What an incredibly sweet boyfriend! I just started a week ago and I’m 12 inches into a pink scarf for my little girls.
I’ll need encouragement too, so we can help each other. I don’t have anybody IRL to talk to about this, so I really do need internet friends…
My tiny bits of advice from the perspective of being EXTREMELY new:
Do internet searches for things you don’t understand, and if you can’t find it (like “hand” as a description, is a very hard thing to search for), ask. Suzeeq and Jan in CA have been awesome to me.
Go slowly, practice, watch your work carefully, use stitch counters (you can use drinking straws cut into little circles for a MacGyver’d stitch counter), use lifelines (just a thread through where the needle goes along one row, so you can frog back to it without losing ALL your work), and be aware that you’ll probably have to redo it a lot of times while you’re still new; pulling out rows is called “frogging” and everybody needs to do it from time to time. Pin a safety pin to the “front”. Oh, and have a crochet hook, in case you drop a stitch.
Don’t use tiny needles at first. I’m using size 5 and every inch is a mile. Don’t use strange or lumpy thread until you’re used to knitting. Don’t use wool on anything that needs to be machine washable (it will “felt” and this is actually used to advantage in some projects, but I have a 2 year old and a 5 year old, so I’m using acrylic).
I already want to try “mistake rib”: k2p2 however many times, then k2p1 at the edge, but I haven’t practiced purl yet. And the “Irish Hiking Scarf” which is a very pretty cable.
@Jan in CA: How long does it take to knit a sweater, once you get better?