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First Attempt at Knitting 
2nd-Nov-2008 11:35 pm
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First Attempt at Knitting
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The larger swatch in the bottom left is about 10cm by 10cm, as measured, and knitted. The other is purled 22 by 30, both with UK size 8 needles, which the tension guide on the yarn seemed to imply would produce a 10x10cm square. It did not, but I'm still proud of the swatches, and obviously am learning the importance of doing tension swatches fist.

I have also learned:
- to keep the stitches as loose as possible. Needle size and yarn dictate size of stitch, not me pulling it super tight.
- the importance of finding a rhythm and using muscle memory
- that row counters rock.
- that is all else fails, you can start again no problem.

I kinda like this knitting milarkey.

Now I will attempt a similar swatch in stocking stitch before I am ready to start a project.
Opinions 
2nd-Nov-2008 11:40 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! *clapclapclap*

Next off, we'll get you started on DPNs and doing some sock-knitting. ^_^

(Not really. But. Once you figure out in-the-round knitting, switching to DPNs from a cable is quite easy. And I like DPNs way better. Makes it seem more like regular knitting.)

If only you were close enough for me to gift the new knitter with some yarn!
3rd-Nov-2008 09:13 am (UTC)
My Big Box of needles inherited from my grandmother includes not just a collection of DPNs but also a 16" circular needle. I think one of my first projects will be with DPNs, unless I decide following a coloured chart is easier for a first project.

I do need a knitting icon, though.
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