I used to enjoy it. I also learned crochet from my mother, and both the crochet and the needlepoint lasted longer with me than knitting. (Knitting projects tended to be bigger and take longer; I could needlepoint a small piece faster than that.) We'll see. Today's the day for finding the old wooden needles (I do not know how far back in the family they go, but well past my mother's lifetime--she inherited them from her grandmother) and the other needles, and going from casting on to knitting a few rows.
I looked at a diagram from a site a friend sent me last night and realized that I was doing the right thing in trying to knit, but the pencils, though easy to cast on with, are not ideal for knitting...so my stitches were so uneven they didn't look right to me and I'd thought I was doing it wrong.
1. you can cast on with one needle. (Dont ask me how, Ive never done it :) )
2. your pencils are probably not shiney=slippery enough for knitting. However, when you get some needles you can use one needle to knit your cast on row off the pencil, and then keep going with the other needle .. I wouldnt recommend carrying on much past reminding yourself how to do it tho, the tension will be messy :)
3. you can knit into the front or the back of a stitch, it just depends on the effect you want.
4. in order to make a neat edge, for the first stitch of the row I pick up the loop on the needle and the back loop of the stitch below and knit normally. There are other ways of neatening edges, which you can find in many books/internet places. Googling "beginners knitting" will get you plenty of references
1. Yup. I love the long-tail cast-on, done with only one needle. It's by far my favorite cast-on, to the point that I have to give myself mini-refresher courses every time a pattern requires me to take a different cast-on approach for something.
If you want some help, try searching beginner knitting, or cast on on Youtube.
Oh, and then have a look at www.ravelry.com ;) you will need to create a profile to have a look, but it is an amazing resource of patterns, information about yarns, needles and other knitting related materials - and over 1,000,000 members. No, I don't have anything to do with owning or running the site - but I do love it ;)
Seconding the endorsement of Ravelry - I love that place. Best way for me to keep all my knitting stuff organized.
For helpful beginner knitting videos, I strongly, strongly recommend http://www.knittinghelp.com/
- I really like their free videos demonstrating various techniques, especially since they cover both English and Continental (aka "thrower and picker") approaches to knitting.
Oh, and Elizabeth? When I started knitting again, I practiced casting on with one of those Harry Potter wands Scott was selling at 'DilloCon a few years back. So practicing with pencils is not that crazy an idea.
Congratulations! And welcome back to the company of knitters.
There are loads of great videos at Knitting Help
I find that casting on with a needle a size larger than I'm going to be using makes for an easier first row and a more stretchy cast on edge, which can be useful at times.
2011-02-11 02:49 pm (UTC)
The only clean keyboards are either a) new, or b) not used. I've seen far worse in 20+ years in I.T. :-)
A couple of years ago I took up knitting again. My maternal grandmother had taught me to knit when I was nine or ten, so that was over 20 years ago, and I'd worked on the same project ever since (you know, the ubiquitous garter stitch scarf that invariably becomes a pot holder), picking it up every once in a while and knitting a row or two before getting bored and moving on to something else.
I remembered how to do the knitting cast on, but casting off was a different story. The first thing I made, from Dollar Store yarn, on Dollar Store needles, was a doll blanket for my niece. And I got to the end of the yarn and couldn't figure out how to finish it. I did figure it out eventually, but I actually asked my aunt, my mother, and my sister-in law before I figured it out - none of them could remember, either!
Now I'm addicted to knitting and crocheting and having all that gorgeous yarn in my life. It's a rather expensive habit, but I figure it's healthier than most other things, and the end result is useful, pretty, and/or fun. :D
(Also, I am having click-fail today; this wasn't meant to be a reply to the above comment. Though I do agree about clean keyboards.)
Edited at 2011-02-11 03:24 pm (UTC)
There are a very great many different ways of casting on - I use at least four regularly, depending on what I am doing, and know several others - but the basic rule is that as long as it gives a tidy selvedge, it's fine!
I didn't see my mother cast on very often--I'd come home and she'd be well into something--so I don't know if she varied the casting on by the nature of the project. Right now--just getting back into it--I'm going to stick with the method that I remember, until it's more automatic.
What are the advantages of the different methods of casting on? What projects do best with which?
2011-02-11 10:23 pm (UTC)
I have re-learnt how to cast on several times... Only recently did I learn that it is possible to do it more than the one way my grandmother taught me. I will spend a lot of time investigating the links in this post! For completeness, I will add my own favourite site: http://garnstudio.com/
They are a Scandinavian yarn retailer (hope that is the right word...) and have patterns in 14 languages and >100 videos showing different techniques for knitting (a dozen with different cast-ons) on their site for free.
(in Uppsala, Sweden)
I've knit off and on for 38 years, never really mastered any but the long-tail cast-on. I'm copying all these links!
Mum taught me to knit. She also forgot how to cast on after some years of not doing it, and casting on is the part that slips my mind too. I don't knit very often.
My grandma taught me to crochet, though I can't for the life of me remember how. She also started my interest in needlepoint and cross stitch, which I enjoy the most, and still do from time to time.
2011-03-12 02:46 pm (UTC)
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