Wow, what a response I got from my first post in which I told you I was going to learn to knit. You gave me so much encouragement, I felt so special. You were giving me tips to help me get started and you shared your experiences with learning to knit. I’m sure you want to know how it’s going with my adventure. Well actually it’s going amazing, I am totally getting the hang of this.
As you might remember, I am knitting the Shawl of Secrets designed by Sarah Knight using Scheepjes Secret Garden yarn. If you are looking for the pattern, it’s a Scheepjes After Party booklet available in English Print, Dutch Print (Nederlands), or as a digital download on Ravelry. Scheepjes Secret Garden is available from Wool Warehous (UK/Int), Caro’s Atelier (NL/EU), Love Crochet/Knitting (US), and many other Scheepjes stockists.
I didn’t really know where to start so I asked my friend Tammy from Canadutch how to go about learning to knit. She advised me to look into the work by Staci from Very Pink. Really, this lady is great. In her knitting library she shows you exactly what to do, what to watch out for and assumes nothing. Kind of like I do for crochet 😉 I watched some of her videos and a few hours later I was making my shawl.
I have learned that knitting is actually very easy. All it boils down to really are two stitches, the rest is all a variation on those two stitches. I can do the knit stitch, and I can do the purl stitch, so I guess I can knit! I am not knitting completely as you are supposed to, I have my own unique version of continental knitting going on here because I am used to holding my yarn in my left hand and holding it in a certain way that works for crochet, but it’s also working for my knitting and I guess that’s all that matters.
To be able to make the Shawl of Secrets you need to be able to do knit stitches, pearl stitches, yarn over to make an increase, keep track of stitches by using a stitch marker and be able to count. Don’t underestimate how hard it is to count! I have already worked too many rows in knit stitch and then had to do less rows in garter stitch to compensate. Ooee, learning the knitting vocabulary already and fudging where needed. I am soon to be a pro at this rate.
From here on it’s all just plain sailing I think. Will show you my finished shawl soon.
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