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Monday, June 6, 2011

Learn to Knit to Save Money!

If you're anything like me, you're always looking to try something new in the cloth diapering world and you want to do it cheap in case you hate it. Lol. That's what prompted me to want to learn how to knit. I really wanted to get some of the cute wool shorties and longies I kept seeing everywhere but I really DIDN'T want to spend much on them. So I started looking around for ways to learn to knit. At first, I tried asking a few friends but no one could teach me in the amount of time I wanted to learn. When I want to know something, I want to know it now. I don't want to wait a week. And I really love to just dive into my newest projects. Who cares if I really KNOW for sure what I'm doing? I'll figure it out, right? Lol.

So I started looking on google (what did we do without google before it was invented?!?) for videos and tutorials to teach myself how to knit. I knew I couldn't just read my way to becoming a knitter. I would need to see the different stitches in action. So off I went, first looking to learn how to attach my yarn to my needles to start and then finding out how to cast on after that. Since I already knew how to crochet, I figured it wouldn't be that great a leap to learn to knit. After all, it seemed to me you were doing something similar but using 2 needles to get the job done rather than one, right? Not really. Lol.

As I looked online, I discovered that there are two different styles of knitting: English and Continental. There are also a bunch of different stitches that I needed to learn (though I already knew several in crochet, so it wasn't a great mental leap for me to consider learning several in knitting as well). Just FYI, I am a continental knitter, which means I hold my yarn in my left hand, very likely from being a crocheter for so many years.

Enough story-telling. I'll move on to giving you the sites I visit/visited the most. I encourage all of you to check these out and give knitting a shot! It can be really fun. And honestly, it seemed to me that once you "got it" you "got it." It was just a matter of taking enough un-interrupted time to figure out the various stitches. After that, practice, practice, practice! The pictures I'm including here are some of my first knitted projects, just so you can see for yourselves how I did. And yes, those dolls are supposed to look like that. Lol. They're Sackboys from the game "Little Big Planet" for the PS3. My kids adore them and sleep with them every night! J

Here's the sites:

  1. http://www.knittinghelp.com/

  2. http://cache.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&learnToKnit=1

  3. http://www.ravelry.com/

  4. http://www.knitpicks.com/tutorials/Beginner_Tutorials__L1001.html

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