I have been crocheting for over 30 years but decided I would like to learn to knit this summer. Surely I could do it. It couldn’t be that different or hard to learn. Besides I like to learn something new every summer to keep my brain sharp.
But first I was headed to visit my mother-in-law. While I was there my sister-in-law who dos some of the most amazing cross stitch and quilts asked me if I would be interested in some yarn she had from various projects and some knitting needles. Are you kidding me? I can use any length of yarn in my scrap blankets or for the children’s art projects. But needles! There was just what I needed to learn knitting. She had books, kits, everything!
I had brought 2 crochet projects to finish so I did them first while pondering the knitting. I like to let the yarn and ideas work a while in my head first. But finally I was ready to try it. Holding the thread in my right hand is very difficult for me after years of crocheting. So I did what my grandson likes to suggest and Googled “can I knit holding the yarn in my left hand?”. I found this http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=86526 This has a name, continental knitting! Now to find some videos.
I looked at some sites but went back to this one From here I was able to watch the stitches being done. The videos were well filmed and short enough to allow m to learn on part of knitting at a time. After 4 hours of practise and watching I had casting on and the knit stitch down.