1.21.2009

WFMW: Knit/Crochet help

When I paid $15 for a beginner knitting class, I figured I would at least learn to cast on, knit, purl and cast off but no such luck. Then after the class she told me I was going to need four or more lessons to finish learning "just the basics." Well, I thought about how much yarn I could buy for $60 and decided I was going to try and see what I could get from a book.

Some things I got right away but there were those frustrating moments in between when I just couldn't figure out what they were trying to say. I needed to see the motion. I had been Googling stitches to read different explanations if I was stuck but once the little search box was set to YouTube not Google and I didn't notice.

It was perfect. There are a number of different videos of each stitch and you can watch them repeatedly until you figure it out. You can also see different ways of doing the same thing. Because I had already done crochet, I find continental-style knitting more natural but most of the written descriptions I found were for English style. It is hard enough trying to learn something new without having to adapt it at the same time so I love being able to view both methods. And it isn't just the basics; try searching for specialty stitches or different methods of casting on, there are so many things out there to learn from. While I already know the basics of crochet, there are lots of videos for that too. And at a cost of nothing, it beats expensive lessons any day and it definitely works for me.

7 comments:

Carrie J said...

I've learned quite a few things off YouTube. My son uses it to learn difficult guitar riffs. It is a great resource.

Rebekah said...

You should check out knittinghelp.com She posts videos for continental and english knitting so you can watch both.

Amanda said...

...just what did they teach you in the class then if not the basics?

MacKenzie said...

I learned to cast on and how to do the knit stitch. But without learning how to cast/bind off I couldn't even finish a square, let alone try to make any stitches that used purling. I have pretty much figured our purling although I'm not good at it. The project I am working on is just knitted all rows (called the garter stitch). Overall, knitting is pretty easy but the terminology makes it sound confusing.

Free10007 said...

Brilliant, I have been wanting to learn granny squares & can't find lessons in my neck of the woods. (And it is tough to learn this from a book.)

MacKenzie said...

I like granny squares. I've never made any myself but I think they have a great vintage quality to them but if done in the right colors, can still look modern.

aggierudy3 said...

I would love for you to come knit/crochet with me sometime! I love having someone to talk with while I work. And I feel so productive getting something done while chatting.