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Lessons

My struggle with knitting never ends ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although the second part of my knitting book wants me to knit a jumper or a cardigan at this stage, I definitely don’t feel ready. My stitches still look bad and I don’t want to waste a lot of yarn for something that I (or anyone else) wouldn’t want to wear. So I’m sticking with smaller projects. Challenge for now – a hat for myself.

I found the pattern for beginners: Easy knit beanie by Amanda J. French. I wanted something very simple, no fancy stitches, and this pattern is just that. It’s also knitted in rows, however I ended up knitting it in rounds. It’s not that I wanted a challenge, but my stocking stitch is just awful, with completely different sizes of knit and purl rows. I thought that, since when working in rounds all rows are knitted and not purled, this issue should solve itself, right? And actually I was right ๐Ÿ™‚ The stitch looks much better, but I had other problems along the way… Just look here and see why:

So many dropped stitches! I also created the “ladder” at the ribbed edge, but – hurrah! – I figured out how to avoid it later. But the main problem was that my circular needles are bamboo, and that’s not the best option when knitting in rounds I think – they’re not slippery enough. Plus, I had to use magic loop because they’re too long. In the end I was so fed up with the constant struggle with the needles that I decided to use double-pointed needles instead, and that was the best decision: I found working with them much better, and the fact that they’re not slippery was a good thing, as it secured the stitches from slipping off the needles.

So all in all, I’m not terribly happy with the hat, but I learned a lot: how to knit in rounds, how to use magic loop, circular and double-pointed needles, and I learned the German twisted cast-on method, which is awesome for edges of socks or hats. Also, there is hope I think, since the top of the hat looks definitely better and there are much fewer dropped stitches, so maybe I made some progress? Yay! ๐Ÿ˜€

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I’m definitely going to buy a set of interchangeable circular needles this month or the next though. When I bought the bamboo set it was because they were cheap and I had no clue if I would really manage to continue with my knitting lessons for long. But now that it seems so, it’s worth to invest in something better. As for the regular straight and double-pointed needles, the cheap bamboo ones are actually very good for me, so no need to change those. And in the meantime I’m planning to try to knit another hat or maybe two, until I’m really happy with the results. I still have some leftover yarn that will be perfect for such small projects. I’m also planning to try with gloves or socks later, as I don’t see myself knitting a sweater anytime soon. Not yet…

OK, but the title of the post is “Lessons”. What’s another one, you wonder? Well, do you remember this rug I crocheted in November? It no longer looks the way it used to. This is the same rug, 2017 edition:

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That’s right, I was too lazy for hand washing and I machine-washed it instead. And now instead of a rug, I have a felted doormat, because it shrank so much! So that’s my lesson number two from the past week: if the yarn label instructs you to wash by hands only – don’t try to outsmart it and use the washing machine instead! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Although I kind of like the felted texture of it to be honest…

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5 thoughts on “Lessons

    1. True! I need to work on a method that would not decrease the size so much though ๐Ÿ˜‰ Although as it is now it’s perfect size for my cats to curl up and relax on it…

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  1. Such a lovely color, bright sea blue, plava kao more ๐Ÿ˜‰ …Um, the top of your hat promises a lot, I think it’s quite a progress in a single project for a knitting novice. Experimenting with different sizes and types of needles is essential, as you have already experienced. My crochet beginnings were equally messy, I thought I’d never manage to control that strange object called the crochet hook, but I put a lot of love in the process as I’m sure you do too with your knitting. Keep it up ! xo

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement, Leah, it means a lot! I can be quite stubborn sometimes so I’m not giving up! Especially that I think I caught the knitting bug already ๐Ÿ˜‰ Plus I can see how much yarn I can save when knitting, compared to crochet, that it’s totally worth the effort to learn. And you are right, I look back at my crochet beginnings years ago, and how messy it was… even a year ago when I took up crocheting again after many years, I wasn’t able to crochet an even square, and now I’m so confident and not scared of any challenges. But it’s awesome to be able to share the struggle with all of you here and hear the supporting words, thanks again!

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