Sleeves down, Yoke to go
Looks like my cardigan will appear one of these days, heheh.
Basically, I just want to chronicle my knitting journey. Hope you find some of the info here useful too!
1. Get someone to show you how the basic stitches of cast on, knit, purl and cast off are done. You''ll be well on your way to mastering the rest of the techniques as these form the basis of your skill.
2. Start off with some practice. The traditional beginner's project is a scarf. It allows for lots of practice and there is fewer things that can go wrong with knitting a rectangular piece of knitwear ^_^;; If scarves aren't to your liking, there are variations on the theme, eg. handphone pouches, handkerchief, etc.
3. You will make mistakes. Find out why. The learning curve isn't steep but to master knitting will take time. Every knit is a learning process. =D
4. Free patterns online are your best friend. I''ll admit that if you're learning on your own, you''ll want to get a good book that you can refer to (I'd recommend "Stitch 'n Bitch"... others in my knitting community would say Zimmerman's "Knitting Without Tears" is good too).
5. Find a community. Like here! It's great to find support, especially when you're a beginner. And you can pick up skills from other members. Knitting woes can be expressed as they can't be anywhere else. And anyway, who doesn't want a place to show-off to an appreciative audience? ;)
The sequel to Stitch 'n Bitch. Lots of projects to try out. Tips on making stuff (calculating, changing dimensions and so on). She's gathered much info from S'nB-ers from all over and made it into this book ^_^. Thanks Lois for getting this book! $13.50 + $2.70 (shared shipping)
Photocopied several pages of k&p, aran st, and lace patterns. Also binding off, pick up st, increasing, buttonhole, and bobble techniques. Filed in my knitting file. Borrowed from the library.
How could I not get this photocopied. I had to have it on hand when I was more experienced at this knitting business since I'd really like to knit my own teddy bear! Copied and bound. Borrowed from the library.
Good reading book. Even a school that taught lil' kids how to knit! Borrowed book from the library.
Beautiful book to read. Read reviews that it's actually not meant for beginners. Photocopied the instructions for Cache-Coeur Bergamo. Has since set aside this work to gain more experience on other knitting. Filed in my knitting file. Borrowed book from library.
History of Fair Isle knitting. Much details. Not finished reading yet though may get it photocopied. Borrowed book from the library.
I'm fond of the large, clear pictures, showing you how to knit. Projects are very simple, for the very beginner (like me!) Should have gotten this book first. Bought at Kinokuniya.
Have not gotten 'round to reading the book. But I see there's many nice looking accessories to make. ^_^ Borrowed the book from the library.
A small, handy book. Photocopied the instructions for bed jacket, drawstring slippers, cropped pullover and lace stole. Filed in my knitting file. Borrowed the book from the library.
Very chic, stylish designs. Supposedly easy though at that point, I was a very very new beginner. Didn't start on any projects from there. Photocopied projects for Open-work cardigan, Fringed Scarf & Coat, Hooded Poncho and Ballet Neck Tunic. Filed in knitting folder. Borrowed from the library.
Proved largely useless to a beginner like me. But being so ambitious, photocopied out two cable designs to incorporate in the since FAILED project. Filed in knitting file. Borrowed from library.
Ahhh... my favourite purchase at this point of time. Teaches the basics of knitting and more! Several (easy) projects, one of which I have completed. Will hence be known as S'nB for short. Bought from Kinokuniya. $29.35 - 10%.
Beautiful things to pull over your shoulders. Patterns look great. Had to photocopy the whole thing. Cost me more than the usual job but worth having this around, aye? Copied and bound. Borrowed from the library.
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