Hello - I know this has probably been covered time and time again, but I wanted to ask for help getting started based on what I currently have.
I am a 44 year old male who watched some video about men that knit a year ago and couldn't get it out of my mind. My wife thinks I'm crazy, but I want to knit my own scarf and hat...I hope I'm not the only guy on the forms.
I went to a local shop and she sold be the following as a beginner setup:
- A set of TAKUMI US 9 5.5mm Clover needles (bamboo)
- A set of TAKUMI 7 4.5mm Clover neeles (bamboo)
- A bundle of Kertzer "Norther Worsted" yarn with the following details:
100g +- 210m
3.5oz +- 230 yds
She didn't have any books in stock and only did lessons every other weekend...so, I came home an bought Amy's app on my ipad...after a few weeks, I gave up - the long tale cast on flowed wonderfully, but my knots were too tight, and I could never get past the first row of knits.
I believe I was trying to learn English at that point, based on what the lady in my local shop recommended.
It's the holiday time again, and with some vacation time and a need to unwind, I'm back for my second attempt.
so this year, I'm trying continental - and while I have no idea what all knots are out there, I'm just trying the basic knit - the one that is knit on both sides, and lays flat...for a scarf.
I'm using the same gear, and have the same issues - my cast on is tight and I can't get the knits to flow. I know I have to keep practicing, but I have to wonder if I need different needles or yarn...or any other guidance?
Sorry to be long winded - but this relaxing hobby is driving me crazy!