Wednesday, October 23, 2013

I'm Learning How to Knit! WIPS

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So, I finally took the plunge.  I picked up a pair of knitting needles for the first time.  Getting used to having a tool in both hands was a little strange.  I pretty much googled my way through casting on, the knit stitch, and the purl stitch.  Other than rather messy edges (what's going on there?!?!) I think it's coming along pretty well, what do you think?

I really love the look of the stockinette--knit one row purl the next.

I think I'd like to pick up the Idiots Guide: Knitting, from what I can tell it appears to be a pretty comprehensive introduction.  Have any of you Wonderful Readers used this book?  Or do you have a different recommendation?

Also, does anyone have any "first pattern" recommendations?  I was checking out Ravelry and there were almost too many things to choose from.  (I'm philwife there, if anyone is curious . . . although I don't really participate much in the online community.)

Oh, this is completely random, but I do have to say, knitting needles seem more dangerous than crochet hooks.  I mean, I wouldn't even think of using a crochet hook to ward off an attacker, but a knitting needle sure could do some damage!

I will be sharing this post at the following:
Frontier Dreams with Nicole
Work In Progress with Tami
Yarn Along with Ginny


  1. check out "grandmother's favorite" dishcloth pattern on Ravelry. It is so easy and very encouraging as a small beginner project. Making them is addicting! I learned to knit as a child (so young I don't even remember learning) but didn't pick up my needles for years. I started back using this pattern and it is a wonderful easy project of "mindless knitting" Best wishes! Marie

  2. My pattern advice would be to pick something you want to knit. I personally love knitting in the round with circular needles so I'd pick something like a hat or socks if I was beginning again. When you get to a stitch you're not sure of stop and google it and then carry on. If you're excited about the project you're going to be more motivated to continue it :)

  3. Grandmother's favorite dishcloth is a good start and doesn't take forever to finish.
    To get even stitches , just keep knitting, the more you knit the better your stitches look.

  4. Looks like you are doing really well. I crochet and certainly don't call myself a knitter

  5. I too just started knitting. After a basic scarf like you are working on I made hand warmers from here: These were great because they knitted up fast and are so pretty. They just use knit and pearl in a quite interesting pattern.


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