Learning how to knit: where does one even start?

Learning how to knit: where does one even start?

This summer, I started crocheting after learning as a kid and then forgetting about the craft.

I love the flexibility of crochet. You can make things that are so cool, you don't even notice they're crocheted. Like adorable bear-ear hats in Chicago Bears colors.

I'm working on some really great Christmas presents (well, great in my opinion. I hope the recipients agree!) and I love finishing these adorable little projects.

But ever since I spent three weeks scraping linoleum off my kitchen floor a few years ago, I have wrist pain, especially in my right wrist. Crocheting makes it worse, and sometimes I have to stop for a few days, just to give myself a rest.

My mom, a voracious knitter, suggests that craft instead, as easier on the wrists. I sort of pooh-poohed this idea until I checked out the book "75 Birds, Butterflies & Little Beasts to Knit and Crochet" from the library. Turns out, you can knit cool stuff, too.

So - my new goal is to learn (well, re-learn, although I was never very good) to knit. My mom said she would help me, but do any of you other knitters have good resources for learning? I'm open to just about anything, although my mom says that continental-style knitting uses the least wrist movement.

Also, here are some cool knitting projects I'd like to try, once I figure the whole thing out:

 

 

 

Source: flickr.com via Dandy Al on Pinterest

 

 

 

 

 

Source: bhg.com via Megan on Pinterest

 

 

Source: purlbee.com via Hannah on Pinterest

 

 

Source: oddknit.com via Cris on Pinterest

 

 

Source: zszywka.pl via Michelle on Pinterest

 

 

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DenaS wrote on September 12, 2012 at 10:09 am

Come to our Friday lunch knitters' group! There's a bunch of us who get together at noon on campus to knit. (Not this week, because most of us have got another meeting this Friday at noon, but we should be back to usual next week.)

If you're interested, email me? (I don't always get notifications on comments here...)

Also, both Ravelry and YouTube are great for instructions, but it's really really useful to be able to ask a living person who's sitting right there 'so how do I do this?'

Meg Dickinson wrote on September 12, 2012 at 10:09 am
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What a generous offer. Thanks, I will be in touch!

ray.pratt wrote on September 14, 2012 at 9:09 am

Where do you all knit on Campus?  My wife and sister-in-law would be interested.

Ray

 

ray.pratt wrote on September 13, 2012 at 4:09 pm

For anyone interested in knitting for a purpose......

After traveling to South Africa a couple of years ago on a mission trip, my sister-in-law (Jennifer) started a program called SNUGGLES (Supporting Needs of the Underprivileged thru Generous Gifts of Love in Every Stitch).  The program encourages folks all over North America to knit or crochet 6" squares.  Then, once Jennifer collects enough, we send them to South Africa.  At that point, women in one of the townships outside Johannesberg put the squares together into blankets for children.  In the past two years, we've sent probably over 10,000 squares to SA (in fact, we took 4000 with us in July when we all went down on a mission trip.

On Sunday afternoon, Oct 14th, at 3pm, there will be a "Stitch-a-thon" at the Bible Education Center in Lincoln Square Mall.  If you would like to help with this project, just come by for the afternoon.  We will be doing this once a month on Sunday afternoons, so keep an eye out for more announcements.... October will be our first month.  If you can't make it this time, but would still like to participate, you can always drop your squares of at the Bible Education Center, Tu - Thu from noon - 4:30, or Sat from 10am-2pm.

More questions?  Email Jennifer at snuggles.sa@gmail.com