I haven't taken any classes either.
I learned to knit from the Klutz Knitting Book. You know, those kid kits for arts n' crafts. The book actually was great and had tons of great close up pictures. It came with size 8 needles, a tapastry needle, a crochet hook, and a couple of buttons, and some varigated blue acrylic yarn.
I was able to cast one but when I tried to knit somehow I ended up with double the stitches so a co-worker helped me do the knit stitch and I learned the purl stitch (after much much much practice) from the video on this site I was surprised that only 1 person on my staff knew how to knit. I guess I figured since my mom and grandma knit that everyone else did too. I never asked my mom to teach me to knit but I don't remember my mom knitting tons, but she did make baby blankets for friends and co-workers.
I have no idea if my formula is right. I teach math, so it just seemed to make sense to me. But perhaps I am a bad math teacher if someone corrects me and tells me my "formula" is crazy :oops:
Another very very very fabulous book I have is, 'how to teach yourself to knit visually.' After flipping through so many instructional knitting books I felt this was the best one that goes from beginner instruction to intermediate instruction. Excellent explanations and tons and tons of pictures of real hands holding yarn and stuff. the back of the book also has some patterns orgazined by beginner and intermediate projects.
The book that inspired me to begin knitting as a hobby/passion was 'the yarn harlot' by stephanie mcphee. I wasn't even a knitter yet but I kept seeing that book everywhere I went so I finally picked it up and by the time I had finished it I had bought the Klutz Kit and some yucky acryclic yarn at Michael's. (I hadn't discovered my amazing local yarn store yet)
Ah, so that is the story. I haven't knitted in several days but I am content that I know how. I am fixing to knit a pillow cover for my dogchild Benjamin. It will be a birthday present