Knit One Purl Two

United States
December 30, 2006 6:03pm CST
I am a self-taught knitter. I only know the basics. When I sit with someone that knows how to knit, I watch how they do it and knit along with them. I find it is the easiest way to learn. Now with so many instructional videos on the market it is easier than ever. But, you can't ask a video a question. I would one day learn how to do cable patterns. Often I have been told that it is easy. Sure, if you know how to do it. The sweaters, scarves and other items that I have knitted are all basic stitches and nobody has complained yet.
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@babystar1 (4235)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I just dont have the patience to knit.When I was in school, long time ago I tried It, I had more time then.
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• United States
2 Jan 07
I have more time now and love to sit in front of the boob tube and work on my projects.
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@yarntales (639)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I wish I could help. Unfortunately, I can do the knit stitch and the purl stitch and that is about it. I knit too tightly and every stitch is a battle. So I don't knit much. I love to crochet. that is easy and relaxing for me.
• United States
2 Jan 07
My mother would knit so tight it would hold water. When she got frustrated she would end up unraveling an entire row and a few stitches below it. Crochet is her best as well. I taught her how to crochet. She has had other people reteach her and she is doing well with it now.
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@owlwings (41906)
• Cambridge, England
31 Dec 06
My mother once taught me to knit when I was small but I have almost forgotten now. I could knit plain stitches but got confused with purl! I gave up when people laughed at me for being so dim. Well, I'm not dim! I noticed that it was always the blondes who laughed and said "Look, you do it like this!" and proceeded to demonstrate so fast that I couldn't keep up. Ach! Hang it ... it's women's work anyway, isn't it!
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• United States
2 Jan 07
Hey, thank you for bringing that topic up. I am blonde and have been told to slow down when I am instructing someone. Now I know why and will use the excuse when needed. : ) I actually get a little ticked when someone grabs the work out of my hands and begins doing it themselves. You just want to grab the needles back and give the a little poke in the behind with them. LOL
• United States
31 Dec 06
I was fortunate enough in my crocheting efforts to come from a family of women who have done it for years. I had a lot of help when it came to learning, if not as much interest at a young age as they would have preferred. In my early adult years I was extrememly fortune to work with a woman who was a master crocheter. She really taught me how to go beyond the basics of just doing simple stitches and to read patterns and think outside of the box when it came to crocheting. She started to teach me knitting as well, but our time together didn't last long enough for me to gain any proficiency with it. I think it's wonderful that you've taught yourself how to knit. Keep plugging away at it and learn what you can where you can. You'll get that cable knit done one day!
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• United States
2 Jan 07
I hope to succeed one day in doing just that. But, until then, I am happy with simple things.
• United States
31 Dec 06
Yes, I am a self taught crocheter. I wanted to learn how to knit, but the few books I picked up boggled my mind. I didn't understand. I have the same probelm, unless you have someone to ask questions, it is really difficult, and I don't knwo anyone who knits.
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• United States
2 Jan 07
I have the booklet that taught me to knit mittens. It is held together with tape and is really starting to show wear. It has a pattern for socks which I told myself over 35 years ago that I would make a pair. But heck, socks cost so little to buy, why make them?
• United States
31 Dec 06
I'm self-taught too. Because of my ''unique'' style, I can't follow a pattern. It won't work. So, but no one complain much. I have donated baby blankets made in my unique style and they weren't rejected. One experienced knitter even told me that if it works for me, then I am fine.
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• United States
2 Jan 07
My crochet patterns are uniquely mine too.
• United States
31 Dec 06
I have tried knitting. I didn't find it easy. If I dropped a stitch, it was all over. I prefered to crochet. It is easier and faster. I learned both with a book of instructions. Never knew anyone that did either. I bet your work is lovely that you do.
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• United States
2 Jan 07
You are talented in other ways Margieanne. If I were to attempt the artwork that you have mastered it would look like a paper doll.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
31 Dec 06
Thats good you can do that. I have not attempted to make a sweater I think if I did one are would be hanging down to the floor.
• United States
2 Jan 07
The first sweater I did was a bit loose, but now I can make them with my eyes closed.
• United States
31 Dec 06
It sounds like you have cable phobia. Try it. It's not so hard. You will need a cable needle/hook. It will hold the stitches a minute while you jump ahead. I learned to cable from a book in less than 10 minutes. So many people learn the basic knit and purl and never learn anything else. That's a shame because there are so many more wonderful things out there.
• United States
2 Jan 07
You are funny. A good friend laughed at me when I told her that I couldn't do cables. She never got around to showing me. I learn best when I see something done. One time I had a left-handed person show me a crocheted butterfly. It was funny watching her crochet, but her technique was not that of a normal left-handed person. She would crochet like she was right-handed but in reverse....it was strange. I one day will get the courage to try the cable. It won't be while I am pmsing!
@melanie652 (2525)
• United States
31 Dec 06
Knitting is just not my thing. I admire your patience and ability to do so much of it. While I don't knit, I also learn better by watching how someone else does something and then me doing it too. My guess is the items you've knitted have been appreciated for the time and effort you've put into them? Happy knitting! :)
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• United States
31 Dec 06
Thank you Melanie.
@peavey (16911)
• United States
31 Dec 06
It took me a long while to get up enough nerve to try some of the stitches that look so complicated, but they're all made with knit and purl stitches, so they're not really as hard as they look! I learned a lot from books, as no one was around to teach me. One thing I learned is not to be afraid to experiment. To make a cable, try this: Knit a swatch of at least 20 stitches by 20 rows. On the next knit row, knit 10 stitches, then slip the last three onto a double pointed needle or a cable needle if you have one. Holding these stitches to the front of your work, go ahead and finish knitting the row. Purl the next row, ignoring the three stitches on the needle, then knit the next row until you come to them. Knit the next three stitches, then knit the stitches from the needle and continue knitting. That's all there is to it, with variations, of course.
• United States
2 Jan 07
I will do this one day. When I do I will be sure to post it here so you will know how I did. No promises mind you. I am happy with what I do best, just the basics.
@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Well good for you. I use to do that in high school and I've learn the basic. But, durning Christmas when we went to visit my in-laws, my sister-in-law was knitting and I had no clue what she was doing. I forgot how to knit and I asked her to teach me sometimes when she isn't busy and she agreed. I'm just jealous that she can do it and I can't. It seems like something to do to kill time.