I have not found knitting easy to get into. My mother is a beautiful knitter and creates gorgeous clothing that has fitted out all of my children every winter. I sadly, do not have her talent. I always felt awkward holding the needles, my tension was never great and I always managed to either lose stiches or gain them. I think I still have a scarf I made 15 years ago which tapers into a pyramid shape. So I forgot about knitting and tried crochet instead. This I found oh so much easier. You only use one hook, the different stitches are easy to make and best of all if you make a mistake, it’s easy to unravel to fix it. I was totally obsessed.
I started out making a small bunny, a colourful giraffe, a fox, a girl with red boots and backpack and even made my first piece of clothing. Most of the patterns I found from either books/magazines or from the website ravelry.com.
Ravelry.com is a free website that you register with, and can then access a huge range of different knitting and crochet patterns. You can use a filter for knitting and/or crochet, yarn weight etc and there are so many categories from hats/beanies, to soft toys, clothing etc. I love this website.
After crocheting for a while, I started finding a few knitting patterns that I wanted to try. So never one to give up, I thought I’d try knitting again. To start with I made a dishcloth and ended up with the same number of stitches I started with. Win! I then used my mother’s ancient “Mon Tricot Knitting Dictionary” to find new stitches to try. I picked stitches that were fairly straight forward to make into a small square of roughly 9cm. I used different colours and styles to keep things interesting. Once I made about 20 squares (of somewhat the same size) I stitched them together to make a blanket for my son’s teddy, appropriately named Teddy. Another win!
Mr5 then said Teddy was cold and needed something to keep warm. I found a free pattern on ravelry.com for a toy’s cardigan. This of course, had to be made in red because that is Teddy’s favourite colour. The pattern was pretty easy to follow, and only required two calls to mum when I got stuck. One was with the arm holes, which actually turned out pretty easy. The other was when I thought I dropped a stitch on the 3rd to last row which required unpicking. Minor panic! But in the end it turned out like a small cardigan. Third win! Only tarnished by a tiny fail when the sizing turned out to be a little snug. Mother to the rescue again; make another cardigan using the same pattern, same weight yarn, just use larger needles. So I ditched the 4.5mm needles for 5.5mm needles and it turned out perfect, complete with flower button that Teddy liked the best!
The lesson I took from this was, something may not work for you right now, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work for you forever. Keep going back to it and giving it a try. Never give up, because one day you’ll nail it!
For another great crocheting project to try check out our post on cleaning cloths and learn to make your own dish cloths and in the process stop buying disposable cloths.
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