Sunday, August 19, 2007

Getting started...

I've been a crocheter for over 10 years and have wanted to learn to knit for awhile. I finally decided to take the plunge a few weeks ago. I made a practice swatch over and over and over - what do you think?

I tried knitting both the english style and continental, and find that continental feels more comfortable to me. Well, the knit stitch anyway! Can't seem to quite get a handle on purling either style. I can do it, but very awkwardly. I'll keep working on it!

So enough of practicing, I wanted to make something! So I started on a dishcloth. The first 9 rows are all the knit stitch, the next row is K6, P22, K6. My first 9 rows actually looked okay, for a beginner anyway!

But after I finished the 10th row, well......when I looked at my stitches I noticed that when I switched to purling I did something wrong, sigh.

I have Nici McNally's The Complete Beginners Guide to Knitting and I watched the section on how to "unknit" and that went well, at first! But then messed something else up undoing it, so I just ripped the whole thing out. Do over! I'm also going to attempt a scarf for my 4 year old daughter.

Someone said knitting is not rocket science. Well I've been at this a few weeks and I can't seem to get off the starting block! Ah well, I will keep at it! I'm going to knit this afternoon while the kids are napping.


Stephanie said...

Hmmm, three blogs? Sounds like someone (myself) else I know! Good luck with your knitting!

Cheesehead With Sticks said...

It's not rocket science, but sometimes you swear it could be worse! It's not so simple though, or who would want to do it. Once you learn how to correct "oopses" it will be a lot easier, I promise :)

KnittinDeb said...

at least you didn't throw it in the trash and give up!! yippee... you are knitting!

Angel said...

You've got to start somewhere! Good Luck!


Kathy in Milwaukee, WI said...

I am a new knitter, too. I have crocheted much more than knit. Using the continental method seems to be the preferred "hold" for us "hookers". I use the thumb on my left hand to flip the yarn over the needle when I purl. I insert the needle, "flip" with my left thumb and use my thumb to keep the yarn where I want it. Hope this helps!

Lori said...

I'm more comfortable knitting continental too. I think it may our crocheting background.

- Lori

wildflower38 said...

I'm impressed that you're knitting continental style. :-)I knit the english/american way. I'm teaching myself to crochet and I still haven't found a comfortable way to hold the yarn. I crochet very very slowly.