I'm Learning to Knit

Today I woke up rather tired and with a lot to do. On days like today I really need a reason to get out!

Today was my knitting lesson. I had been so excited to take it but frankly I was feeling so lousy that I really didn't feel like going. I did not cancel however as I didn't want to wait until next week for something I've long looked forward to learning. *smile

I'm keeping my promise to post here about what I'm learning. I realize my first attempts won't be that exciting for you, lol, but for me they are. Here is my practice swatch. I guess it isn't too bad but isn't so great either. More practice will make it better of that I'm sure.

For now I was really concentrating on learning to cast on, practicing knitting and pearling, decreasing & increasing stitches and binding off. I was also very keen on learning to regulate my tension as I've always had a problem of the tension of yarn being too tight whenever I've tried to teach myself to knit. Having a teacher today was I think really helpful for the tension issue.


In my photo below you can clearly see that the beginning part of the swatch is narrower than the top. I didn't deliberately increase the swatch. I think I probably increased stitches accidentally and also as I practised I was making sure my yarn remained loose so as not to have the issue of my tension being too tight.
I also have a whole in the middle of the swatch. I don't know how it got that way, maybe it was a case of tension being way too loose.


Lessons learned today from my practice swatch:

- It is good to learn what to do with your fingers and thumbs and how to hold the yarn
- There are different methods to knitting. None of them are wrong and it is important to find what works for you. I hadn't really realized this before and having a teacher showed me that some approaches work better for me than others. I'm excited about that.
- I have a tendency to lose stitches and also to gain stitches. I will need to pay close attention as I embark on learning to knit.
- It is okay to pull the swatch to see the pattern of knitting and how the stitches "fit" together. As I develop an "eye" for what I'm doing,  I will be able to correct some of my knitting errors.

Well that is it for now. I hope to make a dish cloth soon out of the same yarn. Hopefully there won't be any big holes in the middle.

9 comments:

  1. Good on ya for learning how to knit. I've taken lessons from 3 different teachers and still I can only do very basic projects, like a scarf, smiles. I am much better at crocheting, but even then I am not by any means gifted. I am thrilled to see you learning a handicraft. These arts are dieing out; here it is difficult to even buy yarn or needles; the same with fabrics for sewing...

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  2. Hi Katy, thanks for the vote of confidence and encouragement. I've never taken lessons before. I taught myself to crochet many years ago and made a few doilies. I also tried to teach myself to knit with no success. Due to the tension problems I would get frustrated. I do love handcrafts but never had a chance to do enough of it. Now hopefully that will change.

    It is too bad it is so hard to get needles, yarns or fabric where you live but I think you can buy on line much cheaper in the USA than here in Canada *smile.

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  3. Wonderful seeing you get going with your knitting. Hope you are soon proficient enough to relax and enjoy it, and get satisfation from your completed projects.
    I find knitting much easier that crochet myself.... smiles.

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  4. Thanks for the encouraging words Jan. You are a gem :-)

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  5. Learned knitting but never enjoyed it, Later I was told I have an allergy to the yarns I used. I enjoy crocheting baby stuff though. Hope you will have better success than me. Enjoy!!!.

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  6. Super to take on a new skill set! I have been knitting and crocheting for most of my life. I think with practice you will be astonished at what you can achieve!

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  7. Hey, not bad at all!! you'll see how enjoyable it can be when you'll start to knit your own sweaters
    :-)
    i love knitting but alas i don't really have the time.
    Have a great day!!

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  8. Sorry your not feeling so great..hope your better and your lesson perked you up a bit! I think having a teacher is necessary and so helpful (to me anyway). I think your selection of color is beautiful..my best on your progress..I'm sure you'll continue to do fine-

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  9. Thanks for sharing with us about your knitting lesson. Good for you ! Hope you're feeling a little better now ....

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