My mother has been trying to teach me to crochet since I was a little girl and I've failed spectacularly every time I tried, so I assumed I'd never be able to knit either. My grandmother tried teaching me that this summer, and I failed spectacularly at it too. I'm stubborn though, so I decided my problem was that I can't learn from a live person and I needed a book, thus I bought Stitch 'N Bitch
. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I was actually right about needing a book!
Naturally my first project was the Go-Go Garter Stitch Scarf, seen here: ( Collapse )
The colors are a little off in the picture, particularly the purple. It was knitted in Caron Simply Soft Quick
(Limelight, Blue Mint, and Grape), and as someone who hates following directions I used size 15 needles (due to not having size 17 handy), made it two stitches wider than the pattern called for, and repeated the colors an extra time. This is probably why I find knitting to be exciting...I have very little interest in creating things that someone else designed, and knitting makes enough sense to me that it's fairly easy to take the general idea of a pattern and then wing it from there.
I finished that first scarf and promptly took a huge break from knitting due to returning to college and never finding time to sit down and work at it. Then Christmas began taunting me and I started knitting gifts. The one I've finished so far is the Braided Scarf
pattern from Patons, seen here: ( Collapse )
This scarf was knitted in Lion Suede
(Ecru, Sage, and Coffee). I appear to have at least half of each skein left, so you could easily make a much longer version or two identical scarves out of one skein of each color. Also, the pattern doesn't specify how to sew the strips together, so I used whip stitch on the ends, and then looped a little piece of yarn through each place where strips overlapped (using whichever color the top strip was) and knotted it underneath where it gets covered up when the edges of the strip curl inward.
The next two projects on deck are Karen Baumer's Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf
in Caron Simply Soft Ombres
(Embroidery Print) and Knitty's Bobblicious
in Lion Homespun