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How I learn to knit

by Patsy

Intarsia Knitting

Intarsia Knitting

Two years ago I learned how to crochet. I took to it like a fish in water! In no time I had mastered fancy lace crochet, fine thread crochet and the most complex projects.

I started to wonder why I hadn't started to crochet much sooner in my life. That got me to thinking that I would like to learn how to knit as well. Although I love to crochet, there are some projects that just seem to come out better with knitting, especially sweaters (think smooth fine knitted sweaters, instead of bumpy crochet) or gloves.

So I decided, what the heck, I'll learn how to knit. I already had plenty of yarn, so I only had to buy knitting needles. I was able to find an array of metal knitting needles in various sizes cheap at the thrift store. I then used online tutorials to learn the basics of knitting.

I thought it would be as easy as crochet. Was I in for a surprise! Knitting turned out to be so much more difficult than crochet. I mastered the basics (knit and purl) but floundered on moving beyond anything more complex than a scarf. I started to think that I am just not a knitter.

But then I got an email from my local library announcing a new “yarn” group that was meeting to share knitting and crochet projects and tips. Something told me to go and I packed up my current complex crochet project (fine lace) and my basic knitting project (a wash cloth).

At that meeting I got exactly what I needed to move me forward in my knitting. The people there were so inspiring! They gave me practical tips to instantly improve my knitting skills and suggestions for projects that have moved me along past the same old basics.

I am so thankful for the yarn group. If you are struggling with your knitting or crochet, whether with technical problems or lack of inspiration, find a group of fellow yarn people and meet with them in person. It will do you wonders.


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