knitting-when to move on

United States
August 26, 2006 8:22am CST
I have a friend who learned to knit many years ago, but hasn't knitted in years. When I began knitting again for relaxation, she wanted me to teach her again. She is doing very well, but I can't convince her she can do more with the simple techniques she has already mastered. How many of you are stuck on scarves because you don't feel you have the skills to move on?
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• United States
2 Dec 06
I never had that problem. I taught myself to knit a couple summers ago. I don't think I have made one scarf. The first thing I finished was a sweater for my daughter. Then I made a hoodie for my son. Then I created a pattern for a purse for my daughter and her friends. I hate making scarves. They are so boring. I even get bored doing large sweaters. I hate long rows of just knit and purl. I like complicated patterns that keep my interest. The only suggestion I have is sit down with a simple sweater pattern and start working on it, showing her how easy it is once you know the basics.
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@ruby222 (4848)
31 Jul 08
Im ok with the knitting but I find it very difficult to teach anyone else to knit,maybe due to the fact that im left handed,so i turn a different way to right handers,but ive knitted for many years,and can master most of the patterns ,when the kids were small it always used to be on the go,to knit the woolies for winter.
@kdarrell (1566)
• Canada
9 Jan 07
I have found that it's very difficult to try to get to get people to leave their comfort zones. Find some really nice patterns that have pictures and try to incourage her to leave her comfort zone and try something a little advanced.
• Spain
18 Dec 06
Have not knitted in years, but just saw your link and think I might get back into it, as I remember it being a great hobby. However now live in Spain, so wonder if i could knit a swimsuit.
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
17 Dec 06
Has she tried to do patterned scarves? Just keep guiding her she will gain more confidence along the way.
• United States
16 Dec 06
I met so many knitters in that same boat, I wrote an article on it over here: So many people get stuck in their tiny comfort zone. When you think about it, what is the worst thing that can happen if you try a new technique and you don't like the results? You frog it and start again. You have so much to gain by trying new stitches and patterns.
@nannacroc (4049)
26 Nov 06
I like the challenge of trying something different and at times have adapted patterns just to try them out. Get her to experiment with the jumpers that have no shaping, I don't really like them but they are very easy to knit and to put together.
@Amanda_NZ (125)
• Lexington, North Carolina
26 Nov 06
Knitting is easy as you only have the two types of stitch purl and plain (garter stitch). It is the combination of these two stitches that can make the pattern. What this person needs to do is read the instruction method of the pattern as the instructions for each type of pattern is written in clear to follow instructions. Start out knitting an adult sweater - adult size is much easier and quicker to grow that tackling a child or baby garment. Find a pattern with a little bit of detail e.g. on the cuff and around the neck, or waist band. Do not incourage to buy an all over pattern as this will take too long and this person could get easily lost and then frustrated and dejected. Sweaters are much easier to knit than you might think. I knitted my first sweater at 12 years old for my best friend.
• United States
29 Aug 06
Perhaps if she were to teach someone how to do the basics, then the person encourages her to teach them more just to get her started on different items other than scarves, she will then be willing to go forward
• United States
26 Aug 06
Not me because I don't knit. Look just give her some sheets on how to make more complicated things. Then just be like "I think you should really try these out." and she'll be like "Okay."