New to knitting.

I only started to learn to knit several weeks ago and I really haven't gotten to far into it. I have basics down pretty good, but the only thing that is holding me back is that I am finding that it takes a while to finish a project. I also just learned to crochet and that is a much quicker medium, but I do enjoy knitting much more.

I'm just going to have to learn to have some patience and not rush it. I have so many ideas running thru my head at the moment that I can't concentrate on just one thing at a time. hehe.

Well anyways... Wish me luck and I hope I can find some help and moral support on here.



Celowin's picture

There are several knitters here that have about your level of experience, myself among them. I think you'll find this a welcoming and supportive community.

Try to think of your knitting as a way to escape the pressures and hastles of the real world. Make your knitting (or crochet) a relaxed enjoyable pass time.

Yes, knitting takes time, and yes, but remember, the knitting is the thing; the finished projects happen to be cream!

I've been crocheting since I was a child (I'm 43 now) and knitting for just almost as many. I find that i prefer to crochet afghans and scarves; i prefer to knit socks, scarves, and sweaters and vests. Aftera while you'll develop your own preferences, too!


Serge664's picture

I have the attention span of a bumble bee, but still love to knit.

to make things better for me, I usually dont work anything under a 10 1/2, and prefer the really big needles.

but I will use small needles for smaller projects, like hats and gift things.

I have been knitting for many years and have only just finshed my first ever hand knit sweater - and it was on 17s.

so dont get discouraged, you can find a way to make it work for you. after you have the basics down, you'll be able to master the speed.

Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

MMario's picture

I'm not sure crochet is a faster medium - I know that it takes me about the same amount of time to do equivilant projects.

When I first started knitting on a regular basis (I learned both to knit and crochet 40 plus years ago - but only started to knit on a regular basis about 5 years ago) crochet was much faster; but I think that was experience.

welcome to MWK - we have moral support in abundance; immoral support on demand; and probably more advice, opinions and comments then anyone really desires.

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NizateCO's picture

Oh really... I only attempted a single crochet stitch, so that's probably why I can flew through crochet. I just learned to crochet the other night and it took me only like an hour to make a square that it would have taken me 7 or 8 hours to make if I knitted it... I really dont like the way crochet looks with this yarn, so I am going to tough it out and continue to knit it..

brghtbear's picture

Well I know where you are! But what I did was to set goals for myself and it made the dizzying effect of what to do, what to do, die down. I don't have a great attention span either, but when I focus on stuff I really focus. So goals and one project at a time keeps me sane.

By the way I just started using needles like 2 weeks ago. It has been fun!


I know what you mean about having too many plans to work on at once. Buy a little notebook and write down all those creative ideas you have or techniques you want to try. Make little sketches, write down where you saw an interesting pattern, etc. That way you have a record and won't lose those ideas while thinking of three other things to try.