Learning to Knit, Again

I picked up knitting again, and I love it!

We had a long drive from the west coast back to the east coast. So, I spent time in the car practicing different types of stitches, increasing, decreasing, making buttonholes, casting on and binding off. Once I started to experiment with the needles and yarn, I was amazed at how much I recalled from the few times I have asked my mom to re-teach me over the years.

I was so proud of myself when I remembered how to cast on (You have no idea what a feat that is for me!) that I sent a gleeful text message to my mom with this picture.

The funny thing is, in this picture I had done it incorrectly, it was actually the following try that I got it right.

Once I practiced some of the stitches, I started to pick up some speed.

Basic garter
Half linen
stockinette

I’m making one of the swatches into a coin purse (probably the stockinette stitch one). I need a coin purse because my new wallet is too flat. I love it though, because I can use it like a clutch, too.

My mom bought this fun wallet for me while I was out visiting California (Thanks, Momma!). It has a hint of sparkle to it. If you click on the picture to make it bigger, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Anyway, this yarn matches the clutch quite well.

I only made small swatches of a few types of stitches, but I decided to make a cowl with a seed stitch and a cup cozy in a lacy pattern.

Seed stitch
Lacy feather and fan pattern

Unfortunately, this was the only yarn I brought with me, and we didn’t really have time to stop for other yarn. I’m going to be quite bored with it by the time I finish the two items I’m working on.

When we got home, I found some projects (all scarves) that I had started working on years ago, and never finished.

I think I planned to make this a buttoned cowl
2×2 ribbed scarf

Some of them are/were very close to completion. One of them was only waiting for a bind off, which I did last night.

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I think I must’ve forgotten how to bind off and decided I’d wait until my mom could show me how again. But now, due to hours and hours in the car with nothing else to do (I can’t read without getting nauseous, but for some reason I can knit. Go figure!), I’m finally confident in my ability to cast on and bind off appropriately.

I know I should probably keep practicing for a while first, but I really want to try making a cardigan. So, I’m off to get some yarn once I can decide on a pattern.

Is there anyone out there reading this who knits? Any pattern suggestions?

  1. Marie

    October 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Yay for knitting and well done for picking it up again! I started to learn last year and I love it so much! I’m knitting a chunky cardi at the moment and I’m loving how fast it’s coming along – details here: http://asewingodyssey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/after-quick-chunky-knit.html

    Also, if you like vintage looking knits, you can’t go from with ‘A Stitch in Time’ volumes 1 or 2. I’ve shared a few photos of each here http://asewingodyssey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/dont-ya-just-love-birthdays.html and here http://asewingodyssey.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/stitch-in-time-vol2.html

    Hope this inspires/helps you!

    1. Becca

      October 11, 2012 at 9:44 am

      I’ve been following your knitting adventures. πŸ™‚ You and Lauren made me want to start knitting again with your occasional knitting posts. Thank you for the suggestions, and those ‘Stitch in Time’ books look great!

  2. Sarah Lewis

    October 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Aunt Anne tried to teach me how to knit!! lol. You’ve heard people say they have two left feet when trying to dance? Well, I have two left hands when trying to knit!! But, if you want suggestions or help, just talk to your Aunt Anne Peterson! She’s an expert as I’m sure your mom is also!

    1. Becca

      October 11, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Haha! Every time I’ve tried to pick it up in the past I’ve felt that way. But for some reason, this time I think I finally get it. I’ll keep Aunt Anne in mind. πŸ™‚ Yeah, my mom is definitely an expert. She can do some really complicated stuff, and she knits SO fast.

  3. Lauren

    October 8, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Yay knitting!! I’m not quite a year into learning yet, but I loooove it! Best portable craft ever (home time is sewing time ;)), and I love that it has added a whole new element to my wardrobe. Sweaters and scarves and knit hats, yess!

    Are you on Ravelry? That’s where I get all my patterns (free & paid). Here’s my profile if you wanna be friends πŸ™‚ I don’t know what you’re specifically looking to knit next, or else I’d recommend a pattern… but I will say that sweaters are super super fun to knit, and wearing them is even better πŸ™‚

    1. Becca

      October 11, 2012 at 9:50 am

      It is definitely a great portable craft. You have made me jealous with the couple of cardigans that you’ve posted about on your blog, and the sweater you’re working on now is looking lovely. You and Marie inspired me to pick up knitting again.

      I did actually join Ravelry a few weeks ago. I would love to be freinds on there. πŸ™‚ I’m really looking to knit a cropped cardigan, so it’s great to hear that sweaters are fun to knit. I’ll have to look through some of your favorites on Ravelry. πŸ™‚

  4. Michelle

    November 11, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    I have been catching up on your blog. I should have had you look through my patterns when you were here. I have so may sweater patterns. I’ll have to email you some of the ones I have in digital format. Two sites I like are knitty.com and knittingdaily.com

    1. Becca

      November 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

      That would’ve been great. I’d love it if you would email me the ones you have in digital format. πŸ˜€ I’ve found quite a few free patterns that I like on Ravelry. I’ll have to take a look at the other sites you mentioned.

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