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Have you completed your first knitting project? Did you take a picture?
You should …
You will be surprised at how far you will come in just a short time.
I have two projects I consider “first” knitting projects.
This one is my actual first project, done as a child. I was probably about 11 or 12. Why do we always start with scarves? Hindsight being 20/20, I think that is too big a project for a beginner.
Anyway, I remember starting very enthusiastically, but quickly got bored with the stockinette section and my mom finished the scarf for me. I will give her the credit for this one. Thanks, Mom!
A couple of things I can see with my more experienced knitter’s eye that would make me not recommend this is a first project, if you are a newbie.
- It’s a big project for someone just learning to knit. That makes it too easy to get bored and set it aside (like I did).
- Too much stockinette stitch (knit 1 side, then purl the other), which makes the sides curl, even with the small garter stitch border (knit every row for newbie knitters). Even with blocking, the curl comes back. Looking at it now, many years later, that curl still bugs me.
- The fringe is messy and tangled. I’m not a fan of fringe to begin with and tend to leave it off projects, but mom finished this for me, to the project specs, so I have fringe.
One of the things about this project that I love is the textured section at both ends. You can make magic with simple combinations of knits and purls. To me, textured knits have always been pleasing and I tend to veer toward projects that include texture, even today.
The second project I consider a first project, because it’s the first one I completed beginning to end are these Gotham Gauntlets. When I took up knitting again in 2010, this was the first thing I made.
These were knitted flat and then seamed. You can’t see the seam in this photo, but it was pretty sloppy if I recall. These days, I make something like this by knitting in the round. Again, the project called for stockinette stitch and I think these simple mitts turned out okay.
Since I basically had to relearn everything, I referred to YouTube and couple of How to Knit guides that I downloaded and off I went.
I don’t think I did too badly for a first effort except for one little thing. Can you see it? There is a 1 row ridge on the back of the left hand, but we’re just going to call that a design element. 🙂
And how far I’ve come since then.
I started off needing something to occupy my hands at night. I never envisioned I would want to write a blog about knitting and start designing my own patterns, but that’s a story for another day.