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Begginers? A question – Começar? Uma pergunta

April 11, 2014

When I started to knit I had nothing more than some complicated 80’s French magazines for patterns. There was no broadband yet, no youtube and no ravelry. I learned from my mom mainly and it wasn’t until years later that I started exploring patterns and techniques from books and videos.
So I’m never very helpful when people ask me about the best books/online resources to learn how to knit. What would you recommend an absolute beginner, from today’s wealth of websites and publications?

Quando eu comecei a tricotar só tinha uma revistas francesas dos anos 80 com modelos complicados e mangas demasiado largas. Não havia banda larga, nem youtube, nem ravelry. Aprendi quase tudo com a minha mãe e só anos depois é que comecei a utilisar padrões e técnicas de livros e vídeos.
É por isso que nunca sou grande ajuda quando me perguntam quais são os melhores livros/websites para aprender a tricotar. De tudo o que há agora em publicações online e em papel, o que recomendariam a quem quer aprender pela primeira vez?

7 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2014 3:12 pm

    Ora ai está uma bela questão… Eu também comecei assim, mas parei muitos anos e quando retomei foi a net que me ajudou. Hoje em dia existe muitos mais mecanismos por ai, mas a minha opnião seria workshops, pois aliás também foi assim que iniciamos, mas os nossos eram gratuitos e dados pelos conhecidos. Também existe, para mim claro, um site que é uma enorme ajuda o knitting help que tem videos muito bem executados e que me foram uma grande ajuda.

    Bjs

    Mónica

  2. April 11, 2014 3:21 pm

    Neste momento, acho que o youtube está cheio de bons tutoriais mas para dizer a verdade “O grande livro dos Lavores” é sempre uma escolha acertada em tudo, é uma espécie de bíblia que aconselho toda a gente a ter😉

  3. catia permalink
    April 14, 2014 8:50 am

    Oh my god, I wrote an extensive answer with my favorite youtube channels and internet pages with tutorials and how-to’s, but I guesse it got lost. So here it goes again.

    I also learned the basics from family and friends when I was in my late teens, early twenties (portuguese style): long tail cast on, tubular cast on, purl, knit, decrease in purl and in knit stitch (but only left-leaning), increase (two different ones and I don’t know their names) and binding of. I also learned stranded colour work and basic cables, did some basic sweaters, all knit in the flat, and thought I knew it all😛

    Twenty years later I picked up the needles again and found reading english written patterns a challenge. I wanted to learn more, I wanted to do lace, so I found these sites very helpful:

    Youtube channels:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxhxVIZLyjMG9PdlKlK1hOA (portuguese style basics)
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC87gm82uEgi7tRVW1rZQ5Aw
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm9HEDnlAxxRcU90ATR0JvQ

    These can all be a challenge, since they are continental style knitting (except the first one), so I have to work my way around what I see to adapt them to portuguese knitting.

    There are also some helpful sites with tutorials:
    http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/video.php?sort=&thumbnails=&categoryid=1 (several languages available)
    http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&learnToKnit=1
    http://www.lionbrand.com/video/
    http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/learn-to-knit
    http://www.yarn.com/videos/webs-knitting-tips-and-techniques-videos/

    And there are many, many more.

    Have fun exploring!

    • April 15, 2014 12:15 am

      Wow! This is soooo useful! Thanks🙂

      • Catia Mendes permalink
        April 20, 2014 10:27 am

        Your’re welcome, keep up the good work, I love to read your posts and see the lovely pictures. I get the updates on my e-mail, as I do Rosa’s.

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