Do you knit?

United States
June 9, 2008 5:59pm CST
Well, I can crochet just about anything I want to but knit?? Well that is a different story. I want to learn so much but I cannot get the hang of it at all. I will be trying again really soon. I have two more afghans to get done for babies on the way at our church and then I have one to get done for our new grandson due in September. Then.............I found the cutest Strawberry Shortcake afghan for my 19 month old grand-daughter. Then.......... I want to start trying to teach myself to knit again. If you taught yourself to knit what did you use or how did you teach yourself? God bless you.
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• Philippines
10 Jun 08
Hi mamacathie! I know the basics of knitting but have not really tried doing more than that. I can also crochet but then again, I can just work on the basics. I learned to knit and crochet at an early age because my aunt influenced me. I love Strawberry Shortcake and I believe that the afghan your dear granddaughter has is really lovely.
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• United States
10 Jun 08
I will post a picture of it when I do get it done, I think it is going to be so cute! I am not going to give up on knitting, I am determined to learn it before I get too old to do it. LOL Thanks for posting and God bless!
@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I can't knit, but I can crochet. I love to crochet, and I'd like to be able to knit too so that I'd have a wider variety of projects and things available to try out, but I have never really been able to get the hang of it, so I just stick to crochet. I've tried knitting before, but I just can't seem to do it!
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• United States
10 Jun 08
Me too. I keep starting and then I give up. I get so bumfuzzled. LOL Let's not give up but keep trying. Thanks for the post and God bless!
@freedomg (1684)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I crochet as well but have always wanted to learn how to knit. Hopefully some day I will have the time.
• United States
10 Jun 08
Yes, we have to learn. We have the desire and that has to be 95% of the challenge conquered already. Thanks and God bless!
10 Jun 08
I've wanted to try knitting before but I doubt I ever will.
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• United States
10 Jun 08
I want to learn so bad and I am determined when things slow down for me, LOL, if they ever do , I will learn. Thanks for the post and don't give up on learning yet. God bless.
@sylvia13 (1851)
• Nelson Bay, Australia
10 Jun 08
I can do both and I am lucky I guess, but do try to learn to knit, as it can also be fun and there are many different stitches too! People taught me to do both, so I would have no idea how to learn on your own, although I am sure it can be done. A few days ago I read about crochetting and knitting using plastic bags and I am giving that a try, as it sounds interesting! One cuts plastic bags into strips and then uses that as if it were yarn! I think everybody is trying to protect the environment now and it seems like a good way of getting rid of plastic bags!
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• United States
10 Jun 08
Oh yes! I have made a rug with plastic bags. It was so pretty. I just saw at a trade day shopping bags crocheted with the plastic bags. Great ideas! Thanks and God bless you!
• United States
10 Jun 08
Well i used a kit i got at walmart about teaching yourself to knit. I can make a square, but it a drop a stitch i have a fit because i havent learned how to pick it back up again. I tried knitting twice and decided i like to crochet better and am sticking to that, but knowing me ill try to knit again.
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• United States
10 Jun 08
I have that same problem that if I drop a stitch I have to start all over. I can't get the idea of how to pick up that stitch. I am lots to learn. I hope you get a chance to learn too. Thanks for the post and God bless.
@abbey19 (3129)
• Gold Coast, Australia
10 Jun 08
I can knit, but I never learnt how to crochet, so I envy you! I was taught to knit by my mother who always seemed to be knitting something when I was a child! She taught me the basics - enough to follow a knitting pattern, and I knitted clothes for my children when they were babies. You can buy books that show you the basics, but I must admit it's easier to catch on when someone shows you how. Good luck.
• United States
10 Jun 08
Yes, I learn easier if I can see someone else do it that is why I am hoping I can find some good videos online. Thanks and God bless.
@terri0824 (4975)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I have to agree with you as far as I am able to crochet just about anything, but not too swift on knitting. I have knitted scarfs before as well as when I was in high school I knitted booties for a school project. I've done much better with crocheting than knitting. I think the difference comes with crocheting you only have one needle and with knitting you have two needles and have to keep all the stitches on one needle transferring them back and forth to the other needle,
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• United States
10 Jun 08
Yes and to make socks, you need 4 or 5 needles or the circular needle. Wow! That is a challenge and I want to conquer it! Thanks for posting and God bless you!
@peavey (15874)
• United States
10 Jun 08
A friend taught me the basics, but I used a little pamphlet put out by Red Heart to learn more. I think you can still find it, called "Learn to Knit." It has some simple patterns, too.
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• United States
10 Jun 08
Thanks I will see if I can find that littel pamphlet. I have a book that shows it but I would love to see more pictures too so I can make sure I learn how to do it right. Thanks and God bless!
@Gollywog (1093)
10 Jun 08
Well I can knit but I cannot crochet, we should get together and teach each other. It is hard to explain how to knit maybe you could look it up on the net? I will see if I can find how to crochet?
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• United States
10 Jun 08
Yes, LOL, we could teach one another and then we'd know how to do both, knit and crochet. I am going to see if there is some detailed pictures to show me how to knit online. Thanks for the suggestion and God bless.
• Canada
9 Jun 08
The only things that I knit, are scarves, now and then. I made a really neet one for myself out of varigated wool in black and white. It turned out really nicely, and I use it a lot during the winter.
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• United States
9 Jun 08
I knitted my daughter a sweater and she called it her "wholely" sweather. LOL It did have a few holes in it. thanks for the post and God bless!
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
30 Jun 08
i do like to crochet and i just got a book given to me (along with knitting needles) and the book teaches you how to knit and when the summer is over (and i can handle wool again without getting all sweaty, i will try to learn) best of luck! :-)
@PearlGrace (3172)
• United States
16 Jun 08
Hello mamacathie. You might want to watch some instructional videos for beginning knitters. There are some at the knittinghelp website and also at the expertvillage website. I am left-handed AND uncoordinated. I learned how to knit from 2 of my older sisters who taught me when I was about 10 years old. I used to knit squares or long swatches of knit and purl when I first started knitting. It's one of those things that, the more you do it, the more you will get the hang of it. If you need face-to-face help, try going to a local yarn shop. They usually have a gathering of knitters and crocheters from time to time. Inquire about knitting help. Also, if you check with local craft stores like Michaels or Joann Fabrics, they usually have the name and number of someone willing to teach for a small fee. Keep trying, mamacathie. You will get it. And check out some instructional videos also. Good luck and take care.
• United States
14 Jun 08
I have been crochetting and knitting since I was 9 years old. My mother taught me how to knit...then for a few years I didn't knit and I forgot it so I went to Micheals or you can go to AC moores...any craft store and buy a How to knit kit. The directions are easy to read and follow. Wish you luck!
@lilybug (21182)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I never learned how to knit. My mother knows how as well as most of her sisters. It is something that my grandma taught them. My grandma was always knitting and crocheting and quilting blankets for her kids and grandkids. I also have a few dolls that she knit clothes for when I was a little kid.
@ersmommy1 (12605)
• United States
10 Jun 08
It is a nice art form. A friend once tried to show me. Like you, it didn't catch on. I think this is in part I lose patience with it. I drop stitches, etc. The closest I come is latch hooking rugs.
@newtondak (3950)
• United States
10 Jun 08
Yes, I learned to knit when I was 9 or 10 and took knitting as a 4-H project. Over the years, I have knitted a lot of different things - the only think I have never mastered is doing four-needle knitting such as for socks.