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Hello everyone! I'm trying to explain to a friend, in an email, how to do the seed stitch. The way that I think of it is this: If I end a row with a knit stitch, I start the next row with a knit stitch. If I end a row with a purl, I start the next row with a purl.

In trying to explain it in the email, I was going to tell her to read her knitting. However, I have come up with 2 different explanations online (interestingly, both on ehow.com). The first says in step 7 to "knit the knits". The second says in the tips and warning section to "knit the purls".

So, which are you doing?
Are you knitting the knits, meaning (in the case of seed stitch) that if you used a knit on the other side to get that stitch you knit it?
Or are you knitting a purl, meaning (in the case of seed stitch) that if it looks like a purl you knit it?

I am leaning toward "knit the purl" because that means the same thing if you're working on straight needles or in the round.

As a side note: I had to read this post about 10 times to make sure that I was saying what I wanted to say. And I changed it back and forth a few times. Hopefully I said what I meant in the end!


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craftylanie
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craftylanie
I guess the subject speaks for itself. Have you, in fact, ever taught anybody how to knit? If so, how did it go?

Someone has been mentioning to me that she would like me to teach her but I am by no means an expert and feel inadequate at best. She seems really enthusiastic about the idea though, so I'd hate to turn her down.

Oh and I'm getting rid of my Knitpicks Options set. You can go to my journal if you are interested in them. (They are so pretty that I hate to do it, but I'm a bamboo girl at heart!)

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crafty_pleasure
I just found this lovely link. It has some really good lessons on learning how to knit.

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failstoexist
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failstoexist
My mom wants to learn how to knit..I should say re-learn. She says she used to know. She knit leftie, but I am a rightie and can't even imagine how I would teach her to knit the way she used to. From posts here, it seems that many lefties knit the "regular" way. But I wonder if there is anyone who has any tips on how to make it easier for my mom. This way she won't have to reverse patterns, I can help her with any problems she has....but if there's a way to hold the yarn or something that makes it easier on a leftie, please let me know so I can show her. Thanks! :)

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gifa
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gifa
Hehehehe, Today I taught yet another co-worker how to knit...

Julie has been watching me knit up a bunch of stuff, and my co-worker, Kathy, who I taught knit up a bunch of stuff... and my supervisor, Liz... who I taught...knit up a storm... and last week she finally broke down and said she was going to learn. She wanted to make some house slippers but said she'd have to wait until pay day to get started...

But we went ahead and rummaged through some free patterns online, and she brought in the pair someone made for her before, and decided on The Shaker Knit Slippers. Then we discussed the type of yarn she'd need and "looked for it" online to see what colors it came in... We took notes as to which ones she seemed to be excited about and then Kathy and I conspired to get her started as a Christmas Gift. We chipped in and bought her the yarn, the needles and a crochet hook... Everything she needed to start and finish her project in time for Christmas.

We gave it to her this morning, and I taught her over lunch... I had to cover long tail cast on, knit, purl, slip and slip purlwise... She's already 6 rows in and doing great!

She's so happy!!

I'm so proud!

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sistercoyote
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sistercoyote
My fellow knitters - throw off the chains of "I can't do that yet!" "That's too hard!", and other phrases keeping us down:

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noveldevice
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noveldevice
A friend of mine has been wanting to learn to knit, but she's left-handed. Well, I took her to Joann's to pick out some needles and yarn, and then I sat down and she watched while I cast on and knitted a few rows, and then she picked up the needles and gave it a shot.

It was a disaster. Try as she might, she could not figure out how to replicate my right-handed motions left-handed, and she's very strongly lefty. So I took the piece back, frogged it out, thought for a second, and then threw a slipknot onto the right-handed needle, did a left-handed cable cast-on, and then knitted a couple of rows left-handed, with a certain amount of serious thought and hesitation. She watched carefully, and when I handed her the needle, she picked it right up.

And now I can knit left-handed. I will admit that my first thought was "Thank the gods, I will never have to turn and purl across a piece of stockinette again!" I think it will take some practice before I get to that point, but I can definitely see the practical applications of ambidextrous knitting.

Also, I bought an iPod mini today (pink) and then went and bought a skein of Trendsetter Aura in pink and Plymouth Encore worsted in a darker pink to make an iPod cozy. :)

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sarakate
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sarakate
I'm a pretty big knitter of socks, and fairly vocal about it in my local groups, and boy, has my big mouth gotten me into it this time. I've been asked to do a brief tutorial on something related to socks for my local knitting guild meeting, in August, which gives me some time to prepare, but meep! Public speaking is scary!

Anyway, since I think heels are probably the biggest "fear factor" part for new sock knitters, I thought I'd concentrate on that. I'll only have probably 30 minutes, at best, for the presentation, based on the length of time we have for our meetings and the amount of other business that always seems to need to get done, and that's supposed to include both an introductory sort of presentation and a hands-on portion for people to actually knit. What I'm thinking is that I'm going to put together a presentation board with more information that I'll have time to actually present or have people work through, so people can look at that during the milling-around and food parts of the meeting, and then also have a handout, explain generally about the parts of a sock and how turning a heel works conceptually, and then do one heel turn for the "hands on" part of the presentation.

Details follow.Collapse )Okay, now the questions! For those of you who haven't knitted socks before, especially if you were thinking about trying it, do you think this would be an interesting presentation, and helpful to you? Do you think it's enough that you'd then be willing to give socks a try on your own, or at least be motivated to sign up for the sock class at the LYS down the street from where the guild meets? If you're a beginner, is this so scary that you wouldn't even want to try it, even if you can do it all on straight needles and are coached, or would you be okay with it? For those with some experience, do you think I'm about right on this much work in this much time, or do you think I'm going to run absurdly short or absurdly long?

Any and all thoughts are greatly appreciated!

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odiens
hi everybody,

i recall a post similar to mine in nature being posted here once, but i couldn't find it when i searched. i am thinking of teaching a knitting class or two at hancock's fabrics in my town, and i have a few questions for anyone who has done this before:

1. how much should i ask for a fee if i am teaching knit, purl, make-a-scarf, and make-a-hat-on-circs?

2. do you think i can fit all this into two one-hour classes, or should it be longer?

3. any other tips you can think of for a first-time teacher?

thanks in advance!

*edit* thank you SOOOO MUCH for your replies! for some reason i thought it wouldn't take so long to teach knitting... how silly! and i really like the idea of making handouts/booklets. also, *especially* thank you to verymelm! that outline was really, really helpful. hancock's seemed to be very lenient on their class hours, but i will give them a call.

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