For almost two years I’ve been trying to learn how to knit properly. “You might think, seriously!? Two years and you still don’t know how to knit? You should really just give up!” Well here’s the problem, I honestly haven’t put much time into it at all. How am I going to improve if I never even pick up the needles! So here’s what I’ve done, I bought a book that walks me step-by-step through knitting. The book is called Get Started: Knitting by Susie Johns. Basically, the book starts from the beginning and clearly lays out almost everything you need to know. It discusses types of yarn, types of needles and which of these should be used together. It teaches you how to read patterns and how to do a number of important stitches. The best part about it for me, is that it has pictures beside each step, so that I can actually know whether I’m following their instructions properly. Another awesome feature of the book is that it takes you through some projects based on the skills that it has taught you. The only thing I wish it had was a directory of how to correct knitting mistakes – but I can pretty easily look those questions up online when I face them.
So over this winter break I have tried some of the super lame beginner knitting projects they have suggested, in order to get a feel for knitting and how to fix my mistakes. The first project was a knitted “purse,” like one you might see a 6 year old wearing. The problem here was that I did not care at all about doing a good job because I would never ever have a use for it – I’ll tell you now that my complacency was very bad idea. I didn’t do a good job at all and thus, it was basically a pointless exercise. (Although my husband claims that I should be proud as my project has gone to great use, for it is now a cushioned resting place for his iPhone on his desk, haha. But seriously, he’s not exaggerating, he actually loves it!)
Now the second project is the one that you see in the above pictures. It is supposed to be a phone case (perhaps Moe will like this one even better 😉 ). I vowed to take this project seriously and try to replicate the example perfectly, which means fixing any mistakes that I made. Initially I made a huge mistake, I accidentally started to purl halfway through a row that I was supposed to knit, and didn’t realize until 8 rows later when I realized that something was funky. Thankfully since this is a small project it wasn’t very painful to rip those stitches out (according online instructions) and re-work those rows. All good? Nope, I couldn’t exactly identify where I had come to in my pattern, so I knitted when I should have purled, and thus, I have this strange extra row that isn’t supposed to be there. You can kind of see it in the above picture, it’s the row closest to the needle. When I ripped out the stitches I should have pulled them out until I knew where I was in the pattern, but alas I didn’t do this. Luckily this mistake doesn’t look as bad so I decided to leave it and keep working. I a few days I will complete the case and upload a picture, hopefully all goes well!
As you can see, my technique isn’t bad, in fact, I honestly feel as though I can say that I knit quite well. I really enjoy knitting and creating beautiful things with my hands, so hopefully, with a bit more practice and effort (actually fixing mistakes) I can make this hobby work!