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How hard is it to learn how to knit?

April 1st, 2010 · No Comments · How To Knit

I bought one of those kits that come with yarn, needles, and instructions, but the instructions don’t seem very clear. I only looked at them for a minute, though, before tossing them aside. Has anybody else tried one of those kits, and can I really learn to knit that way?

It’s not that difficult to learn, but some people do well with written instructions and illustrations, and others learn better by watching someone else. So if you find the instructions difficult to follow, try this web site that has videos:

Click on the "Getting Started" tab for a video of a beginner project.

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I need to know if the yarn on a knitting needle can hang off the needle?

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Knitting Yarn

I have just started to knit, and I learned how to just do the first row on ONE needle. I have two needles though, but the one needle that has all the stitches is getting filled up and I want it to be longer, so I am wondering, can the yarn hang off of the needle or does it always have to be on the needle?

Yes it always has to be on the needle or you will drop stitches. You may have to go to a longer or circular needles to get the length you want and to keep them from falling off.

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How do you knit a striped scarf?

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments · How To Knit A Scarf

I found on a website somewhere that if you want thick stripes for a scarf you have to cut the ends and start a new color…..but my question is, Do you bind each one off and then sew them together or do you cut it off while keeping it on the needle and just continue to knit, but with a new color?

someone help.

and if you know of any good knitting sites for beginners with patterns and such, it would be appreciated!!

No, you don’t want to bind off until your scarf is the desired length. As other writers have indicated, you just want to leave a tail long enough to weave in from both your last yarn and your new yarn. Try not to tie them if you can avoid it.
There is another method of making stripes you might enjoy. If you cast on the length of your scarf, instead of the width, say 100 or 120 stitches. Knit 4 or 5 rows in each of several colors until scarf is desired width.

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How do I fix the knicks in my knit jacket?

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments · How To Knit

I have a knit jacket (Sag Harbor) on one sleeve a couple of threads came loose and a couple of threads have to be pulled back in. Does any one know how to do this. Thanks.

Use a crochet hook from the back & pull the yarn back into the jacket. If they are close, just tie them together to anchor them. If not, then use a tapestry needle & run the yarn down into the sleeve

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Are they same in knitting: increasing & cast on in the middle of work?!?

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments · Knitting How To Cast On

knitting a glove I faced some problems… tanx for your help 🙂

Usually, increasing is only for adding a stitch or two anywhere in the body of what you’re knitting. Casting on is for adding a large number of stitches, usually at either end of the piece you’re knitting. I just finished a sweater where I cast on at each end to make the sleeves. Increasing gradually adds stitches and shape–casting on adds a block of stitches all at one time. Hope this helps.

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How do I go about starting knitting?

March 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Knitting For Beginners

I’m a complete beginner, but I really want to learn to knit. I’m going to get a book called ‘Knitty Gritty: Knitting for the Absolute Beginner’, because it has good reviews on amazon, but what needles and wool do I need as where’s the best place to get them?
Any advice is very appreciated!
Thank you very much.
I’m in England

Hopefully you have a conversion site there and if not e-mail me for that or any other information I can send to you. I don’t see why your going to spend money on a book to learn how to knit when all the information you need is right here on the computer. I can give you a lot of sites to go from the UK to learn anything about knitting that you want. I would like to make a suggestion to you and that is not to get the large needle and bulky yarn to learn on as you may not use either one of them again. Start with a size 6 or 8 needle and 4 ply yarn. Yes it is on the medium size but that is what you will use in most instances. You will love the work you will be able to do.

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Do I have to have a garter edge on my bulky knit scarf?

March 28th, 2010 · No Comments · How To Knit A Scarf

I’m knitting with a super bulky yarn. (about 14 stitches to the row) Do I have to have a garter stitch on the edge to keep it from rolling in?

It may still roll even though it is bulky. Try a couple of stitches of border; also block the scarf thoroughly when you are done.

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When knitting, how do I cast off in rib stitch?

March 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Knitting How To Cast On

And links would be helpful 😀

You cast off in pattern, IOW if your rib is knit1, purl 1 you knit the stitch you should knit and purl the stitch you should purl. If your rib is a different combintation, again you knit what should be knit and purl what should be purled.

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Why does my knitting yarn twist while I’m knitting?

March 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Knitting Yarn

It happens with every piece of yarn. It twists while you are holding it.

Do you use yarn that the yarn comes out from the end of the skein or it comes off as you turn the skein ? If I get some that I have to turn the skein to unravel it I roll it into a ball & that always helps.

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Where can I find a pattern to knit a dog jumper?

March 28th, 2010 · No Comments · How To Knit

I would like to knit a jumper / pull over for my dog, like the ones you can buy. Does anyone have ANY idea where I might get a pattern for such an item?

Thank you.
What is WRONG with wanting to knit my little dog a jumper to help KEEP HER WARM in the winter WHEN ITS COLD? Its not like I am wanting to get her hair bows, hats, or bandanas. Its purely to keep her WARM, which to my mind if FAR BETTER than to have her shivering if she’s COLD. Can’t see why ANYONE has a problem with this? Err???


Free to download patterns. I’m knitting my little one the biscuits and bones one, he’s a Chinese crested, so definitely needs to be kept warm! there are lots if you just google dog coat knitting patterns. Happy knitting!

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