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Did anyone decide to learn to knit with me? I admit, I browsed Joann walking down the knitting aisle and staring for way too long at all the needles (some connected by plastic cords?!) not sure which would be best to buy. It was weirdly a hard decision. I didn’t have an easy pattern, because I can’t read a pattern, so I wasn’t sure which materials I needed that would corresponded with an easy pattern. It was a strange, seemingly super important catch-22 of a decision. I decided a kit would be a lot easier, and a bit less overwhelming, since a kit would include everything I would need to make a specific item. The Learn to Knit Kit at Knitpicks is absolutely perfect for what I wanted. This crocheter learned to knit!
It turned out to be a positive experience. The kit is wonderful and is an easy way to learn to knit without investing in lots of materials. I worked slowly, trying to remember as I went. I actually find it even more cathartic than crochet, but maybe that’s because this washcloth is repetitive and there is no need to count stitches.
I struggle learning things through photos. Thankfully, the kit providing me with everything I needed including URLs for videos for each step.
I took everyone’s advice and learned Continental Style. Basically, I hold my yarn almost exactly as I hold it for crochet, and hold the non-working needle the same way I would hold my crochet project if I were crocheting. It’s super weird. I am not sure if I want to show you, because I am sure it’s a really terrible way to knit, and really bad form. But it works for me, and I am already getting faster.
Also, for fun I decided to bind off my knit washcloth with a tunisian crochet hook! It’s a quick and easy way to finish up that last row, and I might use it again in the future once I have mastered the “real” way to bind off.
I definitely need more practice (as you can see!), but I am enjoying the learning process, so I am okay with more practice. It is much slower going than crochet, I think I will probably prefer working with larger needles and chunky yarn.
If you are ready to get started and learn to knit, check out this Level 1 Learn to Knit Kit, and be sure to read these 52 Tips for a Crocheter Learning to Knit.
So far, I am feeling pretty confident with the knit stitch, and I haven’t felt super frustrated, but I am so excited to have learned this new skill. I pulled out my Level 2 Kit today, which is instructions for a scarf! I am excited to learn about color changes :)
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