The finish line…

What a semester it’s been. I chose to knit because it was something that I was interested in, and something that I had tried once and quit very quickly before I was even able to get a handle on it.

This week I finished my infinity scarf. YAY! But before it was actually complete, I sat on my bed, staring at my knitting -that was now long enough for a scarf- and realized I needed to know how to cast off. I went to Youtube and found a video that explained it simply to me. The video I used to cast off is below.

My cast off:

The cast off edge of my scarf. The knit is now binded and will not come undone.

Now, I needed to know how to actually put the ends of my scarf together. I found a video that I really liked for this. I didn’t use this video to learn how to cast off because I found it went too fast and did not explain in detail. However, after the cast off steps, it goes well into detail about how to actually attach the ends of your scarf. The video is linked below! Skip to 10 minutes to get to the good stuff such as:

  1. What to do with the weird strings you’re left with

Ignore the edge where I dropped stitches as I was just beginning LOL. This is an example of the strings you are left with at the end

 

2. How to weave in the sewing so it can’t be seen

I’m about to sew the edges together with a regular knitting needle and my leftover yard.

3. How to block your scarf to the exact size you want it

I won’t post a picture of my finished scarf just yet, I’ll save that for the final post. But there are a few things I have learned throughout this knitting process:

  • As a beginner, use a yarn that is easy to work with and won’t pull apart and mesh together as you touch it
  • Small needles are easier to use at the beginning, but you’ll like the look of the knit with a bigger needle. It’s a tough battle.
  • Do not cast on too tightly, this is so frustrating…
  • Don’t take your first knitting experience too seriously, I dropped MANY a stitches and at times did very strange stitches when I messed up to try and correct it, my scarf has mistakes, but I’ve learned to laugh at them
  • Yarn slides easier on metallic needles, this was both a blessing and a curse.
  • knitting takes time, find a good show or a movie and watch it while you knit, by the end you’ll be so shocked when you notice how much you have done!

This was a fun process. Using online sources to learn how to knit, purl, castoff, and connect was so easy and super enjoyable. Hope you guys all had fun reading, maybe you learned a little something as well!

See you next time!

 

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Knit stitch- How to!

Okay, so today in the video below I do a how to video on the knit stitch! Obviously- I’ve been knitting and I find the knit stitch the easiest stitch to do. As I was learning how to knit stitch and purl stitch, I had to watch the “how to knit stitch” videos many less times than I had to watch the “how to purl stitch videos”. SO I thought this would be a good skill to teach! It’s really quite simple! Enjoy! 🙂

A little late to the party…

Hey all, so this week I was down with the flu for a couple days so I did not get to doing this post until now! I took a quick time lapse video of myself knitting this week. It’s still a slow process but I am making some definite head way on my scarf. I’m also continuing to keep up with the pattern I have been working with.

To make this video I used my iPhone, the camera feature has a time lapse option, I then imported the video to iMovie, also on my phone, (I realized however that you can download iMovie alternatives for non mac computers, so I’ll give that a try for my final project!) and slowed it down a touch because the time lapse from the camera moves VERY quickly. This was a neat and simple way to document some of my progess! Also, surprisingly, it was really easy to work with iMovie on my phone. Ideally I would love a mac computer to work on, but I have an HP, so my phone was my only option but it worked well. The video is only about 45 seconds long, but I completed 3 rows. It’s not very much, but I filmed for longer and my phone had issues with the length of the video when trying to import it and email it to myself, so I tried again for a shorter time length. Enjoy!

Just make it into a pattern…

Hey all, so this week I will be honest, I was working on a very big assignment for one of my other classes and did not get too much knitting done. However,  I did do what I said I was going to do in my last post; turn my mistake into a pattern for the continuation of my scarf! The pattern continuation is shown below!

As you can see I made another switch of the “front” and “back” which I will do every once and while! I also watched a video of what to do when you make a mistake in your knit. This video really freaked me out because even though she pulls out her stitches (which is what you’re suppose to do) so seemlessly, I can only imagine the mess I would make of it. Plus, even though I am getting much faster at knitting, I still take some time to finish an entire row and backtracking would take me even longer. Maybe it will be something I am willing to try on my next project! The video I am talking about is below, if you’re a knitter who makes some blunders, I would give it a watch!

This coming week I am going to have to knit up a storm. Yikes.

The Scarf Issue…

Hey all! With the reading week holiday I took a break from posting about my progress, but I was still knitting away! I also started a new series that I can watch while knitting (Suits! I suggest you give it a chance) and I started some mean progress on my scarf.

Before I began knitting this scarf I decided that I needed new yarn. The rust coloured yarn that I was using is so cute, yet so loosely wound that the more my hand grabbed the knitting needle with all of the “cast on’s “that the stitches on the needle would start to form together and become one big mess! I concluded that for such a rookie (lol) like me, I would need a yarn that was sturdy and would hold together better.  So I went off to Michael’s craft store and ended up with a pretty lilac colour that is wound much tighter and easier to work with.

Also…I learned another very important thing when knitting. For my scarf I am using the knit stitch and the purl stitch, alternating every row between each. As I sit there and watch Suits while I knit, I sometimes forget what stitch I just did…I know, how sad right, like I just did the stitch how can I possibly forget in the .01 seconds after finishing the last movement. BUT low and behold it happens and now my scarf has a mistake in it from doing the purl stitch twice in a row (it resulted in the “front” and “back” of my scarf switching). The picture below is an example of what I mean.

As you can see, you are staring at the back of my scarf, yet underneath the needle is where I did the double purl stitch by accident instead of switching to the knit stitch and it flipped to create the “front” on the back for a small section.

Honestly, I continued with this mistake for a bit, too horrified at the thought of having to restart my progress and undo the knit. Then I decided I will just do the double stitch again and see if it will flip back! The picture below shows how it worked and what my scarf looks like now.

So now I am just telling myself that this mistake is going to be a pattern for my scarf and I will make this flip happen every so many rows so at the end it might look half normal. I mean one can dream… right?!? It’s okay to laugh..I laugh everytime I look at my mangled soon-to-be scarf.

By looking at my picture I’m sure you can tell that I have also dropped a few stitches, and my boarders aren’t straight by any means but hey, I am actually super proud of this progress! This is my first knitting project ever, and that means I can only go up from here!

Knits, Purls, and Unfortunate Mistakes

Okay all, this week for the progress on my learning project I learned the purl stitch, which I did successfully after a few tries (smug smirk!) peep the progress below.

Once I finished this, I began to combine the knit stitch and purl stitch like every video  on knitting that I have watched has suggested. This was not as hard as I had thought it would be. This is how it looked after I had done a few rows!

So now that I can do both stitches needed to begin making things, what have I learned so far?

  1. Make sure you tie the proper slip knot at the beginning before you cast on, if you don’t you’ll end up with this awkward problem. That extra string is not good and makes things very awkward.
  2. Make sure you don’t cast on too tightly, this will result in it being difficult to slide your needle underneath of the cast knot when you try to stitch each row
  3. COUNT YOUR STITCHES. I for sure thought this was NOT a big deal when I began even though so many people told me I should do this. By this I mean that if you cast on 20 knots, make you you keep 20 knots and adjust accordingly if you drop stitches. If you don’t, whatever product you make will not have an even edge, but rather a slanted one.
  4. Lastly, enjoy your time knitting. I like to sit down and watch Netflix while I knit! It becomes this easy mindless task that I enjoy doing if I can watch something while I’m doing it instead of sitting in the quiet focusing on how I just dropped a stitch.

Next… work on my scarf! I will update you all on the process. Thanks for reading!

Purls, not Pearls

Okay guys, this week’s post about knitting is coming at you a little late, simply because I am trying to wrap my head about how to do the purl stitch.

I felt as though I was ready to move on from the knit stitch because I was able to get several rows done with it and felt rather confident in my ability to make it all work! The picture below is my progress with constantly doing the knit stitch! 

As you can see, I am able to keep my knit stitch going consecutively (with only a few holes!!) and I feel like I could begin to make products using this stitch.

For me learning the purl stitch, I have been using this link: How to do a purl stitch: knitting . For some reason, this stitch is not as straight forward for me to do as the knit stitch was. As I had said in my first post, I have terrible dexterity and fine motor skills, which makes this slightly more challenging for me (but hey, practice makes perfect). I plan on posting a video of me fumbling through the slightly different movements of the purl stitch very soon, so stay tuned!

After the purl stitch…the work on my infinity scarf begins! Yikes!

The First Stitches

Okay folks, tonight I began the harrowing journey of knitting. I grabbed my pink medal needles, my rust coloured yarn, my laptop, and plopped myself down in a comfortable chair in my living room. I was determined I was going to do this and that I was going to do this right.

I began watching Knitting Basics: Getting Started  to get me going. However, this video only showed me how to “cast on” (my first new knitting phrase!!) and knit stitch (the easiest chosen stitch) the first row. After this video ended, I found myself looking up at my mom and saying “uhh okay I have my first row but what now??” . I moved onto a video which was longer, leading me to believe that it would show me what to do after the first row of knit stitchs (i.e how on earth I begin my second row). This video, was excellent and show me how to continue on: How to Knit: Easy for Beginners

After this very frustrating and extremely concentrating -I’m talking eyes squinted, body leaned forward, and forehead furrowed- frame of 35 minutes of knitting videos, I successfully made my first few rows of stitches. To say I am proud of myself is an understatement. Look to your right for a picture of my first few rows of progress!

Looking forward to continuing tomorrow!

 

The Longest Yarn…

For my learning project this semester I have chosen to take on the challenge of knitting. I have terrible dexterity and fine motor skills and I really feel as though I will be challenged in this new skill. I once tried knitting as a kid around the age of 10, however, it was too frustrating and I gave up after 1 night. Well, I am back for revenge on my knitting needles and this time I plan to walk away the champion.

On this journey I have set out to try my hand at a few different stitches. I am beginning with the knit stitch, courtesy of “Knitting Basics: Getting Started“. Next, I plan to move onto the Pearl stitch. These stitches will take my a while to get the hang of, but once I do finally catch on, I hope to move on to other stitches (which I haven’t looked into yet because I fear overwhelming myself with how extensive the knitting world is at this point). My plan for my final project to show off my knitting skills (or lack there of) is to make an infinity scarf for myself. I love a good, soft, bulky scarf! So, buckle in everyone, because it’ll be a very slow and bumpy ride.

This journey started today, at Michaels craft store. Where I picked out a rust coloured wool and stained magenta metal knitting needles. After having a short but informative conversation with the cashier, where I informed her about my upcoming knitting project, she informed me that size of needle needed for whatever wool knitters buy is actually labelled on the back of the wool package – I already learned something new and I haven’t even begun to stitch yet! This seems like a good sign.

Well… I’m off to start my journey! Pictures to come! Happy knitting everyone 🙂