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Learning To Knit

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. Incase 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…
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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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Erin/babesinthriftland
10 years ago

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 :)

Kristen
10 years ago

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!

Michelle Clement
10 years ago

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!

Karen
Karen
10 years ago

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!!

Janelle
10 years ago

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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