cast-on row as you connect it and continue knitting.  (If you twist it you will end up knitting a Mobius).  I am going to attach a pattern for hats from Red Heart yarn,  but now I can't remember if the pattern calls for circular knitting or I just knit in a circle.  Hummm....http://www.coatsandclark.com/NR/rdonlyres/ACD42760-0FA6-47A6-B7FD-1E3F77A1397F/30947/lw1268.pdf

OK, that didn't work.  If you go to the Red Heart website and look for free patterns, you can do a search for a pattern called 'Gotcha covered 1'.  There is also a crochet pattern called 'Gotcha Covered 2'.  I got both patterns years ago as a leaflet in the yarn dept.  and have made both of them many times (just not recently).

I can try to help if you have questions, just not always easy long distance.

 



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sara
Posted 2009-01-06 12:16 PM (#18501 - in reply to #18195)
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Jenn -- although I do knit, I do it so seldom that I have to think for every stitch .... and I refuse to think!! :)

Have you tried to use a Knifty Knitter loom? They are FANTASTIC and you can make all sorts of things. Provocraft makes them, although there are some off-brands now. To check out some of their patterns, either google "knit loom pattern" or go to www.provocraft.com.

I think I have ALL the looms now :)









































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JennB
Posted 2009-01-06 1:37 PM (#18509 - in reply to #18195)
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Yep, I have the 4 round ones, and the 4 long ones, and one of the specialty ones. I got them for Ashley for Christmas. My step-dad has them too, and made Jacob several little stocking caps he wore while he was in the hospital. Ashley wanted to make a few and take them to the babies down there. She's almost finished her first one. We may go down there next weekend and pay a visit since he's now pretty much outgrown all his preemie clothes, I figured I would donate them so they can give them to the babies to wear. They encouraged having them in sleepers and clothing besides just diapers and blankets once they were out of the isolettes.
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char77
Posted 2009-01-06 8:33 PM (#18532 - in reply to #18509)
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Do you mean knitting on double pointed needles?  Some people use those and others just use the circular needles.  I can help    I've been making mittens since I was knee high to a grasshopper on double pointed needles.  I think I made a pair of socks way back when...<G>  What kind of help do you need?  I'll give it my best try
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JennB
Posted 2009-01-07 11:25 AM (#18556 - in reply to #18532)
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WELL....(since you asked)

I'm curious how to "join" my stitches together to make a circle. Right now all I can do is a straight row. I do have a set of circular needles but I don't know how to use them. I'm wondering if double pointed needles would be easier. The only person I've ever seen knitting socks was using 3 double pointed needles and it just looked complicated.
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sew'nsew
Posted 2009-01-07 7:36 PM (#18600 - in reply to #18195)
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A circular needle is much easier than double points to knit a circle. I use the 'Magic Loop' method. I am trying to attach a link to a Youtube video of how to get started.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtBSmxGomPk
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Wendy MI
Posted 2009-02-14 10:20 PM (#21254 - in reply to #18195)
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I don't know if this quilifies for "beginning" knitting, but I am looking for a pattern. I don't even know what the name is, but it is a pattern for knitting a tube. It is done on single point needles and if you do it right, it makes a tube. I used to do it years ago, and can't for the life of me remember how to do it!! Can anyone help me out? Thanks Wendy
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misisipimenace
Posted 2009-02-14 10:44 PM (#21255 - in reply to #21254)
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i have not a clue what you're asking about wendy, i just wanted to wave HI!!
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SallyC
Posted 2009-02-14 11:39 PM (#21258 - in reply to #18195)
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Rhonda, nice cap pattern, thanks!
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sew'nsew
Posted 2009-02-15 2:57 AM (#21262 - in reply to #18195)
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Wendy, what kind of tube? Like a scarf tube? or do you mean cording - like I-cord - for making ties?
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Quilt Mama
Posted 2009-02-15 9:16 AM (#21266 - in reply to #18195)
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Wendy---It's many years since I made dozens of scarves on single point needles. I would have to play with it to see if there is anything else to it. What I remember was that you cast on your stitches. The rows then are K 1, slip 1 thus knitting one side on even rows and the other side on odd rows. I believe you always start with even number of stitches (multiples of 2.) At the end you cast off every stitch.Does this help jog anyone's memory?
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SallyC
Posted 2009-02-15 9:18 AM (#21267 - in reply to #18195)
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oodles of free crochet and knitting patterns (and quilts, of course) on
http://www.freepatterns.com/
How to knit (and crochet) video: http://www.knittinghelp.com/
I've never knitted 'in the round' but recently picked up some rounds at thrift shop, so I'll give it a try. Only way I've ever made socks before (years ago) was with 3 needles. Should be interesting! I making a sweater for granddaughter right now (plus lots of wash cloths!)
Milica is a great inspiration!
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Wendy MI
Posted 2009-02-15 9:57 AM (#21276 - in reply to #21267)
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HI TO YOU TOO CINDY!!! How is Georgia?!!
Anges, what you describe sounds very familiar. I will have to play with that idea. Thank You
Rhonda, it is a tube so you can use one end for a hat, then wrap the rest around your neck like a scarf. I would love to make them with some of the new yarns they have now. Thank you all. Wendy
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sew'nsew
Posted 2009-02-15 11:12 AM (#21290 - in reply to #18195)
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Wendy, I make a scarf that is a tube but closed at each end. I suppose you could push a closed end to the inside and make a hat out of it. Does that sound familiar? If so I'll try writing up the directions.

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