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Knitting & Crocheting Newbie!

Posted by tumblingtomatoes (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 11, 10 at 12:37

Hi everyone!
I was looking up some info on gardening here on the gardenweb & just happened to notice there is a section for knitting & crocheting! Hoorah! I am a complete newbie at knitting & crocheting (my daughter wants to learn tatting over summer as well) so this is exciting! Can anyone share any beginner patterns with me (especially knitting - I have learned to cast on, knit, purl, yarn over, knit 2 together & cast off so far-just very basic stuff)? Thanks!

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RE: Knitting & Crocheting Newbie!

Well tumblingtomatoes--

Learn to increase and decrease and you will know 3/4 of what there is to learn about knitting. It's the combinations of these things that make a pattern. The more combinations the harder the pattern.

I suggest you browse through the yarn companies websites--Pattons, Bernat, Red Heart, and Lion Brand.
They have patterns that are printable and graded easy, medium and expert.

RE: Knitting & Crocheting Newbie!

Love your screen name!!
This site has knitting instructions that will be useful--
If you do a search on search line type in
whatever you want and list will come up and just click on
what you need. There are videos showing how to do different stitches/techniques.
Hope this will get you started and good luck.

RE: Knitting & Crocheting Newbie!

Check out Even though this is a wonderful forum here, Ravelry is even more active. Joining is free.

As oilpainter said, Lion Brand is a good place to go for patterns. They are free (you might have to join there too). There is one scarf pattern called the The Road Scarf which would be a good practice project as it incorporates 4 different pattern stitches and you learn how to do a border to keep the scarf from rolling.

Good luck, have fun!

RE: Knitting & Crocheting Newbie!

Thanks so much! I am going to check out those sites now!

RE: Knitting & Crocheting Newbie!

There is another WONDERFUL site to help with knitting questions: It's called (appropiratly) Knittinghelp.


Here is a link that might be useful: knitting help

RE: Knitting & Crocheting Newbie!

At a Church Rummage sale today I found a "Magic Loom". Too late I noticed that the box included no instructions. It has three different sized square metal looms and is suppose to make crocheted Granny Squares. I always seem to need instructions to do some of these things. I did a Google and a Ask search but found no help. There is no name of the company that made these on the box. I'm looking for help in finding instructions. Would appreciate any help. Thanks..

RE: Knitting & Crocheting Newbie!

I also highly recommend Lion Brand. They send a weekly e-mail newsletter that always includes at least 4 patterns (usually 2 knit, 2 crochet), and their website has lots of patterns--many of those have been reviewed by people who have knitted them.

One other tip--and you probably already know this, but . . . I have learned several knitting stitches by studying videos that have been posted on YouTube. My favorite ones are by "knitwitch." Her instructions are clear, and she uses good contrasting yarn & background so you can really see the specific steps to the stitches. The best part about it is that I can pause the video whenever I want and watch it over, and over, and over until I get the stitch right!

RE: Knitting & Crocheting Newbie!

If you go to youtube and type in knitting lessons..they have some nice videos to help you learn the different stitches. I learned howe to continental knitting from their website. Check it out.

RE: Knitting & Crocheting Newbie!

Posieh, I did a google search for "magic loom instructions", using the quotes, and had several hits for instructions. I hope that will help.

Tumblingtomatoes, welcome to the forum! A good way to learn new stitch patterns is to make dishcloths. It's a small project to learn on, but you will learn to do that stitch, and if you don't like it, you are not committed to a larger project. And dishcloths make great gifts! Use a kitchen cotton, like Lion Brand, or Peaches and Cream, or Bernat's kitchen cotton. They wash great, and clean great!


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