Thursday, May 7, 2015

How is my knitting going you ask?

I had my first knitting lesson back on March 12th.  So two months later here is what I have learned:


  • I can do a slip knot; albeit looking at instructions on the internet, I just need to do it more often.
  • I can cast on
  • I can cast off
  • I can do both the knit and purl stitches
  • I can follow a very simple pattern
  • I can "knit in the round."
  • I know how to "k2tog," which means knit two stitches together.
All of the above I feel confident in doing.

I have even finished knitting two items that are wearable:
These are toddler knitted hats, using this pattern.  I knit this hat first:
Then this hat on Tuesday/Wednesday, I am finding it a lot looser knit for some reason?
My baby blanket is a work in progress but I am in no hurry to finish it.  I do want to make another toddler hat, so that I have one for each of the grands.  I still have a LOT to learn with this knitting.  I would like to knit a pair of mittens next, but even the simplest mittens knitting pattern confuses me still.

Overall I am pleased with my progress and even if all I ever learn to knit is hats and blankets, both are useful things.  I still go to the knit and sit session on a Tuesday and I thoroughly enjoy myself and the advise they give me is super.  


26 comments:

Marilyn K said...

I think you have made great progress with knitting in a very short time. You've got the basics. Your stitches look very even. The next thing to learn is yarn over (yo) then you can intentionally put holes in your knitting and call it lace! Ha! I've been knitting for years and there is still so much I don't know. Have fun with it.

Morgan said...

Well done! You are learning so fast. The hats look great xx

Craig said...

You're doing greata. My mum is an avid knitter and I never fail to be impressed by the skills involved. She has knitted about 100 hats and squares for blankets for orphaned babies in Romania in the past few months.

Anna of the Mutton Years said...

Well done. It will be a pashmina next.

Jacquelineand.... said...

You know, I totally was asking myself that this afternoon. "Wonder how Gill's knitting is going?" I said to myself.

Seriously, your toddler hats look, well, grand... I'd love to be able to knit, but it's just not in the cards.

Gillian said...

You're coming on very well with your knitting. Give it time! You have to get experience doing simple things first. Knitting in the round isn't something I would expect a new knitter to be doing so you are progressing fast already.

Rose said...

I think you have did wonderful with the knitting. And I would love to be able to knit just simple stuff. My girls and son-in-law both wear those type of hats, and I would love to Knit a scarf. I was watching a video on knitting a dishrag, and I thought I can do that. And one of these days I will give it a whirl...just not now.

Mysti said...

I think they both look terrific!

Maria said...

Your hats look good well done

Paula said...

Do you realize with your list of knitting skills you could easily make the 'complicated' gloves from my page yesterday? You are doing great!!

One Family said...

Wow! you are doing great! I haven't tried anything that difficult yet. Still working on my 2nd blanket. I'm almost done. Just being lazy not completing it. Not sure what I want to try yet, but those hats are really cute!

Helen Graham said...

Love the hats. You are doing really well. I learned to knit when I was 5 (over 50 years ago) and I still can't get the hang of knitting in the round.

Rachel said...

Wow those hats look great! I think you are doing a great job. The few times people have tried to teach me to knit...well let's just say that I have no talent in catching on to that. LOL

Little Red Hen said...

Congrats on the hats. They look very nice & cosy.

EG CameraGirl said...

I think you have made amazing progress in a very short while. KUDOS!

Wendy said...

You can knit - you can purl, and now, in truth, you can do anything in knitting you put your mind too! Good work with the hats, they look great!

Cat Lover said...

Your hats look great. I always had trouble with the tension and the end product looked rather strange.

Cheapchick said...

Those little caps are so cute - well done!

Betsy said...

Oh my goodnes! Your hats are adorable. Good job! For a beginning knitter those hats are very advanced projects and they look perfect. Already doing the decrease stitch is big news! :-) Your tension can change depending on how tense you may be while knitting, especially when you first learn. The last one may be looser because you are finding it easier and thus you are relaxing more. I am very impressed wth these finishes. I'm so glad you have a group to go to. I would like to find one close by too.
Blessings,
Betsy

summer said...

Great progress! love the hats. you're a fast learner.

Scrappy quilter said...

Well I for one think you are doing a wonderful job. Great job on the hats.

TrishWish said...

Well done. My knitting is about the same standard and I can do hats! My mother and her sisters were expert knitters (but I was the sewer). Still my kids escaped the knitted swimming trunks by cousins had!

William Kendall said...

The hats look well done.

Wisewebwoman said...

I am a lifelong knitter and I must say I am so impressed with what you've done!

Fabulous.

XO
WWW

angela said...

Well done. Look at you a professional knitter lol

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

You have done fantastic with your knitting. Are you making items for your Christmas list yet?