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Friday, April 3, 2015

I Have Made A Terrible Mistake

On the 31st of March I was looking at random videos on the internet and on impulse clicked on a knitting one. It was a very complicated looking shawl and I was all set to admire it and move on when I saw one of the videos on the sidebar was how to do a beginner knit stitch. So I watched it.

The next day I went out and picked up a pair of bamboo knitting needles so I could just "try it out". My test sampler looks like this now:
I can knit and purl, which is apparently all there is to knitting. Why didn't someone tell me this before? And why did the last person who tried to teach me make it seem so complicated? Clearly they were a terrible teacher and I should have tried again!

I got bored of the knit stitch (called the garter stitch when it's multiple rows), so I moved on to try combinations of knit and purl. I'm going to try a cable next and then increasing and decreasing. I'm pretty sure I'll be able to knit just about anything after that. Oh, and maybe figure out how to do a gauge properly.

It's kind of hilarious and kind of terrifying because I started out with the wooden straight needles because everything I read said that they were the easiest for beginners. I'm finding that they grip the yarn a bit too much for my liking and that casting even 30 stitches in difficult to manage. I guess I'm going to pick up some circular metal needles soon lol

But fear not, readers who are here for my stitching. I have in no way lost my love for that. In fact, I'm starting a Mill Hill ornie today since my left thumb knuckle is hurting. I think I knitted too much last night.

8 comments:

Carol said...

Good for you! Your test sampler looks great. I would love to learn how to knit, too, but am saving learning how until I have more time when I retire :)

Tammy said...

You're my knitting hero! Great looking test piece. I need to knit some more!

Hazel said...

Well done! I can knit - kind of- I just don't like it and I'm rubbish at finishing things off. Your piece looks fab especially for a beginner. X

Marlene jones said...

I Love knitting as well, but these days I don't do so much, last thing I knitted was a large cabled cushion cover for my daughters bedroom.

Annie said...

I can't believe you have waited this long to learn knitting. You do every crafty thing so well! I taught myself when I was in school using a kit to make a coat for a Barbie doll. Just takes practice to make the stitches even. Turn that sampler into a scarf and you wil be an expert when you are done! Yea for learning new things!

Meari said...

Hey Blu... Knit, Purl... That's all there is ;-) Nice sampler.

claire93 said...

lol I'm the same as you. I can knit and purl, and suddenly realise that's almost all there is to knitting (well almost ^^) but I am having trouble getting up the courage to actually follow a pattern

SuperMomNoCape said...

Congratulations on teaching yourself to knit with the help of videos!! I love reading about people taking up a new craft... especially when it's one that I enjoy as well.