Welcome to Knitting Help!
- Obviously some projects call for a large number of cast ons (I’m guessing because the project is wide) like a blanket! so all of this will not fit on the needle. Is it okay for them to slide off.
NO, you don’t want your stitches sliding off. If you’re making something large then you use circular needles with a cable attached and the work rests on the cable. I never use straight needles anymore since you can use circulars for both flat knitting and circular.
2.Also I am having trouble with reading patterns. Is there a sopt here to learn how to do that?
There might be a site to learn, but really it just comes from practice and learn as you go.
You can learn about patterns by looking at the glossary and and asking questions here as they come up.
- Also I need to know what type of needles I should buy. Something general for many projects. and the best yarn to buy!
To start with you can learn with straight needles or circular and in wood, plastic, or metal. It’s sometimes easier to work with wood or plastic at first so they aren’t as slippery, but it doesn’t matter. Start with size 8 or 9 needles. Use a smooth, light colored yarn in worsted weight.
First learn the basics of knitting and purling by just casting on about 25 stitches and just do garter stitch (knit on both sides) for awhile. Then practice knitting a row, turning and purling on the other side for several inches. That makes stockinette. In other words get comfortable with the needles and yarn.