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December 23, 2011



My mom taught me to knit almost 3 years ago, she had just taught herself a year prior. I sort of taught my husband to knit, he was not as interested as he had thought.


My Scottish grandmother and my Shetland aunts taught me to knit as a child - including knitting in the round. All those beautiful fair isle jumpers (sweaters). I still have a couple.


I've been knitting about 30 years. My grandmother taught me to crochet 40 years ago and I've been crocheting and knitting ever since. I love knitting socks. It's a great way to try out a stitch pattern on a small area.


My fifth grade teacher taught me to knit--we won't discuss how long ago that was! I believe I continue to enjoin fiberarts because there's always something to learn.


My mom taught me how to knit about 25years ago. I knit about a sweater a year for many years. Then about 9 years ago I became obsessed after learning to knit continental and having a 2 year old that just wanted me to sit with her and watch her play for hours. Knitting kept both of us happy.


I learned how to knit (and crochet) when I was a kid. Then relearned from a friend when I was in graduate school.

I've taught knitting classes in the past, so I've taught many people to knit. I find the act of teaching to be a great learning experience.

I have found that being creative is an essential part of my life, and since I love all things fiber, any of the fiber arts are what I want to be creative with.


5 years this month!


Can it actually be 70 years since I first held a crochet hook? An Aunt of my Aunt taught me the chain stitch when I was when she saw how fascinated I was watching her crochet doilies with white cotton and a steel hook. For a year, all I knew was making chains until she came for a visit and taucht me other stitches. I taught myself how to knit when I was about 11 and have been learning since then. I taught my daughters..and sons..and at a craft shop and at an adult school. I knitted my first socks when I started college.


My grandma Hall taught me to crochet when I was 4, and I stayed with it into my early 20's. Then I had friends from Finland and Austria who taught me to knit. I didn't take off with that until about 13 years ago - wow, that sounds like a long time to me! While I can still crochet, my heart is all about the knitting.


self taught myself to knit 25 years ago! and I'm still learning new things.


I've been knitting about 9 years and am self taught.

emily cossins

I learned to knit in Feb at a local yarn shop. I haven't taught anyone .


My great aunt taught me to crochet when I was in grade school (1950's). I taught myself to knit from a pamphlet when I was in college. I knitted off and on for a few years, then went on to other crafts. About 8 years ago I rediscovered knitting when a co-worker asked me if I could teach her to knit. Some of us went to a LYS, and I couldn't believe all the wonderful new yarns I had been missing! I soon discovered sock knitting and now I can't put it down. I have encouraged others in my family to knit. I son learned from his girlfriend, and my husband took a class to learn.

Socks are my best love, but I enjoy making many other things, including sweaters. Joining Ravelry has expanded my knitting horizons.


My mother taught me to knit when I was about 7-8 years old. I started knitting a lot when in high school and haven't stopped yet (now in mid-40's). I'm inspired to continue knitting due to ever-changing yarn,, needles and especially seeing new patterns. The best is to have a combination of relaxation and challenge with knitting. And still discussing it with my mother on a regular basis.


A friend taught me to knit at an "Art Girls' Night Out" about 5 years ago. I am amazed at what I can make from a little "string" with some needles or a hook. This year I am starting to learn how to spin.

carol fun

My dear Grandma Damon taught me to crochet when I was about 7 years old. I only learned to knit about 3 years ago and I can't imagine a life without yarn!

Maya (MayaMoonie)

I have been knitting since I was a wee one. My mom taught me on one red needle and one green one, because I still didn't know the difference between right and left. I don't know what age I was, but that should give some idea :)
Ever since then I have been teaching whoever will sit still long enough how to knit. I have no idea if anyone stuck with it, but hopefully I am part of some good memories out there.

Deedee Winters

I started crocheting at age 13. I always wanted to learn to knit, so when I was 30 I bought a book and taught myself. I am 58, so I have been knitting now for 28 years and crocheting for 45 years.


I learned to knit from my mother, when I was about eight. It didn't stick then, but when I was in college, I re-learned from a friend, and knit off-and-on until four years ago, when I made a New Year's resolution to get back into knitting and to knit my first sweater. I have been totally obsessed with knitting ever since, and I now consider myself a Knitter with a capital K.

I think the reason I love knitting so much is the combination of the lovely colors with the textures that my knitting produces.


My mother taught me to knit when I was around 10 and when I was sick would knit in bed ,knitting nothing just practicing knit and purl.. In college I started knitting seriously and now more than 50 years later am still knitting . I taught my daughter to knit and she can knit circles around me. I love to knit and socks are a passion . My sock preference is toe up .

Diane E.

I've been crocheting & knitting since I was 16. I taught myself how to do both from one of my Nana's old how to books she bought from Woolworth's 5 & 10 store. All trial and error till I got it right. My first crochet project was a rainbow colors ripple afghan. My first knit project was a knit baby sweater for a cousin of mine's first baby.

hannah gaffney

been knitting for about two years, my grandmother taught me! i adore fibre cos from knitting I've gone on to learn felting, spinning, dyeing! it just keeps rolling lol!


My grandmother taught me to crochet when I was 10. I learned to knit a little after that. I crocheted off and on for several years then started really learning to knit about 6 years ago. I teach others whenever I can. I'm teaching my 8 year old granddaughter to sew, knitting and crocheting will be next. Can't wait!


I have been crocheting for about 40 years. I have known how to knit for about 35 years but have only discovered my passion for it (and sock yarn) in the last 3 or 4 years. I am now an addict!


I was taught to knit by a good friend about 12 years ago. I have taught many others, but none of them has the bug as bad as me. :-)


Gosh it must be over 40 years since I first touched a pair of knitting needles. Mum tried to teach me, but it just did not really click. A little while later I went to say with my big brothers fiance and her Mum showed me and it clicked and away I went.

What keeps me going, beautiful yarn stash, and wonderful patterns that I want to make.

Mary G Garcia

An Aunt taught me to knit 60 years ago. Things have really changed in the knitting world. It is something I love to do, I have taught many a young girl to knit. The yarns are so beautiful today and so I'll continue to knit until my hands no longer work!


I don't remember who taught me to knit. I was just a child, and it was either my mother, a neighbor, or (long shot) my grandmother. This time I've been knitting for about six years. As I get better at it, my mother becomes more certain that she was the one who taught me!


Off and on for over 50 years! My grandma taught me when I was a little girl. Then I stopped while in college. Picked up agin in my twenties and have been going ever since. It is my form of relaxation and meditation.


When I was in 1st grade, over 50 years ago, my first grade teacher knitted the entire class mittens. I loved my red mittens, and I loved the teacher. I decided right then and there I would knit just like her someday.


I taught myself to knit and crochet in high school. I dropped out after a fer years in favor of needlepoint, counted cross stitch and quilting. I rediscovered knitting about 10 years go while on vacation at the beach-and, as they say, the rest is history.


I learned to crochet first, probably by age 7. Mom taught me. I learned to knit by age 14? Mom taught me.
After that it was cross-stitch and tatting and spinning and pergamano and back to knitting, all self-taught.
Now at 42, I have been knitting continuously for 8 years, and it seems to have stuck. I don't want to transfer back to another craft.


I've been crocheting for 23 years, knitting for about 10. I taught myself from books. Same for tatting, quilting, needle lace, cross-stitch, hardanger and other embroideries. For bobbin lace, I took a couple classes. I've been sewing since I was little. I do a very small amount of weaving. I also have been spinning for the last 12 years, and have a certification from a 6-year spinning program.
Every new thing just spurs you on to something else. There's no end to the fiber arts. There's always something new still to learn and because of that it never gets old or stale. I do teach formally but I also demonstrate various places as a volunteer. I love talking about fiber arts to anyone who will listen!


I have been knitting for 5 years now. A very good friend/adoptive mother patiently taught me knit & purl. Now my LYS knitting guru, Jen, is my knitting tech support. I have taught about a dozen people to knit. Now I am learning to weave & spin.


My grandma taught me how to crochet 33 years ago when I was five years old. I taught myself how to knit about 15 years ago. I couldn't tell you why I'm still drawn to fibers, they're just something I love.


A friend taught me to knit in college in 2002, and I've been knitting ever since. I taught my mom to knit, which has been fun since it's something we can share together. I like that it's relaxing, that I can knit something simple while reading, or something complex while in the car, and that in the end I get something functional that makes a great gift.


I've been knitting for 7 years; i was taught by a coworker. I taught a knitting class last summer; 12 ladies took the class. Out of that class I founded a knitting group and we've met every week ever since. Yarn keeps me inspired. Making something functional out of two sticks and a pile of string still amazes me.

LN in TX

My mother taught me to knit and crochet in the early 1970's. I only knit now, being inspired by the gorgeous yarns that are now available.

Mary Jo D

I was encouraged by my aunt 40 years ago at the age of 16 to knit. She was a very accomplished knitter and I had admired her work. I have been knitting off and on since that time, knitting heavily for the past 10 years. I taught two of my sons to knit (they knitted gift items to impress girlfriends) Most recently (August 2011)I taught my best friend from high school days to knit as a way to help focus on something positive in her life. She just gifted me with a beautiful neck warmer that she knit especially for me! I will knit for the long-term as I love the process of knitting, from finding the pattern, then the fiber and then working out the actual pattern to completion. It is a way to relax and I love knitting for the people I love!

Jill Love

About 6 years. I took a class at Park and Rec and just kept taking classes!


I learned how to knit Christmas 2006. My Mom taught me to knit that Christmas by purchasing and casting on a scarf in bulky yarn. Crocheting off and on for a few years. I have never taught anyone to knit. What keeps me knitting longterm is the pretty yarns and being able to wear scarves and socks that you wont find any other place. I also like to knit as a means to relax. And at the holidays I love to give away my knitting. Seeing a smile from someone who you gave a handknit something to is so great. Love it

Carla in MT

ummm.. crocheting, since 9yrs old, so that is 45 yrs... Taught myself. Mom gave me a how-to book , a steel hook , and some crochet cotton. She showed me how to chain, then I took it from there. Knitting, tried it at the same time, but it never made sense. Until 7th grade, and a friend showed me how. Gosh, it was so easy!! Been doing it ever since.

Abby M

I've been knitting for 10 years, crocheting about 15 years on & off. I just love learning - there is so much to learn & try. I learned to crochet from my mom & I learned to knit at a program in my dorms in college :).
Can't wait to try some more cookie a socks!

Kris p

I'm self taught. Started 9 years ago. I love working with the different fibers


I've been knitting for five years and learned the knit stitch from another mom while we were attending a 4-H meeting with our kids. I taught myself everything else after that with the help of numerous books. I tried teaching my neighbor's granddaughter this summer and will be teaching my son's friend how to cable and knit in the round during Christmas break. What makes me continue knitting? I love creating beautiful and useful things with my hands.


I learned to knit when I was 8, and I'm now 45. I've taught both my daughters, and a few friends to knit.


My mom taught me to knit when I was 7 or 8, but I didn't stick with it at the time. Then about five years ago, a friend decided to collect squares for a charity blanket. Out of the blue I thought, "oh, I can do a few of those!" And I took to it like a duck to water!

Then about a year and a half ago I caught the crochet bug too. Everything I know about crochet I learned on YouTube! I just wish I had more yarn loving friends in real life!


My gran taught me to knit-just to knit, not to cast on or off, not to purl-when I was about 8. She cast on a scratchy blue acrylic scarf for me, and she told me knit knit until it was long enough. To this day, I have a seven-foot-long, unfinished scarf in my closet. In my mid-twenties I moved from DC to Minneapolis, and I decided that it was the perfect time to get back to knitting. I taught myself to cast on and off using web videos, and I knit a bit. Then two years later my grandfather died after a long illness. When I first spoke with Gran after Grandad passed, she told me that she wished that she had had a bit of knitting with her in the hospital. Right after that i started knitting all the time.

Linda B

A dear friend of the family taught me to crochet so I could make Granny Squares. This was almost 45 years ago. I still have that project. My Mother taught me to knit. And while she knitted beautiful sweaters, hats, scarfs, etc for my sister and me, I'm only interested in socks and scarfs.

Rita Hartman

My grandma Alberta taught me when I was eight. Red heart yarn and slippery aluminum needles! I liked it, but did not knit again until I was 31 and had three kids. I'm addicted to the peaceful rhythm and joy of creating beautiful things with amazing yarns.


I've been knitting for almost 10 years and crocheting since Thanksgiving. :)


i have been knitting over 45 years. There were some sparse years and maybe a few where I didnt knit at all. What I love about knitting is it can be so soothing. I have a memory of sitting in bed knitting during an especially hard period of life and feeling each stitch unwind me! It also can engage the brain and fill that creative urge.


I taught myself to knit and spin thanks to the internet about 3 years ago but my mother and my Great Aunt taught me to crochet when I was 7. My daughter (age 17) is now learning to knit and spin but she doesn't care for crochet.


I started knitting when I was in 6th grade. I got a kit to knit a coat for my Barbie doll. My teacher, Mrs. Rogers, was a knitter and she let me stay in at recess and helped me complete the project. I've done needlepoint and quilting, but really started knitting when my sons started wrestling. I needed something to do during those LONG meets. Once I started making socks I haven't quit.

Beverly Shearon

I learned to knit 36 years ago when I became pregnant with my daughter. I went to the Sears store to take lessons. I took a respite a few years later, but picked it back up again about 8 years ago. Love to knit socks.


I've been knitting for almost 8 years. I can't believe it. My youngest was a baby, now she's 9....


My mom taught me how to knit when I was about 10. I have been enjoying the craft for many years since. At this point of my life find it a constant source of pleasure whether I am working on a project or planning my next one...


My grandmother taught me to knit and crochet when I was about 8, because my mom wouldn't knit me a sweater (too much pressure, she said) and I REALLY wanted one. So I started with some horrible burnt orange acrylic, of which my Grand-mere seemed to have an endless supply, and I knit for the whole month we visited her that summer. Just knit, mind you, no purling, no casting off... by month's end that orange thing could wind all through my grandparents' house, and now, 42 years later, I also know how to cast off and all sorts of other neat tricks... :-)

Lisa Nixon

My sister taught me to knit when all our families were on vacation togather. That was probably about 10 years ago. Now it something that we have in common


I have been knitting about 13 years, I learned in a yarn shop in Wheaton IL, and I learned because I fell in love with a sock kit. Socks are still my fave knitting project, but when I saw the $$ tag on the kit I never made them.


I have been knitting for 11 years. I asked my mother-in-law to teach me since we had almost nothing in common. It's been a wonderful relationship ever since!


I have just been knitting for over a year and I don't let the level of difficulty of patterns deter me from trying out patterns that I am drawn to. My knitting is self-taught with the help of books, online resources and most importantly, You-tube tutorials. I have done simple crochet projects for the same amount of time, but nothing too fanciful. I love the fact that I can create useful things out of fibrearts and they indeed take me away from my daily stresses.


I've been knitting on and off since I was a teen forty years ago, but until fifteen years ago it was one project at a time and long periods when I didn't knit at all because life was busy and I didn't have all the wonderful yarn that's available now to inspire me. About twelve years ago I discovered sockknitting on the internet, and have knit hundreds of pairs of socks since then plus many other things. I was self-taught from a RedHeart book and tutored along the way from many other great knitting books. My favorite is Maggie Ragetti's Knitting in Plain English. I keep knitting because I love the process, the yarn, the colors, and the results.


My most recent knitting adventure has been for the past 5 years. My mother taught me to knit when I was a young girl and I knit off and on over the years. I got back into knitting because of all the fabulous yarn that is now available. I have taught three of my grandchildren to knit as well as the children of a few of my friends. At this time in my life I find knitting very relaxing and meditative. I have knit numerous socks for all 6 of my granchildren and others in the family. Currently, I am making all the grandchildren mittens.


I knit argyle socks when I was in college and a sweater for my Dad that turned into a vest when I ran out of yarn on the last sleeve. I got into other forms of needlework and didn't knit again for 45 years. I am a prolific knitter and give most of it away. It,s very calming and brings joy to my heart.


I was taught to knit in 4-H many years ago, and I go through cycles of knitting frenzy.

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