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Date: 4/28/14 9:54 AM

I have been trying for years to learn how to knit but it's just so hard to teach casting on to myself. Without that, I couldn't learn anything at all! I've known how to crochet for years, so I got it once I got going. I got lessons from a woman in the admin office at my school. I learned I think it's called a garter stitch and the purl stitch.

It was fun and I'm looking forward to practicing some after finals. But to be honest....I feel like crochet is a little faster. XD the hook makes it easier to me, I found myself wishing for a hook occasionally while knitting! (although I totally got that having a hook would've made the knitting part impossible. XD) But it's fun to have new skills :D

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2014 resolution: keep track of sewn yardage!! I'm subtracting fabric given away from my yardage in. Yeah!
In: 94.5 yards
Sewn: 73 yards

I'll try anything once :)

Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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Date: 4/28/14 10:50 AM

YAY!!!!!!

I learned to crochet first (years ago). I could not (COULD NOT) teach myself to knit.

I found a class for $20 at a local yarn shop and picked it up fast.

Crocheting -is- faster but you can do things with knitting, imo that you can't get with crochet.

ENJOY! :)

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Date: 4/28/14 11:19 AM

Good for you! I have always knit and never crocheted. I now mostly focus on socks. So many pretty patterns and sock yarns out there, and they are small enough to be portable to carry your WIP in your bag. Welcome to a new obsession!

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Date: 4/28/14 1:00 PM

I learned how to knit about 1 1/2 years ago. I took a Craftsy class. The class starts you out knitting a lacy scarf with a buttonhole. After that anything seemed easy! Ha!

Since then I have knitted blankets, hats (I made up my own pattern, don't ask me how - I just sort of went for it), and baby sweaters.

My husband says I look very relaxed and in my own world when I knit. I think he doesn't know that I am just counting and trying to concentrate so hard.
I really like it.

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Date: 4/28/14 1:10 PM

That is so exciting. Once you get the hang of it you will love to knit. I like to do both. I knitting a hat and a scarf and mittens for my granddaughter.
You will soon start looking at patterns I want to make this and that. Get the Basics down Knit everyone scarfs. Those are easy.
Potholders are great to and everyone could use them.
Have fun learning.

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Date: 4/28/14 1:31 PM

Welcome to the knit side! You will gain speed with practice and knitting uses less yarn. :o) If you are right handed & when you crochet you hold the working yarn in your left hand, you will become MUCH MUCH faster if you learn to knit Continental style, where you hold the working yarn in you left hand. There's loads of help online for this. I learned to do this about 15 years ago and it has saved my hands!! Also, if yer not on Ravelry.com, you are missing out!

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Date: 4/28/14 1:34 PM

Quote: frame
I learned how to knit about 1 1/2 years ago. I took a Craftsy class. The class starts you out knitting a lacy scarf with a buttonhole. After that anything seemed easy! Ha!



Since then I have knitted blankets, hats (I made up my own pattern, don't ask me how - I just sort of went for it), and baby sweaters.



My husband says I look very relaxed and in my own world when I knit. I think he doesn't know that I am just counting and trying to concentrate so hard.

I really like it.

Knitting, crocheting, sewing are all very relaxing for me. Even when I'm working through difficult parts. I think it's because it forces you to be only in the present - no ruminating about the past or worrying about the future.
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Date: 4/28/14 2:22 PM

When I was in class I CONTINUED to default to holding the yarn in my left hand (from crocheting). She stopped class, showed me continental, and I've been doing it that way ever since. It is soon much easier, faster and not as hard on the hands -- I agree!

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Date: 4/28/14 2:34 PM

Thanks everyone!

My family each has loooong long wool socks for Christmas stockings. But my vegan sister and brother in law don't have stockings because they don't do wool. My goal is to be able to make them their own cotton or acrylic versions for this Christmas :D

(My bigger goal is to learn to knit a sweater........ XD)

I think I ended up picking it up Continental anyway? Maybe? I'm not sure. XD I hold the yarn on the left needle and wrap with my left hand, simply out of crochet habit. I do keep finding myself wrapping the yarn on my left hand as though crocheting on occasion xD

Detroy, that is so poetic. I think that is a lot of why I like sewing and crocheting tooand now learning knit to add to that! ^__^

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2014 resolution: keep track of sewn yardage!! I'm subtracting fabric given away from my yardage in. Yeah!
In: 94.5 yards
Sewn: 73 yards

I'll try anything once :)

Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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Date: 4/28/14 2:45 PM

I just watched a video on continental knitting....holy carps that makes so much more sense to my crochet brain!!

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2014 resolution: keep track of sewn yardage!! I'm subtracting fabric given away from my yardage in. Yeah!
In: 94.5 yards
Sewn: 73 yards

I'll try anything once :)

Please excuse my typos...sometimes it is harder to go back and edit on mobile than it is worth!

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