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!

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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 🙂