Knitting Success

15 Dec

Despite much difficulty, I conquered a new knitting pattern.  I am not a very good nor experienced knitter.  I have mostly done knitting and purling and that’s about it.  My mother did teach me to knit a tube with a closed end which is mighty tricky and fun to do.  But, I’ve never in my life found a pattern, taken yarn and needles, and followed the pattern.

Until Saturday, that is.  Saturday, I sat down to knit a scarf for a friend for Christmas.  (Not you, Jody!  🙂 ) I knew that I wanted to knit with one ball of yarn, something big and lacy, on big ol’ needles.  So, I started searching for patterns.  I am a member of a website called Ravelry.  It is for knitters and crocheters.  It’s awesome. I found a fantastic pattern on there called the Peasy Scarf.  It was perfect.  So, I tried it out.

Knitting to a pattern . . . as my poem of the other day suggested . . . is difficult until you get the pattern in your mind.  This pattern was easy.  Slip 1, Yarn Over, Knit 2 together, Knit 1, Yarn Over repeat until you are at the end of the row.  But, until I had that pattern locked in my brain, I could not do it smoothly and by smoothly, I mean that I could not remember to yarn over when I was supposed to so I would end up with too few stitches and then have to backtrack (ie. rip out or un-knit).  The trouble was that until I was comfortable doing the stitches, I couldn’t backtrack successfully and had to rip it all out.  Frustration loomed.

And, then, all of a sudden, I had it down.  I didn’t have to work to keep the pattern in my head, repeating it over and over to myself as I went along so I didn’t mess it up.  Suddenly, I was just doing it.  I knew what each stitch should look like and I kept myself on track.  When I did make a mistake, I could easily backtrack until I found the error and fix it.  It was like magic.  Plus, once I reached that point, the pattern really was totally “peasy.”  Loved it.

Scarf knit for friend

Hope my friend does too.  I ordered this to go with it.  I think it’s a rockin’ cool gift.

The guy who makes these shawl pins has some truly amazing other shawl/scarf pins.  Check his Etsy shop out.  Supporting small artisans during this troubled economy is one way to feel good about spending money!

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3 Responses to “Knitting Success”

  1. bevson 15 December, 2008 at 2:47 am #

    The yarn you chose is beautiful and I LOVE the pin. She is going to blown away. Homemade gifts are the best!

  2. KGMom 15 December, 2008 at 4:56 am #

    Another knitter here–I learned when I was a wee lasss (6 yrs. old!) using bent bobby pins–straightened out.

    Anyway, I know what you mean about getting a pattern in your head. Oddly, some of the simplest patterns are the ones on which I get lost the quickest. Current project–a blanket for my daughter (she’s 26) being knitted on a circular needle. Pattern (on an uneven number of stitches cast on) K 2, P 1, ending row on a P. Over and over again–it looks like a big stocking stitch. Cool. But I can get off track easily–of course it is so easy to back up and fix.

  3. jodyss 15 December, 2008 at 9:33 am #

    It’s gorgeous! Congratulations. And yes, I’m jealous of the intended recipient, whoever the lucky girl is.

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