Everyone who is reading this knows, over the course of the semester I stumbled through my knitting project. It was something I was excited to undertake since I love knit things such as sweaters, chunky scarves, mittens, blankets, everything “wooley” and knit should just have the name “Erinn” stitched across it. However, I knew absolutely nothing about knitting So I went straight to the knitting master. I remember at the beginning of the semester in January, I was over visiting my grandma, I told her that I was going to learn to knit; she was so excited. The conversation continued with her bragging out how good she was at knitting (what a humble woman hahah), she told me about some of the things she had knit for my mom when she was young and talked about “knits” and “purls”, terms that had zero significance to me. Lastly, the conversation ended with the bomb that she would not be able to help me with my knitting because she knits left handed and everything would just be too confusing for me. So, I began to research for myself where I should begin…
I honestly had no real plans other than to go search on YouTube for materials to use. I watched several videos on knitting before I even had knitting supplies. After I found videos that were simple enough for me to follow along, then I went to Michael’s craft store and picked out a yarn (in a pretty colour obviously) and chose matching needles (the big ones, because all of the videos I watched used big needles and I assumed it was easier that way).
The knit stitch was the simplest stitch, according to my videos. So I began there.
I practiced this stitch for awhile, wanting to be good at it before I threw another stitch into the mix. The hardest thing for me, was to learn how to handle the yard so as to not drop stitches. This stitch soon-ish became easy for me. I was able to do it consistently in a nice rhythm. Once I could knit several stitches like in the picture directly above, I explored moving on.
The purl stitch came next. This stitch was complex, it requires the knitter to pull the yard through itself while on the needle. I dropped so many stitches learning this. My hands wanted to go much faster than needed and I was not consistent at dropping my needle just enough to pull it through. I always dropped my needle too much and the looped yard came off my needle entirely. This stitch-at the beginning- was the bane of my existence. I again, practices just solely this stitch, making sure I would do it consecutively and confidently.
I then felt confident enough to actually begin combining the stitches; and although I already knew I wanted to make an infinity scarf for this project, I felt no where near ready to actually begin that process. I started to combine the knit stitch and the purl stitch seeing what this would look like. I really enjoyed how satisfying this knit was, when I combined the stitches and it created the fuzzy “front” and the smooth “back” of the product, I felt like I was actually doing something right. I practiced this over and over, undoing stitches, pulling out entire pieces, and trying to power through mistakes.
I was finally ready to start my scarf. I was daunted, and confused about how long knitting this would actually take me. I found it difficult to find time to sit down and knit between having other homework assignments and commitments. Some weeks I went days without even looking at my knitting stuff, always wondering when I would find the time to finish my scarf.
The actual scarf knitting process was long, but actually enjoyable. I learned how to fix my mistakes (some, not all), how to control my knitting (I learned how to flip my stitches to change the way my scarf looks), and I also learned some very important fundamentals such as counting your stitches, not casting on or stitching anything too tightly, and pay attention to the size of the wool you use, as well as the size of needle required for that wool.
Lastly, as I came to the last few rows of my scarf, I researched how to cast off and create the “infinity” part to my scarf. It was so rewarding to actually finish my project. I was proud of myself.
This if my final product. It looks weathered and rough, but all the mistakes are lessons learned, and going forward there will be fewer.
The sources that I used from YouTube are linked in my blog pages, linked above, but also in the list below:
- Knitting Basics: Getting Started
- How to Knit: Easy for Beginners
- How to do a purl stitch: knitting
- Fix Knitting Mistakes by Ripping Stitches
- How to Cast-off Your Knitting
- Creating Your Infinity Scarf
This project showed me that I can still learn new tasks, do intricate small movements with my fingers, make something original, and feel proud about something that will ever be seen as perfect. The knitting won’t end here, this was just a warm-up.