Learn to Knit Introduction

Let’s Knit: Introduction to Knitting + Tutorial Intro

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Michael Sellick, known online as 'Mikey', I am the founder and leader of The Crochet Crowd. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet and play with yarn.

26 thoughts on “Let’s Knit: Introduction to Knitting + Tutorial Intro

  • February 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm
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    Hi Mikey, I love your stories. I love your teaching, too. Everyone think I can crochet and knit, NOT!!!. My journey started similar to yours. I would watch my grandmother quilt, sew, and embroidery and dream of doing the same. My sister use to do macramรฉ, pot holders (you know what I am talking about) and embroidery. Never taught any of it. I read Better Homes and Good Housekeeping magazines at doctor offices and other places for ideas. That is as far as it got. My grandmother gave me, age 16, a cross stitch Christmas ornament to do. It was a cross mess so I threw it aside. I got sicker and sicker which mean more reading those magazines (ripping out pages and sneaking the whole thing, shhhhh). I picked up cross stitching around 18 1/2 to 20 (don’t really remember). I caught on fast, by 21 I was cross stitching and embroidering art work.

    Also at 21, I start working at a local hospital. There was a guy there who crochet doll clothing and sold them to make extra money. I wanted to learn how to do that. I found this old lady who had a home yarn shop and she told me that knitting was easier. She talked me into getting the stuff and paying her to teach me how to do a sweater (now I know from other knitters that was a big mistake). Well my arms were…let’s just say it was a hot mess. I also stop going because she had early signs of dementia (cannot spell). So that stayed in my closet hung up. I tried the books. So I also do a bee line when it comes to knitting stuff. I was given a sunflower afghan kit with a flower loom from another lady’s son. I tried to make them, I did not know how to crochet (only knowing how to chain and follow direction), but I was working that flower loom. About age 39, I got the loom knitting kit and found Pinterest and turned that sweater into hats for my Mother’s Morning Out class. Everyone loved it and wanted me to make them one.

    Then it got into scarfs. This is when I met David, Tanis, then you. Y’all taught me how to crochet the right way. I am still learning and still looking at knitting patterns (dreaming). So, I been ready to go to the dark side and knit, just need someone with me.

    • February 15, 2017 at 4:25 pm
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      I also use to only do needlework when I am upset, hurt, or sick. I feel the same way, “Crochet has meditation built into the hook. It has validation of creativity. It has instant gratification. It can be challenging to exercise your mind. It can be rewarding to be acknowledged by crocheters.” GMTA!!!!

  • December 1, 2016 at 10:12 pm
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    I loved reading your story, Michael. I shared a little of my history with both crafts on the FB page a couple of days ago, and if you get the time, you can read it. A few similarities. I also gravitated towards crocheting because I could control it, it was easier to fix mistakes, and the results looked so much better. I had to chuckle when you talked about those long snakes from spool knitting. I never let them get too long because my mom and I soon figured out there was not much use for them. So much today that you can do with them…glad that has changed. My mother did not know how to knit or crochet; the lady across the street taught me, and she was left-handed. Red, short, double-pointed needles. I made a lot of headbands that looked like crap because I increased and decreased stitches without knowing what I was doing. Plus I only learned the knit stitch, never learning to purl. I finally learned to crochet after getting out of college, and I loved it! Anyway, I figure since you are picking up the needles and learning, so can I. I remember being so proud of my mom when she took a knitting class and learned to make a gorgeous sweater for herself. I was amazed! Delightful journey we are embarking upon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • November 25, 2016 at 12:12 pm
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    I would like to make knit socks. What is a great knitting place for beginners on socks with circular needles.

  • November 25, 2016 at 10:30 am
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    I’ve been knitting for 12 years and love it. I’ve been learning to crochet with you so any help I can offer knitting, let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

  • November 25, 2016 at 10:07 am
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    I learned to both knit and crochet around age 9. I dropped both at around 11 or 12 and picked crochet back up at about 25 (I’m now 45). I’ve tried to pick up knitting again several time over the last few years but my very adept crocheter’s hands just can’t grasp what to do with two long, pointy sticks. I discovered the Knook – where a hook and long thread replace the two knitting needles. I can hold the hook and fabric the same as when I crochet, but it’s knit. I love it. Also, just bought a knitting machine for those items that I prefer the look of in knit rather than crochet.

    All my best to you as you try to learn knitting. With your determination, I bet you’ll be clicking right along in no time.

  • November 25, 2016 at 9:08 am
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    You are such an open person. Thank you.

  • November 25, 2016 at 3:23 am
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    I think you’re a perfect person to teach beginners to knit. Being a new knitter yourself you will understand exactly how every newbie feels, and what you find intimidating, will be scary to everyone else too. Every hump you have to get over is beneficial because you can expect those same questions from someone else. A person who has been knitting all their life might have the experience to recommend specific yarns or techniques to perfect a project, but they won’t have the recent experience of the learning struggles to teach someone how to overcome a problem. I’ve been a crocheter for almost half my life, and have only been knitting for about 2 years now, the hardest part is making mistakes and not being able to just rip it back to the error… you have to plan in advance for that, learning how to spot a mistake will make you more confident, and once you know how to fix a mistake, you’ll be all set… so go ahead and make a bunch of mistakes… and then learn how to fix them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and if you’re like me, you might find the English method of knitting much more comfortable than the American method, since right-handed crocheters hold the yarn in the left hand as in English knitting.

  • November 24, 2016 at 10:48 pm
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    Thanks Mikey for introducing knitting, i can do anything else apart from knitting so for me this is the best chance for me to learn
    Xxx

  • November 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm
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    Hi Mikey,
    Thank you for sharing your story. I felt so bad about those kids breaking your loom and making you feel so bad. Where was the teacher?
    On a different note, you are the reason I am finally able to crochet and love it. My mother tried to teach us kids how to knit and crochet as children, but I never caught on. My mother and both sisters know how to do both. Ma is going to be ninety years old, and is still crocheting and knitting till her hearts content.
    I will be coming to visit you and Diva Dan , in Dallas at Michaels . Can’t wait to meet you.
    P.s. I watched your Christmas decorating video. I liked how you hung the balls in the window. Did you use fishing line? I will ask you in Dallas. Great idea though .
    See you in Dallas. I live in SugarLand, about four hours away , but I plan to be early

  • November 24, 2016 at 8:02 pm
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    HI Mikey ,
    Thank you for sharing your personal life and knowledge. I learnt to crochet from your videos, and have found something I truly love and stick to. I to only know a little bit about knitting. My mother and sisters do both crochet and knitt. Although I will try at some point to knit, I want to know how to crochet patterns first, and learn more about crocheting in general. I also love the fact that crocheting is faster and easier to correct mistakes.
    I am coming to Dallas to see you and Diva Dan. I can’t wait to finally meet you.
    P.s. I enjoyed watching your Christmas decorating video. I was thinking that you used fishing line to hang the balls in your window. Nice idea.

  • November 24, 2016 at 6:29 pm
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    I’ve been trying to teach myself to knit for years and just can’t seem to get it. If anyone can teach me, it’s you Mikey, no pressure tho, lol. Looking forward to learning along with you in 2017. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • November 24, 2016 at 5:39 pm
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    Knitting takes tons of patience…… it has no instant gratification to it…… however it is very very worthwhile and I would strongly urge you to get some decent needles….. I personally love the ease and convenience of the chiagoo red circulars……. no long needle to fumble around with and if you need to take a break you can slide the stitches back onto the cord and sit it down without any hessitations. plus you will already be ready when you decide to leap onto larger or longer or even round projects!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • November 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm
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    Mikey
    I understand where most of you crochet come from but I’m more knitter than crocheter only because I have trouble with granny square patterns my biggest problem is in right hand so I knitt right hand but my daughter pointed out I crochet with my left so with me patience as I learn it again my grandmother and aunt taught me both just enjoy your projects and have fun.

  • November 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm
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    Yes, children can be so cruel. My daughter was bullied at school because she’s a redhead so I changed her school.
    You will be fine with knitting. I can do both, nothing fancy but I can read patterns ok. I have to agree that some things do look better knitted than crocheted. I always thought I preferred crochet because I tend to be impatient and like to see quick results…but in recent months I have leaned towards knitting again and have to say I am really enjoying it. Two things I cannot do though no matter how hard I have tried…cable stitch and using double pointed needles. I figure that being in my 60s I have managed this far without them so don’t need to learn them now.
    I have a reasonable stash of yarn and my biggest problem is either not being able to decide what to make with the yarn I have or not having the right yarn or quantity for what I want to do!
    A lot of people will have opinions on how you should do things (how to cast on, holding the needles and yarn etc) but you’ll find out for yourself what feels right for you. I look forward to following you on your knitting journey, Mikey. Good luck x

  • November 24, 2016 at 2:48 pm
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    Mike, I so desire to learn to knit correctly… but Im a leftie… my mother gave up on me so I taught myself.. She had my arms crossed and elbows above my head and i knew this was terribly wrong… I also taught myself to crochet and i crochet like a fiend…and to tat which is a lost art within itself…
    I can knit and i can pearl… but when it comes to a patterns and then the instructions Im so lost. I try tofollow them abd when finished.. it looks odd, unlike the picture offered.. kind of inside out and backwards… So I would love to do this.. and try again now that i have time to concentrate as Im a granny now… Like i said i so want to learn to knit. MLe

  • November 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm
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    Hi Mikey,
    Thank you for this!! I feel the same way about knitting, it just never felt natural the way crocheting does. But, learning new things is good for everyone, and in 2017 I’m looking forward to learning to knit from you!

    Thank you for all that you do,
    Kathleen in NY

  • November 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm
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    Okey dokey – here’s a few suggestions from someone who mainly crochets (self taught) but knits enough to get by (again self taught) – meaning the ruffle scarves, cotton dishcloths, simple cardigans for beginners, hats and regular scarves that started as practice strips for a new stitch.

    Use short needles with decent points (I love the lightweight aluminum ones in various colours…mainly vintage but I have a vase full of sizes) – use point protectors, even a rubber eraser, like pencil toppers will do for a start to keep your stitches from falling off the needles. Long needles are cumbersome and a royal pain in the backside.

    Search out good youtube videos that teach you knitting the way you teach crochet…and remember if you like the technique but the voice drives you crazy, the pause and mute buttons will get you through it. It’s the technique you want to keep for a lifetime, not the person on the screen.

    Start with good cotton like Peaches n Cream and Bernat (you know where to find them)…Make practice squares in garter stitch , knit, turn, knit, turn, knit, turn….that can be used as kitchen dish cloths or wash cloths – or if they’re really not something you want others to see, under the sink in the bathroom they go, but use them.

    Practice squares for stitches like basketweave and make a strip for the table, or sew a few together for a lapghan, save squares for a knit stitch sampler and make a couch blankie for Riverstone.

    And your best tool is right at your fingertips – with a great team that probably knows enough about knitting to field any questions you’re not comfortable with.

    And lastly, since The Crochet Crowd is about crochet mainly, you could anchor a Knitting Only post at the top and TEACH members to USE IT instead of the regular Visitor Post area where knitting questions could get lost with the daily crochet posts. And if knitting questions show up in Visitor’s a friendly nudge comment directing them to the pinned knitting post would be helpful. And if you have the technology to do it – just relocate their knitting post to the pinned knitting post and let your crocheters who knit help out these members. Even letting them know in the anchor post that you can’t be there for them to answer most knitting questions, but the community can.

    Lyd

    • November 24, 2016 at 10:49 pm
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      Lydia you are wise beyond years. I love your response and your tips for beginning knitting. I always enjoy your posts. I got a small set of knitting needles in the round from Spinrite as a promo gift a few months ago. Learning along with Mikey may be the perfect time to put them to use!!

  • November 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm
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    Thank you. I pretty much feel the same way toward knitting. I can do the knit stitch and “garter” is my go to for making scarves…the mainstay of my knitting. You just taught me how to crochet so now I will learn to knit with you.

  • November 24, 2016 at 1:32 pm
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    I grew up in VT where my grandmother taught me to knit at age five. Sixty-five + years later I now live in NC. I still knit and crochet. Some of many years of insights about knitting and crocheting:
    * knitting takes less yarn than crochet
    * knitting creates a denser fabric than crochet
    * knitting has snob appeal (never knit with cheap yarn)
    * knitted garments are warmer than crocheted
    * northerners knit, southerners crochet
    * crochet is faster than knitting
    * crochet is better for afghans, rugs and other home accessories
    * crochet mistakes are easier to fix than knit mistakes
    * crocheting is faster than knitting
    * knitting and crocheting compliment each other, often in the same project
    * being able to do both is the best solution!

    Am proud of my Nova Scotia and Vermont roots, and my NC adopted home!

  • November 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm
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    Wonderful article. I learned to knit first and love it. As you said some things look better knitted. Crochet also has its place and now I need to learn more about crochet. Doing both is best. Knit on Mikey!

  • November 24, 2016 at 1:17 pm
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    You’re doing it!
    I am blown away with how fast you are learning to knit. ?

    – Shandeh

  • November 24, 2016 at 1:10 pm
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    I just recently learned to knit after two years of struggling to get it. I am making dishcloths and it’s been exciting to me and led me to decide that I could try broomstick lace finally. Because if, as a crocheter, I can knit, I can do anything.

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