I’m a crocheter. I crochet. That’s the only yarn craft I learned and the only one I think I’ve somewhat mastered. But I’m not happy just knowing one yarn craft. Are there very many yarn crafts out there? Anyway, I couldn’t help but notice the number of knitters out there with their dainty needles and fun clicking sounds as they make stitches. I’m convinced that the world has more knitters than crocheters and it’s about time I became part of the knitters group. The reason for this sudden decision is mainly because I like learning new skills and the few knitted projects I’ve completed feel so nice, for example, wash cloths – in crochet they are slightly stiff and coarse, made for scrubbing but in knit they are soft and stretchy, ideal for baby skin.
So far the only downside to knitting is that it seems to take much longer to finish a project that in crochet – but I’m telling myself that’s because I’m only learning and am very slow. Oh and I haven’t learned yet how to “pick up a stitch” so it’s frustrating when I realise there’s a hole in the project a few rows later.
But I will figure it out.
This morning I fully had the intention of carrying out each item on my to-do list but after I checked my email, I went on Pinterest. Bad idea. I saw a pattern for these cute little mice. Aren’t they cute?? I noticed it was a knitted pattern and thought, “I think I can figure it out.”
Here’s what I have so far:
And it’s only taken me thirty minutes to get there!
The only struggle I’m having is with purling. To purl you insert the needle in the front, bottom to top and then wrap the working yarn counter clockwise. At least that’s how I understand it. But the needle feels foreign in my hands as I clumsily poke it through the loops, praying the stitch won’t slip off the other needle.
The plan is to keep purling until it feels natural.
Knit stitches on the other hand are way easier for me to do. Inspired by this blog, I made this hat:
One side is all knitted and the other side is knit and purl. Not bad for a beginner, hey?
I think that given the number of knitted projects I’ve completed in the last week (3 in total) there seems to be no sign of me giving up on learning how to knit. I’d like to say I’m hooked but that seems more appropriate for crochet. Is there an equivalent expression for knitting? If there is, that’s what I am 🙂