learning to knit

February 10th, 2012

Sooo i’ve been learning to knit! Remember this post from earlier in the week?? That was my first successful scarf – yippee happy dance – just don’t look too closely hehehe

It started off frustrating – but i think i’m getting the hang of it now, and i’ve already made myself 4 scarves! yay! They are certainly not perfect, and full of their fair share of mistakes, but nothing that will stop me from wearing them hehe

I just want to say thank you so much to everyone who gave me suggestions for good knitting sites and tutorials/videos etc. You have no idea how helpful you were! And it’s just been so fun to learn!

For me, i had a lot of trouble following pictures in books – but i found some wonderful video tutorials on knitpicks that were the real breakthrough for me.┬áIncase anyone else is learning I thought i’d share some of my favourite ones.

One of the things that has helped me the most is having a practice piece going all the time. Since i’m one of those people who likes to learn by doing a technique over and over and over again, this seemed like the best idea. It’s just a long piece of knitting now, and you can see every time i have something i want to practice i dedicate a section. Once i feel confident, i move on to the project. I can’t stress enough how helpful i’ve found that approach!
I’ve also found that I prefer to use the really really fat needles and the really really fat wool – because i’m impatient and things go a lot faster that way. hehehe probably shouldn’t have admitted that…

7 Responses

  1. Wow awesome job! I am a beginner knitter myself and I think your scarves look pretty great! I made my first circle scarf a couple of months ago and it’s so much more fun to wear because I made it :)

  2. Kristen says:

    YAY! I’m so glad you enjoy knitting! I began knitting the English method and a year or two later taught myself to switch to Continental b/c its much faster for me! Congrats on joining the knitting world! Are you on Ravelry yet? Find me as kristenmakes!

  3. Oooh – this is crazy inspiring!! :) I’m marking your links for later…I’m determined to learn how to knit this year! I love the wool you’re using!

  4. Karen says:

    Megan: you must always indicate what yarn you are using!! Also you must join Ravelry like Kristen suggested. Look for me there – I am NCTwila. It will become addicting!!

    • Meg says:

      ooooo sorry!! I didn’t think of that hehe. Thanks for letting me know, I guess i’m yet to learn knitting etiquette hehehe And i will definitely be looking you girls up on Ravelry – it’s all so new to me, but i’m having a blast :)
      Hugs! xoxo

  5. Janelle says:

    ooh knitting! it looks great! it’s kind of funny that knitting and crocheting are my “first loves” when it comes to crafting. i learned to do those first, long before i started sewing. but then i learned to sew and loved how “quick” it was in comparison. is that a bad thing? :P

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