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After [ profile] akirlu's suggestion yesterday of how-to videos on YouTube, I've been having a blast watching and learning new stitches. Of course, it's not as easy as I'd like to find instructions for the continental style, but I've managed to adapt. So far I've learned: the purl stitch, the stockinette stitch, the rib-knit stitch, how to increase (the yarn-over method) and decrease (the knit two together method and the slip knit pass), the eyelet stitch (combination yarn-over and knit two together), and the pearl seed stitch. [I had seed pearls on my mind, I guess.]

I practiced purling for a while, ripping out and starting over a couple of times, then decided to make a sampler to test the new knowledge. So I did one using all the above techniques except the decrease by slip knit pass, in order. Except for a bit of a wobble at the beginning, I think I did rather well with it. What do you think?
The Evidence: )

And now I'm off to buy some more yarn and a crochet hook. Lord help me.
moderate_excess: (Heart Yarn)
For my knitting friends out there, here are a few words on the evolution of my knitting skills over the past 6 days.

I got the yarn (Lamb's Pride worsted) on Thursday, Jan 15 and started knitting that evening. I worked on it during prime time TV watching over the next three days, finishing on Sunday, Jan 18. On Monday, Jan 19, I took it in to the yarn shop and had some questions answered, learned how to knit two colors at once, and bought another skein of a slightly different color as they had no more of my original color. Brought it home, unraveled the entire first try (rolling the yarn into a ball), and started all over again. I've now put in 3 evenings worth of work into it, and it's really coming along nicely this time, I think. It's now 44" long and is, I suspect, a bit over half finished.

I had a great comment from [ profile] kateyule, which reads, in part, "Key factors in being a good knitter: Being willing to tear back because something just isn't right. Also, being willing to forge ahead despite trivial errors nobody will ever notice unless you point them out. Extra points for deciding which principle is appropriate in a given situation." My answer was rather long, but pertinent to this post, so I'm going to quote myself here:

Ha! Yes! I've already put both of these into practice. I undid the entire first scarf as it was riddled with problems. (I finished it because I a) wanted to see how long it would take, b) wanted to see how much scarf I got from the yarn, and c) needed the practice.) I only got to the comfort point about 20 rows from the end.

The new scarf is a combination of two skeins of yarn, as the knitting shop didn't have a second one of the original color I chose and, alas, I am too poor to buy a lot of yarn. I'm doing one row to the end and back of one color, then switching. As I got about halfway in on the first night, I noticed I'd doubled one of the rows. I thought about ripping out, but decided it made for a less boring pattern to have a few irregularities like that, and I even threw in a deliberately doubled row of the other color further up. Then as I was looking at it just now I discovered I'd done it again. I'm glad I decided to leave it be, as it's nicer to think of it as a serendipitous design element rather than a mistake!

And, for posterity and because I am not afraid to show how much of a n00b I really am, here be pictures. )


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