Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Learning to Knit...Finally

So, it has finally happened - I have learned to knit!  Well, I guess I should say that I am learning to knit.

My wonderful neighbor offered to teach me, and it has been so much fun!  I have gone over for two lessons so far, and have learned more already, than I ever thought I would know.

She suggested that I practice different stitches and patterns by making little squares, and using them to make a blanket.  So, that is exactly what I am doing!  She showed me the blanket with her swatches, and it is so lovely, that I had to follow suit.  

She is letting me borrow her favorite book, errr calendar, that has 365 different stitches and patterns. 

365 Knitting Stitches a Year is a fabulous resource.  I have learned so much, and it is fun to actually make little swatches, and feel like you are actually making an item.

These are my first three squares.
The purple square is garter stitch.
The orange square was supposed to be plain stockinette, but I got turned around after 5 rows, so I went with it and made that.  One thing that I have had to comes to terms with, is that my knitting will not be as nice as my crochet - at least, not yet.
The blue is seed stitch.

My wonderful neighbor is not only teaching me to knit, she is also spoiling me with wonderful goodies!
When I arrived for my second lesson, she brought out these gifts she bought special for me - I almost cried!

In my second lesson, I learned to knit eyelets, which turned out to be much easier than I anticipated.

Oh, and this is the start of my first real knit blanket!  I am making squares with this subtle chevron pattern, and I will definitely be making a post about it once it is completed.  Of course, if you want to follow the progress in real time, you can follow me on Instagram!

That's it for now, but I will continue updating as I make for squares.
I am about to start a feather chevron swatch right now.

Best Wishes,

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