Knitting

Discussion in 'Hobbies & Crafts' started by Jeanee Burke, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. Jeanee Burke

    Jeanee Burke Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2017
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    54
    I am thinking of taking up knitting or crocheting. Seems like it's a rather inexpensive hobby. Any other knitters out there?

    My mom was great at knitting and a perfectionist, too. So she really made some remarkable things.
     
    #1
  2. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Greeter
    Moderator Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    5,848
    Likes Received:
    8,683
    I enjoy both knitting and crocheting, especially in the winter when the weather is cold and dreary, and a person can't really do much out in the yard. I think we might have some threads here in the hobby section by others in the forum who enjoy this kind of easy pastime.
    I like to make small projects that I can finish easily, like socks and slippers, and little throw rugs.
     
    #2
    Jeanee Burke likes this.
  3. Jeanee Burke

    Jeanee Burke Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2017
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    54
    I will probably make things that I can finish easily, too. I guess I can probably get info. on Amazon.
     
    #3
  4. Patsy Faye

    Patsy Faye Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2015
    Messages:
    9,710
    Likes Received:
    10,791
    Wish I could knit but moreso wish I could make my own clothes :)
     
    #4
    Jeanee Burke likes this.
  5. Holly Saunders

    Holly Saunders Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2015
    Messages:
    31,635
    Likes Received:
    9,651
    I can knit and crochet, but I don't do it any more, I get bored with it too quickly!!.. I'm typically a very impatient person so that probably has something to do with it...
     
    #5
    Jeanee Burke likes this.
  6. Kitty Carmel

    Kitty Carmel Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    May 9, 2016
    Messages:
    1,302
    Likes Received:
    1,210
    Yes, I knit. I learned the basic garter stitch, casting on and off when I was 7 or 8 and that's all I knew how to do until my early 40's. I bought one of those teach yourself to knit books and learned to purl (which I hated at first, I felt like I was knitting backwards) and other stitches. Free things on YouTube and tons of free patterns on Ravelry.
     
    #6
    Jeanee Burke and Yvonne Smith like this.
  7. Babs Hunt

    Babs Hunt Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2016
    Messages:
    7,072
    Likes Received:
    8,979
    Someone tried to teach me to knit once...and as long as I could just knit a straight piece I didn't do to bad. But the time in my life that my friend was trying to teach me knitting was just a season to full of raising my own kids and taking care of other kids with a Home Day Care I started in our home so I found I just never really got into knitting.

    My friend also taught my daughters and me Cross Stitching which I did find we all enjoyed and gave us something to share together.

    I like to sew baby quilts and blankets most of all.
     
    #7
  8. Chrissy Cross

    Chrissy Cross Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2015
    Messages:
    17,857
    Likes Received:
    16,674
    My grandmother taught me knitting and embroidery when I was young...I enjoyed it when I visited her. I taught myself to crochet and did that in my 20's and 30's but after that I never did any of those things again.

    I did try crocheting awhile back but just couldn't get into it.

    When my grandsons were babies those homemade blankets where you just cut and knotted the ends were popular and I did a few of those but I really don't enjoying doing sewing type crafts....at least not for a very long time.

    @Babs Hunt ...I could only knit straight things also....my first project was an ugly scarf for my hubby for Valentine's Day.

    He wore it though...out of love ❤️
     
    #8
    Jeanee Burke likes this.
  9. Jeanee Burke

    Jeanee Burke Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2017
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    54
    Thank you for the information on YouTube and Ravelry. This is the first I have heard of Ravelry. I knitted when I was very young, too, but forgot how.:D
     
    #9
  10. Kitty Carmel

    Kitty Carmel Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    May 9, 2016
    Messages:
    1,302
    Likes Received:
    1,210
    You're welcome. Ravelry has tons of free patterns. Whatever you are looking for just search with free and you will find a lot.
     
    #10
    Jeanee Burke likes this.
  11. Terry Page

    Terry Page Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Aug 12, 2015
    Messages:
    4,766
    Likes Received:
    9,814
    I was taught knitting as a child but like @Holly Saunders I am an impatient person so found it boring. My mother was always knitting and being a "loose" knitter everything turned out twice the size, ;) I had an annual Christmas jumper/sweater that would hang down below my knees, :eek: .... I recall my father (who like me was a gadget person) bought her a knitting machine once, which though it worked well she never really took to, mainly because it defeats the relaxing nature of hand knitting...
     
    #11
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2017
    Holly Saunders and Yvonne Smith like this.
  12. Jeanee Burke

    Jeanee Burke Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Aug 10, 2017
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    54
    That's good to know Kitty! Sounds like you really have a hand on knitting. ;)
     
    #12
  13. Ann George

    Ann George Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2017
    Messages:
    823
    Likes Received:
    116
    I too am learning to knit and a few months ago took a class at a local Michaels craft store. The teacher highly recommended The Knitting Answer Book by Margaret Radcliffe as well as the Ravelry website. My sister also suggested watching how to knit videos on Youtube. I'm making progress, albeit slowly, and hope to have something to show for my efforts by Christmas. :D
     
    #13
    Yvonne Smith likes this.
  14. Kitty Carmel

    Kitty Carmel Very Well-Known Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    May 9, 2016
    Messages:
    1,302
    Likes Received:
    1,210
    I hope you are enjoying kitting. I just checked and the site "knittinghelp dotcom" is still up. I used a lot of their videos to learn different increases and decreases.

    I like YouTube also. I often have to go through a few videos until I find the one that works for me if I am looking for any how to video but people have uploaded a lot of help in those videos.

    Search for "suspended bind off" on YouTube also. It's a great casting off technique.
     
    #14
    Ann George likes this.
  15. Ann George

    Ann George Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2017
    Messages:
    823
    Likes Received:
    116
    Thanks Kitty for your suggestions... every little bit helps!
     
    #15
  16. Maisie Walker

    Maisie Walker Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2018
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    104
    I started knitting when I was 9 years old and it was on 4 needles then. Mainly balaclavas and gloves and socks for the troops.That was nealy 80 years ago.I only wish I could do it now but with the Rheumatoid Arthritis I cant hold the needles now. Many things are now knitted on circular needles to save a lot of sewing of seams but it can get very heavy for those who have problems with their arms.
     
    #16
    Don Alaska and Patsy Faye like this.
  17. Von Jones

    Von Jones Veteran Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2015
    Messages:
    3,443
    Likes Received:
    2,123
    I watched my grandmother and Mom knit, crochet, embroider, and sew. Couldn't lay hands on any of it, their projects in the making I mean. I taught myself by watching them until I got it right. Still today I can't knit anything straight unless I purl or use a circular needle. I tried counting stitches and still crooked. What's up with that? Reading how-to books just doesn't help either.

    I throw my not-likeable hats into my granddaughters toy box and they were them proudly or carry other toys around in them.:)
     
    #17
  18. Carol Knott

    Carol Knott Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    May 3, 2018
    Messages:
    19
    Likes Received:
    36
    Yes, I enjoy knitting. I pick it up and knit daily for a few days or weeks, then leave it for a while. Thing is, I'm not all that skilled, but what the heck. I've knit for charities, and for friends and family. It can be expensive if you get carried away with buying high end yarn, but if you shop at Hobby Lobby or Michael's it is very affordable. And utilitarian, to boot!
     
    #18
    Babs Hunt and Yvonne Smith like this.
  19. Yvonne Smith

    Yvonne Smith Greeter
    Moderator Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    5,848
    Likes Received:
    8,683
    Welcome to the forum, @CarolfromTX ! We have several people here who enjoy knitting and/or crocheting, and I am one of them. It is kind of an “as I feel like it” hobby for me, too. Usually, I knit in the winter when it is cold and miserable outside, and in the nice weather, then I can do outdoor things and enjoy the sunshine.
     
    #19
  20. Betty Jones

    Betty Jones Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2017
    Messages:
    71
    Likes Received:
    89
    i crochet--mostly aftgans--i have a turbo knitting machine that i make scarves and hats for charity--i also crochet shoulder warmers for nursing homes
     
    #20
    Babs Hunt and Yvonne Smith like this.
  21. Ken Anderson

    Ken Anderson Greeter
    Moderator Registered

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2015
    Messages:
    10,037
    Likes Received:
    13,560
    Which kind of Afghan do you crochet?

    afghan-rug.jpg afghan-dog.jpg afghan-person.jpg
     
    #21
    Yvonne Smith and Babs Hunt like this.
  22. Betty Jones

    Betty Jones Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2017
    Messages:
    71
    Likes Received:
    89
    the ones you wrap up with ----- i dont crochet dogs
     
    #22
    Ken Anderson and Yvonne Smith like this.
  23. Denise Richardson

    Denise Richardson Active Member
    Registered

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2016
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    54
    Years ago I would knit children's house shoes and they loved them. It's been so long since I did that I don't remember how now. Since then, I have taken up crocheting. Now I crochet what I call "chemo blankets" and give them to the people that is taking chemo treatments so they can stay warm during the treatments. I enjoy doing this for them and they enjoy it also.
     
    #23
    Yvonne Smith likes this.

Share This Page