Ok, I bought a ball of yarn three years ago with the intentions of knitting. Three years later, I still cannot figure it out.
My mom and my friends and everyone I seem to know can knit even my friggin boyfriend. WTF!
Someone, tell me the seceret. So far I think my malfuction is coming from which stitch to pull the yarn through after you have gone under and over the right needle.
Someone help cause it is really starting to aggrivate me!
The link below may be of help. It is hard to explain but I think the diagrams on this page are quite clear
Good luck with it.. it does get easier believe me!!
There is a hub (actually a couple of them) on knitting. One of the best sites I've found is a hub. I'm an avid knitter (I've done four sweaters, three pair of socks, a layette, several bits of lingerie, about 40 thimble bags, 5 cell phone cases, three scarves, a pair of wrist bands and two hats and I can't remember what else -- in the past year -- I'm lost unless I have something on my needles). I taught myself and so can you. What I'd suggest is to check a couple of hubs (if you check my profile you'll find mine...and a link to another on my hub) and go to a craft store and look through their how-to books...find one that makes sense to you and that you think you can follow and then start simple.
If you really stop and think about it, knitting only uses two stitches. For everything. There are variations on the stitches, but the basic stitch is always the same. The knit and the purl. And the purl is simply a reversed knit stitch. So...actually it's only one stitch. You can learn one stitch.
You can do it. You really can. Remember to start simple...just a small square of garter stitch (basic knit stitch on both sides). When you get that down, do a small square of stockinette stitch (knit stitch on one row and then reverse it for the next row). Before you know it, you'll be doing ribbing (knit x number of stitches, purl...which is just a reversed knit stitch...x number of stitches)...and from there, the sky's the limit! Lacy stitches and cables and popcorn and patterns and intarsia and then the beads...oh, the beads. I'm addicted to the beads (although my current project is a scarf).
Check my profile (look under the 'best hubs' tab) and I'm going to shut up now.
I have two suggestions for you:
- The videos at www.knittinghelp.com are really helpful. I'm someone who can't figure things out from a diagram, I need to see it in action!
- Take a class. That's how I learned to knit, and now I'm an addict. You might also try to knit alongside your boyfriend, so that he can help you. (Unless, of course, that puts too much pressure on your relationship. I'm unusually impatient whenever my partner tries to teach me anything, so, maybe you can find another friend to sit and knit with to save your sanity!)
Hope that's helpful. And in my experience, as soon as you make one mistake-ridden funky scarf, you'll be over the hump and on your way to becoming a knit-a-holic.
Check this hub from user Kristhillia
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