Well, here is my first official edition of “Technique of the Month”. Each month I will attempt a technique or a craft that I have never done before!!
Many people have told me that knitting can be very therapeutic (can you tell I work with a bunch of therapists??). When I found myself having to unravel my work for the 4th time while untangling a huge knot that had somehow worked itself into the size of a rat’s nest, putting off my lunch because I…JUST…WANTED…TO…FINISH! I started to wonder what they were talking about. However, once I was able to get past that point and started to get a rhythm, it became much more relaxing.
Here is what I learned:
It is best to untangle your yarn before you start! This probably seems like a “duh!” moment, but unfortunately for me, I wasn’t very quick on the pick-up *wink*
Many books are not really for beginners. They have some great simple patterns, but when it comes to learning the basics of casting on, knit stitch vs. purl stitch, etc. they are lacking. One great resource is Lion Brand Yarn’s website. They provide free instructions for both knitting and crochet. This is where I learned that I was doing the purl stitch wrong (which is why, if you are familiar with knitting, you will notice that the stitches look weird on the hat).
Make sure you have plenty of yarn! I really didn’t realize how much yarn a small hat could take (especially when you account for the number of times I made a mistake and had to cut the yarn and start over).
If this is your first time, do not expect the result to look exactly like the picture. While I still think my project turned out pretty cute, it only barely resembles the picture in the book.
Practice makes better. I say this because practicing the stitches really helped me with learning how much tension/slack to give the yarn, and also helped everything to look more uniform. However, my stitches are still not perfect after many hours of practice, and I’m ok with that!
Though it was frustrating at first, I am so glad that I tried this…I love my new hat!!