Was teaching a classmate how to knit

Was showing her continental-style (trying to, anyway) two other classmates are knitters but knit English style and were observing “my way” and were fascinated. One of them watched carefully and said my way seems faster/easier. I told her it’s awesome if she learns to do both, will come in handy (read that here somewhere.) I was careful to be diplomatic about the styles of knitting, and explained to the noob I was showing that she should use whatever style works for her, could by my way or English knitting or something else (Eastern?)

I found it hilarious I’ve only done two dishcloths and two garter stitch scarves and a noob thinks I’m some kind of expert. :roflhard:

No matter what stage you are at yourself, there will always be people who have more experience than you and people who have less experience than you. Compared to where your friend is at right now, you [I]are[/I] more experienced. Just because you feel like you’re a “beginner” yourself doesn’t mean that you don’t have anything to offer others who are just learning … we’re [I]all[/I] continuously learning!

Who knows, maybe the tips/advice you’ve offered will be the thing that gets her interested in learning more about knitting! :knitting:

I referred her to this site, the videos here helped me out a lot. Another friend of mine can only crochet. I looked at some crochet vids on youtube, it’s a lot more complicated! Next time I see her I’m gonna show her how to Continental, since crochet = yarn in left hand? In any case, I’m useless to show anyone English style, since I can’t do it. :smiley:

Yep, it’s very helpful to learn both. When I started I could only knit english…continental just eluded me, but I pushed it and now I can do both equally well.

It’s not really fair to say one is better than the other so you did very good being diplomatic. :thumbsup:Everyone should knit with what they feel comfortable with. :hug:

I pretty much only crochet, and to tell you the truth, I think it is much faster and more entertaining than knitting. To me, knitting seems much slower and more complicated (directions etc.) than crochet. Just my opinion.

Hi! :waving:

What’s a “noob”? :slight_smile:

Also, here’s a great tutorial on continental knitting, the best I’ve ever seen and it helped me sort out some confusions on the subject.


Hope this helps!


It’s internet slang for the internet slang, “newbie,” someone who’s new at something.

I think it’s a big boost to your confidence to learn all styles of knitting. I prefer to knit eastern or combination, but I can knit continental if I have a lot of decreases and just don’t feel like messing with the conversions. I need to learn English for knitting with color. I’ve watched the videos and it really does seem to make it a tad bit easier.

That’s my favourite Continental video (besides the ones on this site) it helped me a lot!

I’ve been told that noob in a combination of “new” and “boob” at the same time, thus you get noob. It’s a way of saying someone is new and stupid at the same time.

I’ve been told that if you aren’t trying to be rude that you should put it as “newb”. Just a shortened version of “newbie”

I just think of it as being an alternate spelling of “newb” like l33t or something.

Anyway, I was showing yet another classmate how to cast on lol. I showed her long-tail cast-on (only one I know how to do…) She and our fellow classmate were LOLing over the fact I carry a small amount of yarn/my small kiddie needles in my backpack, too.

Hey, you never know when you might run into someone who wants to learn.

I’ve crocheted since the age of about 10. I’m 52 now. Knitting always eluded me until 3 years ago. Crochet is faster, easier by far, and you get results and completed items quicker.

I can make a crocheted baby blanket in a few days, where as if I knitted one the same dimensions it would take me atleast 3 weeks.

Each craft has its’ different charm and place and it’s good to know how to do both.