Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Learning to Knit!

If you have been following the winter weather system you know that the south east has been hit by snow storm, after snow storm. Which in my little bubble means snow days. During these snow days we make soup and enjoy cocoa and cookies but I decided I wanted to learn something new. Try to make these snow days useful. So I started to learn how to knit. 
First, I did not have knitting needles, I use chop sticks and yarn I had on hand. I had to learn how to cast on, the knit stitch and purl stitch. I didn't know that the patterns of these two stitches creates different designs and beautiful texture to your knitted fabric. It makes sense to learn how to knit if you sew because we deal with fabrics all of the time. 
Then I saw this on Ravelry. Ravelry is a free site for knitters and crocheters. This is also a great place to get inspiration, patterns and meet people. This sweater is called the Antrorse Sweater by Shannon Cook. It is available as a PDF pattern or in her new book called Journey.
So I bought a size 10, 32" long circular knitting needle and yarn from Quince and Co., Osprey
I decided this would be my first project. I know I am a little crazy!! I have heard this from everyone around me. "Start with dishcloths, a scarf or hat, NOT a sweater. You are Crazy!" But this is what I wanted to do, I am making it. When I started to sew it was the same way. I didn't start with a pillow, I started with bags!! I love bags! Make what you love! 
Anyway, here are some pictures of my sweater project.
This is the funnel neck with buttonholes. In this part of the project I had to learn how to long tail cast on, make one left, make one right, and all in one buttonhole round. 
Knitting is a craft that takes time and patience.
This is the funnel neck, yoke and the arm holes created. I love the chevron design in the center. I hope I will be able to complete it before the winter weather lets up. One great thing about knitting is if you make a mistake you can take it apart and try again. Unlike sewing when you cut the wrong size out of your expensive fabric. 
Do you knit? How did you learn? What other knitting websites are helpful?


Siobhan said...

You are such a pro beginner! My first projects were holey, lumpy messes. Ravelry is the most obvious and amazing knitting website, but KnittingHelp and YouTube videos help immensely too.

I totally agree about sewing and knitting complementing each other. The fantastic thing about knitting is that you get to create your fabric as you go!

Eileen said...

Ravelry is the BEST! Knitting is so much more portable than sewing. I never leave home without a project. You never know when you might have time on your hands.

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