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Caution: Knitting Novice Ahead!

  • Posted on December 26, 2005 at 10:37 pm

Well, that’s it. I’ve learned how to knit (again). My mom originally showed me how to knit as a child (years after I had learned cross stitch) and I remember knitting a pair of slippers for myself out of a nice variegated yarn. So, while my dad and sister were finishing up the dishes after Christmas dinner last night, Mom pulled out two pairs of needles, a skein of yarn to play with and set to reteaching me how to knit. I can now cast on, do knit, purl, stockinette and ribbed stitches (okay, the latter two are just rows made from combinations of the only two stitches in this game – knit and purl) and I can successfully bind off and weave my ends into the finished piece. After some practice with larger needles last night (she even gave me a nice, slick pair of 10 1/2 needles, so I’m up to 5 different pairs already! :twisted:), I fussed about getting the proper tension, so she told me that I wouldn’t be able to get the proper tension with the sportweight yarn we were practicing with using a pair of 10 1/2 needles. She told me I should try size 6 instead.

Tonight I sat down with my size 6 needles, the same practice yarn and cast on and knit a few rows three different times until I was happy with the tension and regularity of all of the stitches. Then I went through a practice round of the exact pattern that I will be using for the scarf when I’m ready, bound off the piece, wove the ends in and… VOILA!

My First Knitting Sample

The tension is fairly regular, but there is a hole where I must have dropped a stitch without realizing it, so when I work on the scarf, I will need to be looking back more regularly at what I’ve already done to be able to pick up mistakes like that. The only thing that I haven’t learned is how to start a new ball of yarn, especially since the scarf calls for two. I asked my mom and since she was never really that into knitting (she prefers crochet), she wasn’t exactly sure, so I’ll have to see if at least one of the several sets of instructions that I have cover this part. If not, I’ll have to drop an email to Christine for a little bit of assistance. 🙂

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