My attempt at knitting‏

I have to admit, I’m a bit jealous of my sisters knitting skills! Years ago my grandmother taught me how to knit but I kind of lost the hang of it during puberty (knitting was NOT cool!). Years later I actually want to knit but grandmother is no longer around 🙁

So I started with a search on youtube and came across this rather “sexy” how to knit video by The Leaf Series. Apart from learning how to cast on and how to knit there isn’t much information in the video but it’s astonishing how “sexy” they can make knitting (and this is not in a vulgar kind of sexy)! See the video here.

I started with Nr 10 needles (I like fast result) and neon pink and dark grey wool I purchased in Wibra. It was a simple pattern of 15 stitches wide and I worked until I was out of wool always switching the needle. Later I learned this is called a “garter stitch” and provides a sturdy, flexible piece of knitting that won’t roll around the edges. It’s ideal for garments such as scarves. Here is how to do it.

I was ready to take my knitting skills to the next level and learned about the knit and purl pattern. Still very simple but for this you KNIT one row and PURL the next row, alternating each knit row with a purl row.

The process of alternating knit and purl rows creates stockinette stitch. Stockinette is smooth on one side with stitches that look and feel like V’s. That’s the knit side. The other side of a piece that is knitted in stockinette stitch looks and feels like it is covered with bumps.

Again I made a scarf, this time with neon Yellow and white grey. All this wool I purchased at a local wool store but you can also find this wool at Veritas.

For those serious knitters out there, you’ll probably have a laugh at my knitting journey while balancing 6 odd needles and markers and god knows what else you can do with the needles and wool. I’m sure slowly but surely I’m about to find out the endless possibilities en techniques there is in the knitting world out there.


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