I am a far less proficient knitter than I am a crocheter. In fact, I’m pretty much a beginner. I learnt a little knitting when I was at school, in fact I’m sure I got my picture in the paper holding the blanket my class had made and donated to an old people’s home or something, but I never knew how to cast on or off. Actually, just a simple knit stitch was probably about the extent of my ability, and was swiftly forgotten.
When I picked up my crochet again as a more regular hobby a year or so ago, I discovered the wonders of Ravelry. Searching for more challenging projects, but something that would be useful and useable, I found myself looking at clothing patterns; jumpers, cardigans etc but didn’t like the effect of the defined rows you tend to get with crochet and found myself drawn to knitting patterns instead.
The Facebook group for crocheters that I am a member of started a knitalong bunny project for those who fancied branching out into other yarn-crafts, so I joined in. I found that I picked up the basics quite quickly and enjoyed the fabric I could create. I struggled a little with how to hold the needles most comfortably and effectively, but a bit of guidance from my grandmother helped there.
My son was delighted with the small bunny that I made for him, so I decided to find a more challenging project to work on. I already own plenty of hats, gloves and scarves, so I chose a reasonably simple-looking pattern for a cardigan that I thought I would probably wear. I paid a visit to my local (to my parents’ house) yarn shop and invested in the yarn and needles I required, plus other bits and bobs to set me up for knitting and some rather pretty buttons. I love that moment of getting home with a bag of new purchases and squishing the yarn as you take it out and admire it.
I immediately set-to and cast on my first real knitting project. The ribbing band at the bottom was quickly worked up and then I switched onto bigger needles to continue working up the back panel. The pattern is straightforward in many ways, but calls for you to work increases and decreases at certain measurements, rather than specifying row counts, which I find a little hard to keep track of if I’m honest. I got as far as the shaping around the armholes and stuttered to a halt. I still need to refer to YouTube every now and again when I come to a new type of stitch, and haven’t quite managed to coordinate sitting at the computer and having my knitting out at the same time. I also admit to being rather daunted by the enormity of the project – particularly with regard to making the two front panels correctly match up with the back panel when, as I say, the measurements seem less than precise. It was perhaps not the most appropriate undertaking for a complete novice, but I do intend to continue with it, not least because I can’t bring myself to frog everything I’ve done up to this point, and also because, having recently perused Ravelry again, I’ve not seen any other pattern that has the right combination of being something I would choose to wear, and something I think is an achievable project to knit.
So, I will endeavour to find the time and inclination to resurrect the cardigan and see how I get on.