I’ve mentioned this in a previous post, but I’m learning to knit. It’s so hard! I’m going from feeling somewhat competent crocheting to feeling like all thumbs and awkward while knitting. Practice, practice, practice is what I’ve read. So I figured I’d post my knitting projects and struggles and hopefully you’ll follow along. Maybe you’re also learning to knit?
I’m a crocheter first. I sort of learned when I was in Junior High while I was in Camp Fire Girls. I learned the basic chain stitch and that was it. Fast forward to when I was 23 years old. My husband was in the Air Force and had to deploy to Peru for three months. That meant I would have a lot of time on my hands. I decided to pick up crocheting again. I didn’t have internet, it was just coming around, so I had to learn from the pamphlets that I got at Kmart. I think I had a basic stitch guide and then got the patterns off the yarn label. My first project was a pretty big afghan. It was probably the size of a queen size bed. It took me forever. I wish I would’ve kept it, but my dog threw up on it and my washing machine wasn’t big enough to wash it. After another afghan and projects around the house, I stopped crocheting. Fast forward another 20 years and I decided to pick it up again. It almost felt like I was starting over. As soon as I learned the stitches again I was back to where I was, advanced beginner.
I’m the type of person that hates not being able to do something. I’ve always thought knitting was so beautiful. Everything I fall in love with is knitted. All I can think of is “I want to make that!” I almost signed up for a knitting class at Joann Fabrics, but then I discovered that Stephanie from All About Ami was doing a series of blog posts geared toward knitting for beginners called “Simple Knit Series”. I decided to follow along. She has you start with chunky yarn and bigger knitting needles and I think that made all the difference. The yarn wasn’t slipping through my hands and worked really well with the bamboo needles. She also has how-to videos to learn the garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and seed stitch. I was able to knit my first hat following her pattern for the Simple Stockinette Hat.
After that, I was ready to try some thinner yarn. I also wasn’t happy with my technique. I didn’t even have a technique. I was just kind of throwing the yarn over with my right hand. It just felt so foreign to me so I started researching different methods of knitting. Mama In A Stitch had a video on “How to Knit (If You Crochet)” and that really opened my eyes up to the Continental Method. That’s where you hold the yarn in your left hand. I watched some videos on YouTube and was actually able to knit. I found this one very helpful as well as this one. It was like starting over again, but it felt more comfortable. I still have bad form, but I figure I will slowly figure out what works for me.
Now it’s time to work on some knitting projects! The third and final installment of All About Ami’s “Simple Knit Series” is the Simple Seed Stitch Headband. I was going to make it, but then decided I’d rather have a headband with some Vanna’s Choice yarn (category 4) that I had left over. I figured I’d do several of these and work my way through basic stitches so I could practice my knit and purl. I hope you keep reading and follow along with me as I learn how to knit!