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I've never herd of amigurumi! I had to google it! hahaha Those look so awesome. I hope my skills become that advanced lol. I have a question for you, what are the best knitting needles for someone new. I got some last night but they are extremely
I've never herd of amigurumi! I had to google it! hahaha Those look so awesome. I hope my skills become that advanced lol. I have a question for you, what are the best knitting needles for someone new. I got some last night but they are extremely LONG! They are like a 4mm I think...
For knitting needles, smaller ones are better for just starting out, especially as you're getting a feel for how to hold them in your hands. I would have gotten either 7 or 9 inch needles to start knitting with. The longer ones are fine, you just might find that it feels a little stranger to try getting used to them.
When you first start knitting, you're going to want to focus on only a few different things; learning to cast on (get your stitches on your needles to begin knitting with), the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and casting off. Making something like a scarf is a great way to start off with knitting. There's a site called KnittingHelp.com
. I go there when I need to try to remember to do various stitches and if I'm stuck on something. There's a forum to ask questions, there's videos to watch, etc.
Reading up on things is awesome. A lot of books have great information and photos to help you get started. What I have found is super helpful, is watching videos online, especially for the crocheting. I'm new to crocheting (have been knitting for well over half my life), and the videos are really helpful. You can find them all over YouTube.
Patience is super important when it comes to starting off with something like this. You're going to mess up, you're going to drop stitches, do the wrong stitch, you'll probably cry and get pissed off and never want to touch it again. I've been there, I've seen it happen!
A lot of people say that crocheting is easier because you're dealing with one stitch at a time whereas knitting deals with many stitches on the needles. Once you have a basic idea on how to do one, the other comes more naturally, in my opinion, even though the needles and way of working them are so different.
Before starting, read the book. Become familiar with different terms. Then start small. Focus on one task at a time. If you're crocheting, start with the chain stitch and do that until you've mastered it, then move onto the next thing. While it's fun and exciting to think about all the things you'll be able to make, you want to become super familiar with the basics to avoid frustration and messing up.
I'm always around if you have questions or get stuck. I can point you in a good direction if I'm not able to help you with something.
Sorry for the book, but wanted to just add my take on things!