Let’s talk about knitting.

Do you mind if we have a brief chat about knitting tonight? No? Oh good, I was hoping you’d say that. Knitting has always been something I’ve wanted to do. I really want to be good at it, and make beautiful things. I see things on Pinterest and blogs and I just wish so much that I could make them to. I think if I spent as much time learning to knit as I did learning to crochet I could probably crack it. If I put down my hooks for a while and stopped making blankets for everyone else then maybe my knitting would improve!

Last year I bought some delightfully squooshy Drops Big Merino, which is a 100% wool aran weight yarn. I declared at the time that I intended to knit a blanket from it! Big words indeed. And, over a year later I have finally made a start! Knitting the actual squares is fine, in fact more than fine it’s really relaxing and enjoyable but the calculations for actually making them took me a bit more effort! To start with I wasn’t sure whether my cast on method (long tail cast on) was suitable and I was worried that it was a kind of beginner’s cast on, and that other ones were better. My knitting friends reassured me that long tail cast on was absolutely fine for squares and whatnot so away I went. The next thing I had to work out was how many stitches to cast on and how many rows to knit to end up with an even square shape. Hmm. I started with 30 stitches and knit 60 rows and that made a really nice big square, but then that didn’t give me enough yarn to make two squares from one 50g ball. Argh! I frogged back both of my squares and started again with 25 stitches. Phew, 25 stitches and 50 rows seems to do the job.

The colours above are, left to right, 11, 10, and 07.

I don’t know if I’m working all of this out right, or telling you the right things about knitting as I’m only really beginning myself, but I find the best way to learn is to just try it for myself and see where I get, so that’s what I’m doing. Hopefully I’ll end up with a really nice blanket at the end of it!


25 thoughts on “Let’s talk about knitting.

  1. I’ve always been a little confused by knitting, being left handed I can’t quite seem to pick it up :-( Your squares look lovely, well done for not giving up!

  2. MrsNumbles says:

    LOVE the colours…..my flat knitting STILL doesn’t look that good (I learned a few years ago but stick to scarves and hats), so you’re definitely on the right track!

  3. I’m very excited about your knitting! I started out the same, I could crochet but saw loads of lovely knitted things so I just kept trying. In the end I love doing both :-)

  4. Amy says:

    I’m the same way…..have been crocheting forever….always wanted to learn to knit, but just not really wanted to spend the time learning. Now I can knit a mean square…..but I’d love to learn MORE! You’re my inspiration. ;-)

  5. I too have just learned to knit. I’m an avid Crocheter, 40 years at it. I’m learning to make knitted socks. It’s taken me weeks and I’m just at the heel part. So far so good I’m just really slow at it. And I between I’ve been crocheting like the wind!
    I love your colors and your squares very nice. Way to go, I’ll be reading on to encourage you.

  6. I’m much more of a knitter than a crocheter, although I love to crochet as well. I knit socks mostly; they’re small enough to carry around with me whilst I’m waiting in cars for school or for music classes to finish, and I’ve got something practical to wear at the end of it. I’m impressed with your squares, they’re lovely and neat for a beginner and of course you’re creating something that you like – a blanket! Keep going, the finished article will be lovely xx

  7. pippa says:

    I love your colour choice and cannot wait to see the finished blanket.I always visit your blogging for inspiration and love to hear about your life.Reminds me of when my own children were small.Your knitting looks great very neatxxxx

  8. I’ve wanted to learn to knit for a long time but learnt to crochet instead (which I totally love and am addicted to!) Well done for giving it a go – definitely the best way to learn.

  9. Well done on such beautiful squares! You’re quite right to “have a go” – that’s how most of us learned how to knit but I think the secret is not to run before you can walk. Lots of people start off trying to make a sweater and then get overwhelmed but you’ve done exactly the right thing by making a blanket. Each square is its own little project but at the end you’ll have a huge gorgeous blanket!!! BTW, I’m about to start a KAL (knit-a-long) blanket on my blog for beginner knitters where each square is a different stitch so please pop over and have a look. Keep knitting!!! x

  10. Angie says:

    I got into knitting similarly. I so admired knitted things but I thought it was something I could never do. I had many false starts and frustrations before I finally became a “knitter.” (Which, as it turns out has to do with the fact that I was purling incorrectly in such a way as to make my return knitting rows difficult.) I finally got the knack of the basics, knitted about a quarter of a simple scarf, got bored, and dove right into knitting socks. Since then I’ve gotten the hang of knitting lace and I’m about to finish up my second lace shawl! Crazy. A few years ago never would have thougt I could do it. Love your squishy squares and looking forward to seeing the resulting blanket. Have fun!

  11. I can knit but I find it so boring in comparison to crochet. I’m not sure if it’s because I have to concentrate more on knitting.

    I love those colours though. They’ll make a gorgeous blanket.

  12. I learnt to knit before I learnt to crochet. I love both though I’ve been doing a lot of crocheting recently and very little knitting. Here’s a tip to save you on sewing up your squares: when you have knit the required number of rows for a square, instead of casting off, join the next colour and continue knitting. Keep doing this until your stip of squares is the right length and then cast off. Make more strips the same way then you just have to sew the strips together at the end.

  13. carol partridge says:

    Hi Heather, have you tried knitting your square from corner to corner? This allows a 2 way stretch and drapes nicely. Also you don’t need to do a cast on row.This is what I do. Just cast on 2 sts, then kfb on the first stitch of each row. This will start to form a triangle. Then you just carry on until you have the measurement you want….and then just do a decrease instead of kfb at the begining of each row. You get a perfect square this way. With dk wool I usually knit till I have 48sts, then start coming back down again. But you can make any size like this and you will soon know how many squares you can get from 100grm ball. Hope this helps.

  14. I taught myself from watching hour after hour of youtube video’s. It takes time, especially when you’ve been crocheting forEVAH, and be patient with yourself. Before you know it, you’ll be knitting sweaters!

  15. carol partridge says:

    Hi, me again. I’ve just seen a lovely throw size blanket on Cosy Things blogspot. This one requires no sewing the squares together ! I’d do this myself but I have just started Lucy’s Coastal ripple blanket. Done 6 colour changes. Trying to do 2 a day.
    Must say I’m loving the Stylecraft wool that you and Lucy like to use.I’ve only been crocheting for 2 years.I’ve been knitting since I was about 10yrs old. ( I’m 65 now).

  16. Nanita says:

    Looking good! I learned to knit two years ago after years of crocheting, but I still consider myself a beginner. The thing I love about knitting is the softness and the squishiness, crochet seems a bit sturdier and heavier to me, probably because it eats more yarn? Garter stitch squares seem the perfect choice for a blanket, it will be so soft! I’m alternating right now between crocheting another ripple, and knitting a squishy shawl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/titanium-2). Have fun with this new project! :-) x

  17. Well done with mastering knitting. I used to knit loads but not so much nowadays and nothing very big. I really must get to grips with learning to crochet but it’s a mystery to me.

  18. Danielle says:

    Hi Heather (and your lovely readers).

    What a great start … I am just the opposite – I wish I could crochet better. I’ve made three blankets – one lap large granny, q/s granny stripe and s/b granny squares. The last one looked so lovely all bright and flowery for little girl but oh those granny squares were hard!

    Whereas knitting is my meditation.

    I only started in June 2011 and things were just flying off my needles. My first project was a lace scarf, then sweater and shortly socks. I would not have been able to do this without verypink website video tutorials http://verypink.com/category/techniques/
    AMAZING. Seriously you should look there :)

    I wish I knew of a similar crochet one. I have 4 crochet clothing projects on my ravelry page I would love to make ( once I get through long list of knit ones no doubt). http://www.ravelry.com/people/Lunargirl

    Happy knitting but don’t stop crocheting – I love seeing your work and your generosity in making for others!

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