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New Year's Resolution: Learn To Knit!

January 4, 2011

I've crocheted since I was 8. I figured it was close enough to knitting- good enough to make scarves and hats. I was content with sticking in my own little crochet world. Since working here, I've come in contact with so many wonderful yarns, patterns and knitters. Knitting has been a goal of mine for a while, so what better way to start than to make it a New Year's Resolution!

Knowing that I already enjoy crocheting, I figured I'd take to knitting pretty easily. The only aspect of knitting that is overwhelming to me is the amount of stitches and terms that exist! I tend to jump in head first to something and just hopefully figure it out along the way. So I figured, why not changing this behavior a new year's resolution too? So in regards to my projects, I want to learn how to do things the right way, the first time. A solid foundation is the key to anything right?


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I picked a bulky, light colored yarn so I could see that fibers. I chose this Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn  in "Fisherman" and paired it with these large size 13 Lantern Moon palm wood knitting needles. I figured the bigger the better for starters. The next part was figuring out what the best approach was to learning the basics. I need something I could pause and re-watch as many times as needed, like this I Can't Believe I'm Knitting DVD Kit. So I picked up "casting on" and then a basic knit stitch pretty quickly. I then practiced the stockinette stitch and the purl stitch. I'm still trying to figure out which loop goes where in order to get which one, so I just keep doing a trial and error. The hardest part so far, is figuring out the best way to hold my yarn as I go. I have noticed that it is harder than crocheting to redo your work, so I'm just going to keep practicing these 3 stitches till my yarn runs out. Luckily for me, I like the inconsistency in whatever it is I'm making here...maybe a cowl scarf if I can somehow join to the ends?

This new hobby is very exciting. I can't wait till my first knitted project is done so I can move on to the next one. Even browsing Fabric.com's selection of knitting books is causing my mind to race. So many more options! I still love crocheting, but so far knitting is very awesome.


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3 Comments

I am right there with you! Same level, I think! I started with a scarf in size 11 needles, then went on to one in a very smaller size needles and smaller yarn, and it's really hard. I love those nice needles in your photo.

I learned to knit about 3 years ago and to crochet the year after that. I used the Klutz book/kit to learn both crafts. I'm so glad you are enjoying it. As for me this year I want to learn to draw, embrodier and sew.

It's funny, but I never subscribed to the "knitting's better" "crocheting's better" battles as I feel that these are 2 entirely different animals. However, I do take exception to the idea that crochet is only good for scarves and hats. There are so many unbelievable facets to crochet that I feel knitting just can't compete with. Be that as it may, since there is obviously someone at Fabric.com who crochets, why can't we crocheters have some encouragement and respect? And please, don't lump knitting and crocheting together as major (knitting) and minor (crocheting) crafts. Thank you.

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