I’m Still Learning…
Oh have I had some fun with learning to knit this last month. In January, I learnt to purl, which opened up the world of knitting to me.
I began with some pretty black yarn and multi coloured thread plyed together, which works up into a beautiful ombre effect. I made a scarf, using stocking stitch, which, for any of you that don’t know, means one row of knit, and another of purl, alternating. This gives one bumpy side and one flat side.
It also tends to make the yarn curl at the edges, which means that I will need to block my finished piece. Blocking basically entails wetting the finished piece, and then pinning it out to a board, in order to allow the yarn to naturally shrink and dry flat.
Since making the scarf, I decided that I wanted to try doing a rib stitch. This is where the fun started. This stitch consists of alternating a knit stitch, with a purl stitch…
The problem is that my brain seemed to be unable to comprehend this. I couldn’t work out how to hold the yarn. I couldn’t work out how I should begin each row. I even ended up creating stitches… like, brand new ones that my knitter friends tell me don’t exist.
Yeah. That was fun. It was like I was doing a backwards purl. So confusing.
Anyway, I think I’ve finally gotten my brain around the mechanics of rib stitch now, so that is my plan for my next scarf… a pink, pale pink and green striped, ribbed scarf.
I’m hoping that it’ll be nice and tactile, which will also help my anxiety.
Watch this space…
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Li Carter is a writer, artist and crafter. She lives in South Wales, UK, with her family, and five rescue dogs. She’s on Twitter @rbcreativeli , Facebook: Rainbow Butterfly Creative, and Instagram @rainbowbutterflycreative and is the author of My Only True Friend: The Beginning. She is currently working on a new series titled The QuickSilver Chronicles. She is the original Rainbow Butterfly, and wants to fill an ever darkening world with a little bit of beauty and creativity.