Have any of you taught someone to knit before? My stepmom would like me to show her (we live in different states but are taking a short vacation together in a couple of weeks).
What do you think the best size needles and yarn to start with would be? I think I learned using some larger needles - maybe size 13? And I learned with bamboo straight needles. Does that sound good or should I start her with something used more often like size 7s?
I am left handed and knit Continental; she is right handed. I plan to teach her Continental, although I can knit English, too. I generally just use English if I am doing stranded work. And I am going to try to get through casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, and casting off.
I am hopeful that if I can get her going with that, I can refer her here to look at videos if she gets confused later. However, I find that people seem really resistant to just hopping on here and getting started without in-person instruction, at least the people I have talked to who expressed an interest in learning to knit.