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!