Hi! New to knitting, also scarf advice?


I started knitting a couple of weeks ago, and so far have completed two Lion Brand Thick & Quick chenille scarves. It’s just a stockinette stitch all the way, really. So I decided I want to make another one, and I like the chenille, but I want a stripey one. From what I understand, to change colors for fairly wide stripes, you have to change yarn each time? So each color change will have ends hanging off, right? Also, if I use smaller needles, this will result in stitches which are tighter, meaning it will be less “see thru” when spread out, yes?

That’s it for the stuff I would like to know fairly quickly… In the long run, I have a few more questions about general organization, equipment, etc. I am practiciing with scarves, but I would eventually like to branch out and make hats, socks, and arm warmers! I have been a bit disappointed with the two beginner’s books I got. I probably need a better beginner’s book, and I certainly need some “equipment”. What do y’all suggest as a good “basic inventory” and a great beginner’s book?

Thanks so much!


Yes to everything in your first paragraph! See? You’re learning already.

I’m not too familiar with the beginner books out there, so others with more knowledge can advise you on that!


I started the new scarf in olive and black. I knitted the first two with size 11 needles. This one I am doing on size 8. As near as I can tell, the gauge is 4 st per inch, although if I start making things other than scarves, I will need to find a really good illustrated guide to gauge checking. The other scarves seemed to be at 3 st per inch. So this one should be longer and skinnier, the more so because it will also have more yarn! I was a little wary of using the smaller needles because the yarn is bulky and I thought it might not be so good with way smaller needles than are recommended, but it seems to be turning out fine, so I guess it’s ok!

Of course, if anyone has anything they wish someone had told them when they were first beginning to knit, I am SO all ears.

The best beginner book I have seen so far has to be ‘Stitch n Bitch’. If your public library doesn’t have it, it is worth the money to buy it. There are also several very good instructional web-sites worth the time to find.
Try http://www.learn-to-knit.com/
and http://www.knit-o-rama.com/gettingstarted.html
and http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/pac_ctnt_nobanner/text/0,,HGTV_10680_17864,FF.html
also try http://learntoknit.lionbrand.com/
Most all yarn and needle manufacturer’s web-sites have instructions about knitting and crochet, as well as free patterns. After all, they want your business, and what better way to get it than to freely teach you how to use their products? Seek, and ye shall find. :thumbsup: