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Best type of Yarn and Needles for a Beginner

post #1 of 13
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I just picked up "Knitting for Dummies," and I want to learn how to knit, but I don't know what type/size of needles and yarn to get.





Any suggestions? Remember, I have never knitted before...
post #2 of 13
I'm interested in this too, as I've considered getting into knitting.
post #3 of 13
I wanna learn to knit! I know how to crochet, but not how to knit!
post #4 of 13
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Now all we need is someone who knows how to knit to see this thread...
post #5 of 13
I know a bit. It's best to have someone who knows how to show you how to start.



Just pick up any cheap skein of yarn to practice with. You can even go to thrift stores and get used sweaters and unravel them. I did that once. A lot of work, but cheap considering how much yarn you get.



I think metal medium sized needles are as good as any to start with. Just go to a yarn store and talk to them. Knitters are nice people.



Remember to keep at it. Do it a little every day so you don't forget how to work it.

There are many knitting clubs or cafes around now, where you can sit and get a cuppa coffee and knit with others. http://www.stitchnbitch.org/
post #6 of 13
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Originally Posted by jwnyc View Post

There are many knitting clubs or cafes around now, where you can sit and get a cuppa coffee and knit with others. http://www.stitchnbitch.org/



That's part of the reason I wanna learn... there's this cool little store here called "sip and knit," where you can get a cup of coffee and chat with other knitters while you make something! How cool is that?!?!?!



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post #7 of 13
Knitting for Dummies is actually a really good book to start with. You might want to try out some books geared toward teaching kids to knit too. They are very straightforward and usually have large pictures that make it easier to see stitches.



I'd try starting out with wooden knitting needles actually. They are easier to hold and the yarn want slip/fall off the end of the needles as easily. Also, with metal needles a lot of times your hands will begin to sweat and make the needles slippery. Wood looks cooler too .



Any yarn will work well, but you might find it easier to use some that isn't particularly fuzzy or really dark colored. It's easier to see what you're doing with a light, solid colored, non-fuzzy yarn.



Oh yeah, check out your local Park and Rec catalog of classes. A lot of them offer beginning knitting classes. That's where I learned to knit; I didn't personally know anyone who did it. The class was really helpful.
post #8 of 13
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Thanks .
post #9 of 13
I find that thinner needles are easier to use than thicker ones as a general rule, tell us how it goes.
post #10 of 13
don't know does this help http://knitting.about.com/
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post #12 of 13
I started out with thinner metal needles - I got about a size 8, I believe.
post #13 of 13
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Originally Posted by rincaro View Post

I wanna learn to knit! I know how to crochet, but not how to knit!



It's the other way around with me. Someone tried to teach me how to crochet, but I never quite grasped the concept.



I reccomend Red Heart yarn. It's synthetic fiber (non-animal and CHEAP) and comes in lots of pretty colors!!!

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