Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Knitting videos

Captain’s Log, Stardate 02.21.2007

The beginning knitter’s gold mine

Knowing little about knitting, except fuzzy memories of what my mom taught me when I was a kid, I searched the web and found this FABULOUS site:

http://www.knittinghelp.com/

The web editor is a videographer, and she’s got tons of videos on how to knit. Even better, she shows each knitting technique in both the American knitting method and Continental (German) knitting method.

I only knew the American method, but after watching the videos of the Continental method, I switched to that instead. It’s so much faster and easier.

The way you hold the yarn in the Continental method is also very similar to crocheting, so I recommended it to my auntie, who’s great at crocheting and wanted to learn how to knit.

The website goes into all the things a beginning knitter would need to know, such as casting on, joining yarn, binding off, etc.

For this novice knitter, this site is priceless. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and thought I might give it some link love.

A few other sites that are helpful are:
Knitty.com
Knitter’s Review
Lion Brand Yarn “Learn to Knit”

Any other knitters want to chime in with favorite websites?

6 comments :

  1. Nancy the RomancechickWed Feb 21, 12:10:00 PM 2007

    I knit Continental style. I learned with I was in the Army and visited my Danish penpal (that I'd had since I was 12!). I've started knitting socks recently. I don't really have any favorite sites, but I do run across knitting blog now and then. They're kinda fun!

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  2. I'm a knitting fiend. I'm mostly self-taught with the exception of some lessons with my grandmother at age 5, but I retaught myself when I was in my late twenties. It appears that I taught myself the continental method just because it feels more natural for me. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for posting this great link. I learned a few new techniques from it :)
    Thanks!
    Nicole

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  3. My wife's website: www.theknittingsite.com
    also has a lot of videos, plus she's offering a DVD to teach basic techniques.

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  4. Thank you for sharing that site! After watching several of her videos, I've decided to go buy a set of knitting needles and hot pink yarn tomorrow :D

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  5. I knit Continental too. I was taught by a German lady, and it was very easy for me to pick up since I already knew how to crochet.

    I like reading The Yarn Harlot's blog. She's hilarious!

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  6. I'm new to knitting and can't wait to look up all of these sites! One of my favorite websites also has a few basic how to videos that give great tips on knitting.

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