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i want to start knitting!!!

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foximusprime1 Mon 07-Nov-16 14:58:27

please tell me where to start with knitting, I have absolutely idea what I need to buy in order to get started or how I even do it lol I really do wish I had paid attention when both my nans tried to show me when I was younger.

any advice welcome xx

PolterGoose Mon 07-Nov-16 15:04:55

You will need some 4mm needles and some double knitting weight yarn. Light colours are easier to see what you're doing, Stylecraft Special DK is cheap and reliable, some cheap yarns are squeaky and not very pleasant to work with. Extras like scissors, tape measure, darning needle and stitch markers can be cobbled together and improvised smile

Find a tutorial online or buy a book and have a go.

Knitting needles come in different materials and styles. I have hand problems and use KnitPro Symfonie wooden circular needles which feel lovely, they also do traditional long needles, which you might prefer. But any needles will do as long as they're the right size for the yarn.

TheFurryMenace Mon 07-Nov-16 22:29:48

Check out VeryPink.com. There are loads of tutorials from the basics up, with video tutorials for specific patterns so you get some help with the tricker bits. My advice would be buy yourself some beautiful super chunky wool yarn (avoid anything fuzzy, trickier for first timers) and knit yourself a simple gather stitch scarf (Google first scarf or look on ravelry). I started with Erika Knight Maxi Wool. 2 Hanks should be enough for a simple scarf ( cast on about 15 stitches). I found having a beautiful yarn really motivated me, and as it was thick wool on large needles (try 9mm) it went fast! I liked straight needles to begin with, in birch wood.

Good luck!

JoffreyBaratheon Tue 08-Nov-16 13:51:49

Also, join ravelry.com

It's free and full of free patterns, ideas, inspiration and great forums and groups where you can ask all your questions!

SpotTheDuck Tue 08-Nov-16 14:03:54

If you know anybody who knits, it's much easier to learn by watching their hands then doing it and getting them to correct you rather than from books or videos.

Start with a scarf or baby blanket, nothing too ambitious as you'll be really slow at first!

glenthebattleostrich Tue 08-Nov-16 14:09:01

I did this over summer smile

I made squares and they were made into a blanket.

This autumn I've made a chunky scarf for dd, an infinity scarf for me and a teddy for my friend who is pregnant.

glenthebattleostrich Tue 08-Nov-16 14:09:59

Not a great picture, he doesn't look angry really!

KateInKorea Fri 11-Nov-16 21:13:06

Start with a rib scarf, but yes to a pink knits and ravelry.

Lessthanaballpark Fri 11-Nov-16 21:14:15

Get "Stitch and Bitch" by Debbie Stoller.

PoppyPicklesPenguin Fri 11-Nov-16 21:14:28

Knitting for dummies is a great book

I learnt when younger but had forgotten it all, and am now well into the swing of things again

Ok I'm not following patterns as such but I'm making great scarves with various knit/pearl combos

foximusprime1 Sat 12-Nov-16 13:35:45

Thanks everyone!!

flightywoman Wed 16-Nov-16 16:33:32

Knitting help is a really good online resource of videos to show you how, and they have an app too.

They show the stitches done slowly, explain really well and have them properly clear in close-up. Well worth looking at...

www.knittinghelp.com/

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