I managed my first knitted object being five. It was a bag for a doll. It was so complicated at that time, I really wanted to make it – my mother, grandmother and even grandfather – everyone around were good knitters. I wanted to as best as they are, but I guess, in nowadays knitting is not that popular and necessary skill, so it is hard to keep going.
I came back to knitting after taking sewing and clothing constructing courses. I learned so much new things about materials, constructions, shapes, proportion, what impacts the price of the clothing piece. I never used that knowledge, except.. I stopped buying clothes. I cannot find anything what could catch my eye – the choice of shops is really poor, so I am looking forward to visiting dad in Valencia trip so I could also buy few higher quality items for myself.
Knitting takes part in this story. I thought it would be nice to have some knitted pieces, so I tried few different projects myself. And on most of them I failed. I never wanted old-school type of weather which just makes you warm, but doesn’t make you stylish. I was looking for good quality, nice finish, easy/basic pieces. Trying again and again made me realise what was I doing wrong, so I’d like to share my experience on how to start knitting successfully.
The cut (the project). Select the same cut you already own and it fits you well. It is the safe way to improve your knitting skills: you can measure the project as often as that makes you feel good about what you are doing, also it helps with motivation – you know how the finished project will look like. I also advise to knit a scarf as your first project – you can stop whenever you want, you can also try different patterns you like, got to the knitting in general.
The pattern. Select the one you manage very well. Clothing projects are more complicated then blankets or scarves – increases, decreases, curves, measuring make them hard to handle at first. So select the pattern you know well and don’t need to stare at the written letters at the same time as knitting (I mean, for me R1: K3, P2, K1; R2: K2, P2, K2; R3: means nothing – I cannot remember it, I would better go with video tutorial at first, learn the pattern and then work on the project). I suggest:
Details. Avoid hand made looking details or – details that you cannot make perfect. It is better to have more minimalistic project for beginning rather that do some crazy stuff on it (bubbles, buttons, ruffles should be considered very well)
Finish. Super similar advise, but still. After you put all the pieces into one, you may want to add some “wibe”. Don’t do that, again unless you really want that. Fringes and crochet – both are ok, but it takes time and practice until you are able to do that professionally.
Selecting yarn and needles. Don’t trust yourself. I always think that I know what I need, but double-check with consultants at shops is always good idea. Bring the picture of what your desired project looks like, so they could help you better. Annalise all samples. You will never get the same result using thicker needles or different yarn that original object was made from. You should also consider that when selecting a project.
I hope that helps. And I think I will come back with some detailed presentations of my projects. Already having one in my head.