Knit one, purl one
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Knit one, purl one

Towards the end of last year I decided to take up knitting. I taught myself to crochet and I love it. I have found the method quite therapeutic and natural, but I was getting tired of  the lack of contemporary patterns that appealed to my aesthetic.

So when we went on holiday in October last year I decided to take advantage of the additional child care on hand (there were 7 adults in total – yay!) to teach myslef to knit.

As usual these things are always easier said than done.

I have got my head around the basics….casting on, knit, purl and decreasing/increasing. I do however seem to have developed a strange way of holding the needles (the right one sits under my right arm) and with certain yarns (not so much with wool/high wool content yarns) my stocking stitch looks a little tight on one side of the v…if you get what I mean (there’s a picture further down this post).

I showed my technique to friendly lady at the local wool shop and by all accounts I’m knitting correctly but perhaps my tension is off. She think it will get better with time. Ho hum.

This is my very first project…just the one slipped stitch!

The pattern is from a book I picked up whilst in America, Knitting for Baby. The pattern is supposed to fit babies up to 24 months

Now, I’m not the sort of person to be patient enough to knit a tension swatch. I am sure that this will properly bight me in the bum when I come to do a much larger project. So the hat worked out ok but it doesn’t fit! Either my tension was way too tight or my daughter has a large head for a 17 month old!

Here is my second project from Baby Knits for Beginners by Debbie Bliss

along with a close-up of my tension problem that I mentioned above….

I was really pleased with how it turned out but being acrylic it seems to have stretched a fair bit. I guess the good news is that at least it will fit her for a few years to come!

Comment (1)

  • That’s pretty fantastic going, LBD! I don’t know if the slightly slanting stockinette is your ‘fault’ – I have been knitting for a couple of years now, and every now and again I get a yarn that just does that – it can sometimes be due tot he direction of the twist of the yarn and whether you knit from the centre of the skein or the outside. Have a looksie at this article:

    Mimi x


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