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Knit One, Purl Two; To Go
updated: Jan 31, 2013, 8:13 PM

Can someone suggest a private knitting instructor who will come to my home?

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CardigansLinda GrandLoop & Leaf

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 COMMENT 369635 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 08:20 PM

How much and what do you want to learn? Also, where are you located and do you like 2 year old children?


 COMMENT 369648 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 08:49 PM

which style?

Continental here


 COMMENT 369658P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 09:12 PM

Great question! I've been wanting to have someone teach the kids and I how to knit. They are old enough now (13 and 12) to follow detailed instructions for a decent amount of time and would love the natural reinforcement of seeing/wearing/gifting scarves, hats, etc.

Knitting, sewing and crochet skipped 2 generations in my family and I am limited to replacing buttons when they fall off.


 PAMSB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-01-31 09:41 PM

How about we all get together for a class? Seriously, I have tried the local knitting stores and they have NO patience for rank beginners. I went to one and spent over $100 on supplies and books and they said they would me happy to teach me. So, I showed up for the " personalized class" and there were experienced (I mean EXPERIENCED!) knitters sitting around, all old friends/acquaintances, knitting away, and I was told to "here, do this, it's easy, hold here, stitch this, see?" and left over in the corner to my own devices. I was so lost and felt so stupid that I just left and crept home with my purchases, never to be taken from the bag...sigh. So, I, too, would love to have someone very patient to teach me how to knit.


 COMMENT 369688P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 12:09 AM

I bet if you put a "Wanted" ad on Craigslist some patient knitter (or her friend) would see it.

There are loads of people now who would just love to make a little extra cash.


 COMMENT 369699P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 06:17 AM

Email Trish: knitsbks@cox.net — she's awesome. She teaches a class on Saturdays & I'm betting she'd be happy to come to your home.


 COMMENT 369707 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 06:54 AM

PAMSB - I taught myself to knit about 10 years ago using a very basic book and have since inspired and taught several friends and my daughter to knit. Some have stuck with it while it was a passing interest for others but since that time I have been looking for a group of knitting friends to share experiences, patterns, yarn, and time with with no success. Part of the problem is that I still work during the day and would like to find a once-a-week evening group at this time but will be retiring fairly soon and have more options. If you would like to get together, how do we do this?


 COMMENT 369733 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 07:37 AM

I am a self taught knitter too but I watch U tube & another website & that has been helpful too. If it is just the basics you need to know I would be happy to show you.


 COMMENT 369797 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 09:07 AM

Adult Ed has a knitters class, beginners welcome, and they have a lot of experienced knitters in the class one can learn from.


 ARCHIE agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 09:16 AM

Linda Grand is offering a knitting class through her Blue Moon Art Classes. I know you said at home, and her very small classes are offered at her studio, but thought I'd mention it anyway- just in case of interest.


 COMMENT 369806 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 09:18 AM

Go to Cardigans or Loop and Leafi


 COMMENT 369808 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 09:26 AM

I have ventured into Cardigans and Loop and Leaf and always feel like I've walked into a private party... and very unwelcome.


 COMMENT 369810 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 09:27 AM

There are only two basic stitches in knitting. Combining these creates many wonderful patterns. You can do this! I've been knitting since I was 6yo, so it comes very easy to me. I highly recommend that you learn the continental method of knitting, because IMO it is a lot faster and easier. (Disclosure - yes -that's what I learned and use and watching the other method it just seems to me like so many extra movements and also looks like your right hand would cramp after a while as it's "doing all the work").
Just did a Google search for beginning videos and this site looks like it has some good instruction videos. http://www.knittinghelp.com/
Good luck with your learning. I hope you will stick with it and get through that initial learning until you find it relaxing and zen and fun.


 COMMENT 369836 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 10:02 AM

Those are all the regulars and can be shy around newcomers. Just ask


 COMMENT 369848 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 10:19 AM

Make sure you watch a few videos and decide on a style.

My mom would not let me learn in the US because she did not like all the hand stitching and way the yarn is wrapped. The "American" style seems to be much much slower.

I knit "Continental" so the yarn passes with out all the stops to wrap etc.

My suggestion is to get a set of size 8 to 10 needles and some yarn and sit with YouTube and find what you like.

I have added a ton of patterns, methods and designs by watching videos.


 COMMENT 369860 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 10:33 AM

Thanks for all of the suggestions regarding private knitting classes. It appears many are interested in learning how to knit! I'm not interested in teaching myself from a video.I only want to learn with others who are truly beginners!


 COMMENT 369889 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 11:24 AM

Loop & Leaf has Knit 101 on Sundays from 11-12. I've found them to be very helpful and patient.


 COMMENT 369898 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 11:36 AM

Or we could pick a park and meet and teach each other.

The Edhat Knitters Club


 COMMENT 370082 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 07:31 PM

Gosh, I wish there was a way to get together. I know nothing, but truly want to learn. I used to crochet, but want to knit...



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