I am starting a new series soon. I am VERY excited about it, but a little nervous.
And I need your help.
I am going to take the plunge and learn to knit.
If you don’t knit, then maybe you can learn alongside me! We will learn together and share our triumphs and mistakes, and hopefully get a finished project and a new skill out of the experience.
If you DO knit, I was hoping for your help. If you are interested in being quoted in a upcoming blog post, would you mind lending your experience and expertise?
Fill out THIS FORM if you have some awesome nuggets of wisdom, and I will compile them all together in an upcoming blog post. My goal is the learn a whole lot before I get started, and hopefully inspire some of my crochet friends to learn a new skill, too (especially if they are terrified of all those loops like me).
Thank you for lending a hand!
I’ve always wanted to learn to knit. I’d love to continue following your journey! Thanks for linking up at Welcome Home Wednesdays, can’t wait to see what you have for us this week!
My best advice is be patient with yourself. You can do it. I also learned to knit at an early age (5) at my Great Grandmothers knee, I am not sure about crochet but she did both, but quickly forgot when I went home – after about a month. I quickly picked up crochet in my early teens and enjoyed that for many years before relearning in my 40’s to knit from my Mom holding yarn in right hand. Finally taught myself continental though still have problems with tension and still switch to yarn in right hand if tension really matters. Once you become comfortable knitting you will pick one as your favorite. For me it is ten projects in crochet for comfort to one project in knitting for the look.
I started knitting a few years ago. I just started crocheting this spring. I find crocheting more difficult, but love it. The most difficult part for both knitting and crocheting for me is doing everything in reverse of the pattern because I am left handed. So far I have crocheted a baby blanket and two pairs of sandals for my niece’s newborn baby girl.
The reverse thing is hard for me also and some things do not translate to left handed and look right. The one that comes to mind is some of the alphabet crocheted…
Knitting is a skill I’ve been wanting to learn there’s just not enough hours in the day!
I agree! I have wanted to learn to knit for years!
I just started learning myself. I am left handed and there are very limited YouTube videos. I have been crocheting for 3 yrs. And taught myself by watching YouTube… It does help knowing how to crochet when learning to knit. For me anyways.. Lol
That is good to know!
So when do we start?? :D
Soon! :D I am waiting on a knit kit I ordered :)
After you get the basic knit, purl thing and even out your tension don’t be afraid to experiment with different yarns and threads.
You can make a stitch lacier, tighter, use a yarn with sheen or thinner (so it can be layered ).
Whenever you can afford it buy an extra skein or hank, just in case you have to frog more than once and the thread doesn’t like it.
I have been knitting for 51 years and not all projects ended well but they all started with love and hope. And I always have a story to share with a fellow knitter.
I also crochet, cross stitch, sew,quilt, tat,needlepoint, and a few other things with crochet and knitting being what I spend the most time on in cooler weather. Hope you enjoy it.
I have no help … I’m in the same boat! I do know how to do one stitch in knit (knit? purl? I don’t know!) but beyond that, nothing. The thing is, I’m a visual learner and I taught myself to crochet from looking at diagrams in the Happy Hooker’s book. I was able to teach myself how to knit using her knit book but I couldn’t grasp how to change over to the other stitch (purl? knit? I don’t know!) so my knit projects have only been scarves with nothing to get excited about … so I’ve stuck with crochet. I’ll be looking forward to your knit series and hopefully I’ll be able to learn the other stitch AND do something pretty with them! :)
Well, I have never even attempted, so we will see what I can do with it. Hopefully I can be helpful to you!!
Since you are already a pro with a hook, two needles will be a cinch! I did the same thing. Tension is the most important, just like with crocheting. Not too together, not too loose, snug. Also, starting with size 6-9 needles’ a medium size,will help your feel. Watch someone else if you can. A tutorial video is great if you don’t have a live knitter to watch.
Like crocheting, the language and abbreviations will be easy to learn. You are great with crochet! You will be great with knitting!!!
Thank you so much!! I hope I can pick it up. My friend has been knitting with these tiny, lacy needles and I am just amazed. I think I will take your advice and start with larger hooks! Thank you for your kind words!
Ok. I read your blog on learning to knit! You are not alone in your endeavors! I just learned 2 weeks ago. Adamant to learn I asked a friend for an easy pattern for a blanket. And so you know because you can already read a written pattern knitting ones will be easy unless you have dyslexia. It makes reading them interesting, I am almost finished with my first knitting project which I totally botched the pattern and I didn’t know it for a week, by then I was to far done to pull out so I am finishing it. It looks good though just umm, not like the picture. I watched YouTube learn to knit videos with my yarn in hand. I don’t have much words of wisdom to offer, only encouragement! It can be done, and I like the videos that show you both ways to hold your yarn. Crochet and knitters way so you learn both methods. I’ve talked to other crochet/ knitters and they say they’ve came across patterns that they’re glad to know both methods. And the continental method is what I learned, recommended by many. And thanks for your time and effort into your crochet blogs and projects I enjoy them very much and look forward to some knitting pics and blogs.
Oh thank you so much!! This is what I needed to hear :) I am terrified, but I am adamant as well!! <3 <3
You will do well, because you want to learn. I learned when I was 13, from a wonderful Lady.But my tension was very tight, I got frustrated and put it away for a few years, Learned how to chrochet from and Aunt, and did very well. Then I went back to learning knitting and with hep from a dear friend, learned to knit two sweaters for my self and many baby blankets too. You will do fine. I am also left-handed but knit right- handed..
I will be learning along side of you!! Mother in law knows how to and is gonna pay for classes for us so she can improve her skills.
When I knit, I use jumbo needles – so used to the speed of crocheting, I get impatient with knitting. I find knitting hats (K1,P1 or K2,P2) makes a hat that’s stretchy – fits the head better. Chunky yarn and giant needles, make a hat = success. If that goes well, then graduate to smaller needles. For me – I head back to crocheting. I just could never get the rhythm going.
I knit and crochet, going to learn to tat hopfully soon.
Knitting is more relaxing for me but at first it was more stressful, I had to be more focused. Crocheting is faster, when I need a quick gift. Knitting I feel like I can take my time. Those are my long projects, my special ones for family and close friends.
I’ve taught all 5 kids now my grandkids needle art. When they are 5 and 6 I teach them to knit dish cloths, small project that they feel success. I use two different colored needles when teaching, they understand yarn over red or blue better than right or left. Using different colored needles you pick it up faster. I teach crocheting at about 8 or 9 when they have Mastered better hand coordination and have knitting down pretty well, hopefully they will stay with it. They pick up the crocheting fast and all have said they like it better, but when they get into their teens And older they come back to knitting to.
I LOVE they feel of a knitted project.
I just learned how to do a long tail cast-on a few days ago. I will definitely follow along with you on this new knitting journey! I was told that Continental knitting is easier for Crocheters because the yarn is held in the left hand as opposed to English knitting where the yarn is held in the right hand.
How do I get to you for instructions and encouragement on this forum??
There is a link to the form, in caps “THIS FORM”. Thank you!!
I crochet and knit both and those who knit only come to me for help, mostly for a dropped stitch. If you notice after several rows that you have dropped a stitch, go back with a crochet hook, pick up the
stitch gently and pull it through a row at a time till you reach the row you are working on. No need to undo all that stitching. Also when your project is complete and it curls up at the corners you can turn the project over and crochet a couple stitches and it will lay flat.
I know you will do well mainly because it is so much fun.
I’m a crocheter who recently learned to knit. I found it easier to knit Continental since I was already used to controlling the yarn with my left hand. Relax and enjoy the process… there are only two stitches to learn… knit and purl. ☺
I have been thinking about taking the same plunge, I see so many wonderful and creative knit patterns and woe is me…I cannot knit! Perhaps it is time to make the leap…I’ll be learning right along with you :)
I hope you do! Knitting has so many wonderful textures! Stuff you can’t do with crochet, so I am hoping I can pick it up enough to make a scarf by Christmas. Fingers crossed!
I. Learnt knit in 2009. 1 thing that helped me was learning continental knit.before my hands felt like in a fight.
Since I already crocheted I could still use left in a similar way
A 2nd thing was knitting washcloth. Small patterns so finis quick so could start another..so got to practice cast on…knit…purl….finish off in small time periods w/o forgetting in between
W/ knit ?may just b me)but I’d copy pattern on index cards.a line per card so Easter to follow(as I said may just be me but helps me organize n focus)