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.
- Yarn – Leader of the Pac, 5 balls at 100g in mustard, Hobbycraft
- Pattern – Knitcraft Weekend Cardigan, Hobbycraft
- Needle Size – 5.5 (purchased at local yarn shop)
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!