Knitting: Learning a New Skill

I really like learning and educating myself on a variety of topics, and recently, I have decided to try to add a new craft to my skill set – knitting.

Hello readers! I am back after an unintentional break (my last post was in June, so I seem to have skipped over the entire summer months, oops.)

My Mom taught me to knit when I was about nine or ten years old. I can clearly recall sitting knitting whilst watching Noel’s House Party on a Saturday night, and being proud of my albeit slow and essentially pointless progress. Back then, I would literally just knit a few rows, not intending to actually make anything, just for the joy of the act itself.

Fast forward around twenty years, and I have decided to pick up the needles once again! I have wanted to return to knitting for years, but always told myself that I would find it frustrating, that knitting required a good memory, strong concentration, and numerous counting. Whilst more advanced knitting may require those skills, thus far I have found it to be SO ENJOYABLE!

For my first foray into the craft, I decided to knit a cardigan. On reflection, perhaps this was a rather large first project to tackle, but overall the end result is not bad. I bought needles, yarn and the pattern from Hobbycraft. To begin with; I just wanted to essentially create a ‘kit’ for myself, having everything that I would need to complete the project from start to finish.

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The pattern stated that it was suitable for a beginner, so I just thought let’s dive right in! Initially, I was a bit of a mess – I couldn’t even remember how to cast-on my stitches! But, thank goodness for Youtube. The pattern itself is quite minimal, with very little guidance on how to actually, um, knit. So Youtube tutorials proved immensely helpful throughout this project!

The cardigan is knitted in Moss stitch throughout, however, I added ribbing at the cuffs as I thought it would be a nice touch. The pattern called for size 5mm needles, used with Leader of the Pac yarn (which was the ‘official’ yarn to knit the cardigan in). However, after knitting a tension square, it was too small, so I decided to go up to a 5.5mm needle size. This was irritating, as when I was in Hobbycraft getting my materials, I only purchased the supplies listed on the pattern. So I then had to pop out a few days later and get myself a pair of 5.5mm needles.

Otherwise, the pattern knitted up fairly easily. The yarn is nice and warm to wear, and to be honest I am just really pleased that I managed to achieve this!

In a way, it feels weird learning a new craft as a complete beginner. In terms of comparing my knitting skills to my sewing skills, I feel as if I have just left primary school – being in the eldest and most knowledgeable year, to then starting secondary school – as bottom of the pack. I love looking at instagram etc for knitting inspiration, but also feel rather daunted! And I also know that more experienced knitters will look at these pictures and probably see lots of mistakes/areas I could improve. But – we all have to start somewhere..

And for a first knit, I am pretty proud.

Until next time dears!

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11 thoughts on “Knitting: Learning a New Skill

  1. Helen Snell says:

    I think you’ve done a great job! I, like you tend to sew as my main crafty hobby but also like to knit too and am also learning slowly.
    I think it is good to always be learning something new especially as we get older. I have managed a few garments now and have even managed to knit socks (which are easier than you would think) and each time I feel I am improving a little more. I still have find patterns in basic stitches but I’m fine with that. I even wear things I’ve made now whereas in the beginning they weren’t really suitable for public consumption, unlike yours which looks fab!! xx

  2. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Helen, thanks so much! I definitely think I want to keep learning new things as I get older (even though it seems to be harder to do so as the years go by!) Socks seem really difficult to me – so that sounds amazing that you have knitted some! Gradually I hope to progress onto different stitches, and using more than one colour, haa ha! But for now, baby steps to build my confidence ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  3. acraftteacuppa says:

    Brilliant first make. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Next time you pop out can I suggest popping in to your local charity shops… they usually have a pot full of knitting needles and crochet hooks for a tiny fraction of the cost of buying new. I personally prefer metal needles but they are becoming increasingly harder to find. My friends tend to like the newer bamboo ones but I always think they are going to snap under the weight of a big project ;’D

    Lainey

  4. Marilyn says:

    Jenny Frances I am impressed with the great job you did with the sweater. It is lovely. You chose a pretty color that is just perfect for the season. I did knit a sweater many years ago but it I did not use a pattern. It was not too bad for a beginner. I enjoy knitting but have not gotten to it lately.. It is nice to have you back. Missed your posts.
    Marilyn

  5. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Lainey, That’s such a great idea! I always have my ‘fabric /sewing pattern’ hunting head on when I mooch around charity shops, but I hadn’t thought that they might be a great place to pick up yarn & knitting needles! I think I have spent so long completely overlooking anything yarn or knitting with the mindset that I couldn’t knit.. but that is now all about to change! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Jenny Frances says:

    Hi Marilyn, Thank you so much! I had a bit of a personally testing time this summer, so I found myself switching between burying my head in the sand & throwing myself into other projects to distract my mind. I almost felt like I had forgotten how to write a blog post, so it is nice to be back & to receive your lovely comments! Thank you so much, your words really mean a lot to me xxx

  7. Annie says:

    You sweater looks great. I am encouraged and inspired by your project. I have wanted to make something more challenging than a sweater for a couple of years. I also learned the basics at about 11 and now want to get back into it after many, many : D years. Keep it up.! can’t wait to see more in the future

  8. tovintagelizze says:

    I applaud you for taking up this challenge and you did an awesome job right out of the gate. I wish I could knit, sew etc but long ago I realized that I was all thumbs and would by no means be able to tackle the fine skills needed for knitting lol! Thank goodness for knitters who do sell their work ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep up the good work!

  9. Cherry says:

    Agree about always learning something new. I returned to knitting after many years break when grandchildren came along. Still no expert but have found wonderful resources to help on t’internet. Have you seen Ravelry? Free to join and you can look up patterns and see what others have made plus notes.

  10. Janey says:

    I am so in awe of people who knit! I am just so boggled by knitting and the things I want to make are often said to be the most difficult! So I just never get around to it! I love the color of this sweater you created! And you did a wonderful job!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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