I love sewing. I'd probably sew all the time if I could. But one problem with sewing, especially in my house, is all the set-up/clean-up involved since I don't have a designated craft room. Also, I can't bring my sewing projects with me, to work on anywhere, or for little 5 minute moments of free time.
So, I decided to teach myself to knit.
I was at the fabric store the other day, buying fabric to line the drawers of my girls' new dresser (see below) and while there, I wandered into the yarn aisle and decided today is the day I will learn how to knit. I saw a woman shopping for yarn and asked her if she knew how to knit. Yes! I told her that I would like to learn and asked her if she could tell me which needles a beginner should use.
Lesson 1: Needle size depends on the yarn you use.
So first I needed to pick my yarn. She suggested something not too thin and not 100% polyester (as it can be rough on your fingers). I also needed to pick what I want to make so I can chose the yarn. How about a scarf, that's easy, right? I chose "Barley", a nice brown color, in a blend of lamb's wool and acrylic. Then she showed me how to look on the back of the yarn to figure out which size needles I'll need.
The number "13" in the upper left corner of the left purple section is the American measurement size of the needle this yarn requires. The "9mm" is the metric measurement size. The purple square on the right tells you which crochet needle to use...not sure how to read that! And I'm also not sure what the 12R and the 9 STS mean yet, though I'm sure a quick Google search would fix that. But all I needed to know was the "13" and that's what I bought, needles that were size 13.
That night I sat down and did a Google search for how-to-knit videos. I looked at a handful, but ultimately found two that I could easily follow. The first thing I learned is that there are two steps required to get started.
First you have to "cast on"
which is your first row of stitches on one needle (are they called stitches when it's knitting?) I watched the the video 3 times before being ready to give it a shot. I picked up the needles and yarn and was ready to go!
So you take the end of the yarn....um, where's the end of the yarn?
Where is the end of the yarn?
I searched and searched. I can't find it! I had to do a Google search for "how to find the end of the yarn".
Apparently I'm not the only one because there were several tutorials on Youtube for just that: How to
Whew, I found the end! Now I'm ready to cast on. Now,that wasn't so hard. The toughest part was the slip knot, well that and finding the end.
After you have finished casting on to one needle, you are ready to introduce the second needle...and now you are knitting! I liked the woman from the first video, so I followed another one of her videos to learn
Step 2: how to make a knit stitch.