#LearningProject: My Knitting Finale!

I have reached the end of the semester!! It went by so quickly and there was so much more I wanted to do with knitting. Did I learn as much as I wanted to? Umm not even close! Definitely underestimated knitting! But overall I think that this learning project was a success! I started off with not knowing a thing about knitting. I didn’t even know there was a thing called “the knit stitch” and that’s the most basic stitch :P. Now I can easily win a knit stitch battle if that was ever a thing hahaha. I also learned other stitches that contained the knit and purl stitch! Not only did I learn these things but I also developed a liking for knitting!

At the start of the semester I thought knitting would be a good idea because my one Aunt had all the supplies and it was also something that crossed my mind. I told my Aunt that by November 29th I was going to have an entire sweater knitted. She thought I was crazy and I thought she was crazy for thinking I was crazy!! But it turns out I was the crazy one (did you get that? :P).  Although I didn’t actually start to follow a pattern of a blanket, scarf, or even a sweater, what I did accomplish is something I’m still proud of!

Stitches Learned

Skills Learned

Resources

I could not have done this without YouTube! I used a few websites but it was easier for me to follow on with videos! A big thank you to the channels purllinknitting, GillysCraftWorld, and Studio Knit for making it super easy and fun for people like me to get into knitting. Although I preferred using YouTube the following websites were super helpful:

There are more videos and websites that I used but these were the resources that helped me out the most!!

Extra Knowledge

  1. Organization: it is good to understand the importance of organization when it comes to knitting. From my experience of knitting only blocks of stitches, I’ve learned that you need some sort of set-up to keep things moving on the right track. I was always getting confused as to where I was when knitting. There are always ways to keep yourself organized and focused.
  2. YouTube is my best friend: as I said above, I found it very easy to learn how to knit through YouTube. I didn’t get as far into this project as I hoped but I can’t even imagine where I’d be if I didn’t have YouTube for this project.
  3. Don’t be afraid to try new things and don’t give up: there were times in this project that I just wanted to stop and give up. Things got difficult and I got frustrated. It’s good to know that it’s okay to have breaks! People can’t succeed at things in one go. Practice makes perfect! I never thought I’d be able to knit and look at me now!
  4. I want to do more: even though this project has came to an end, my knitting won’t! I still want to knit a scarf, a blanket, and maybe… just maybe a sweater at some point! The list goes on and all I know is I just scratched the surface of knitting!

Well my learning project has officially come to an end. It has been a great semester, I had so much fun in EDTC 300 and I’ve learned a lot!

Thanks for following along!! 🙂

-Kylie

 

 

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Merging It Up A Bit!

This week I’ve decided to merge two different colours of yarn into one knitting sample. Before I got into it I was quite intimidated. I already underestimated knitting in general let alone using two types of yarn.

I watched a tutorial created by Studio Knit. This tutorial was very help and made everything seem so easy and it calmed my nerves big time. Getting into it was weird using the other colour of yarn. It felt so much more different than the light blue yarn I’ve been using for this class. It took some time getting used to. When I first added the second colour of yarn I was flustered. As you see in the tutorial you have to hold on to three tails of yarn so it was a lot to handle but I eventually got it! Not to knit my own yarn (toot my own horn haha see what I did there?!)  but I did good for my first go! 😛

Right Side
Wrong Side

I also learned that there is a wrong side to knitting and a right side to knitting. The wrong side shows where I combined the two colours.

The SEED Knit Stitch..!!!

This week I had no idea what I was going to do for my #LearningProject. I knew that I wanted to continue to learn different stitches instead of jumping into a project. It’s intimidating to be honest! I found a website that listed a lot of basic knitting stitches and that’s where I found the seed stitch! This stitch is called the seed stitch because the purl stitches resembles the look of seeds. Last week I did the ribbing stitch which was when I would knit, then purl, then knit, then purl. The seed stitch is almost the same except on the odd rows you start with the knit stitch and then go into the pattern of knit then purl. The even rows you start with a purl stitch and go into the pattern of purl then knit.

I found a website that contained all the basic information I need to know about the seed stitch. It has knitting techniques and abbreviations to follow. It also has a tutorial for the seed stitch. This was all super helpful. It’s nice to know how to do something but it’s also nice to have an understanding of whatever you’re doing just to give you some extra knowledge.

Knitting the seed stitch was very easy for me. I’m getting very comfortable with the knit and purl stitch. I find it interesting the different looks knitting can create. I am proud of what I’ve accomplished and ready to get into the more complex side of things. Next week I want to try to knit two different colours of yarn together into one little sample.

 

Ribbing!! A stitch that contains BOTH Purl and Knit stitches!!!

Ribbing… a stitch within stitches. To accomplish ribbing you do a knit stitch, then a purl stitch, back to a knit stitch, back to a purl stitch, etc. It took me a few thousand attempts to finish my little sample of it. I always got confused on what stitch I just did. I started saying “Knit then purl then knit then purl” in my head to help me remember what I was going to do next. But of course I couldn’t get started without watching this tutorial…

I thought that ribbing would help me see the differences between the purl and the knit stitch.. but I still couldn’t see the difference. So I decided to knit a few rows of the knit stitch and then knit a few rows of the purl stitch. Then I noticed the differences!! In the picture below I drew a red line next to the purl stitches and a green line next to the knit stitches (CHRISTMAS COLORS!). I did find the overall look of the ribbing very cool. I love the way it looks and now I truly believe that practice makes perfect (even though it isn’t perfect.. YET).

My Ribbing sample

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Knit Stitch VS The Purl Stitch

First of all I want to share one of my first knitting samples and one of my last knitting samples. I find my progress to be awesome! Especially since I learned that knitting is much more complex then I thought it was. I notice that I still have some open gaps within my work but the rows are much cleaner and the shape of the sample is a lot sharper… feeling accomplished.

PROGRESS

This week I want to grasp an understanding on the differences between a knit

Purl Stitch is the taller sample

and purl stitch.  Visually what are the differences? To me the purl and knit stitch look the same so I think they’d do the same job because of that. And perhaps it’s because I’m new to the knitting world but these two samples look the same… interesting.

I have linked all the videos and websites below! So from what I understood from everything I have viewed, the knit stitch has two different sides. One side

Two sides of a knit stitch

will look like V’s and the other side will have the bumps.. Now I’m looking at my knit stitch samples and both of the sides are the same?? Now I’m confused. Perhaps I’ve been doing the knit stitch wrong? For some reason I thought I wasn’t going to have enough things to talk about for my learning project but throughout the process I’ve ran into so many things that I want to dig deeper in. Now I see myself continuing on my research after this class is over.. neat how that happen. ( I got off topic)..ANYWAYS, can any knitting experts tell me what is going on with my knitting? And why they don’t have two different sides and why they’re pretty much identical to my purl stitching?

Overall I didn’t learn much for my own samples but now I know what the differences should be and it’s important to be able to read your knitting. That way it’s easier to spot any mistakes. Next week I’m going to learn Ribbing. Ribbing involves the knit AND purl stitch so hopefully that will also help me spot the differences.

 

 

Videos

How to tell the difference between a knit stitch and a purl stitch

How to Tell the Difference Between Knit and Purl Stitches (knitting)

 

References

https://www.thespruce.com/reading-your-knitting-2116500

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-difference-between-the-knit-stitch-and-the-purl-stitch

 

Progress Video & Learning The Purl Stitch

I’ve learned a few things while watching my own video.

  1. My video making skills are weak… I apologize in advance. I know it’s boring but my voice was shaky and I’m not sure how to add music to a video.
  2. I need to practice my hand positioning. I notice they’re kinda all over the place and it’s making it hard to see what I’m actually doing.

The Purl Stitch

WOWZERS!!! The purl stitch was a struggle and a half. The past few weeks I’ve been doing the knit stitch and the purl stitch (from my understanding, don’t quote me) is the opposite of accomplishing the knit stitch. If you take a look at my older blogs and watch the tutorial on the knit stitch and compare it to this tutorial on the knit stitch you’ll get what I mean.

I mentioned in a previous blog that I find it hard to learn how to knit through websites that don’t contain a video. But I’ve been using the same resource every week so I’ve decided to do some research to give you people something new to look at. This website on the purl stitch contains BOTH a video and step by step info all in one. How convenient!

This is a sample of my purl stitch. Believe it or not this little bit took me a LONG

My Purl Stitch sample

TIME. Everything was so backwards and when I started going quicker I’d catch myself doing the knit stitch. I’m going to practicing the purl stitch for next week. Also I don’t really see the difference between the knit stitch and the purl stitch so I’m going to do a comparison on them for my next learning project blog. It’ll be helpful to have a better understanding of the two because in my rookie knitting mind they seem like they’d do the same job.

 

Binding (Casting) Off! Mission Accomplished!!

I officially finished a sample of The Knit Stitch!! Throughout the week I just kept practicing it over and over again. Knitting really isn’t that easy! I am very proud of myself and next week I am excited to show you all a “Progress Report” Video. As for this week, I’m blogging about my experience with casting off (I’m sure the title gave that away). Again, I watched a tutorial on casting off on YouTube. I had to watch it a few times to finally get the hang of it. I did not want to rush into this because I really didn’t want to make any mistakes in this part of the project. But I got it! And looking at my project I definitely notice some mistakes (which is okay, I know how to fix them for next time). I need to get a crochet needle because after you cast off you have a tail of yarn connected to your project and you are able to weave it in with a crochet needle just to make everything more complete.

This is the video I watched for weaving in the tails of yarn that you are left with. This weeks post isn’t much but I’m very excited to share with you all my progress report next week. I just wasn’t that confident this week to create a video on EVERYTHING I’ve learned.

My cast off
A few rough patches
Hmm I have some gaps going on
I accomplished to knit some loose yarn in.. impressed yet? (Haha)

 

Nobody’s Perfect: Knitting Mistakes & How To Fix Them

In my progress of learning the knit stitch I made so many mistakes and restarted multiple times. It was getting irritating and taking the fun out of learning something new. So this week I’ve decided to take a pause on knitting and learn how a person could recover from some mistakes that I’ve made. This way when I continue knitting for next week I’ll know how to fix mistakes instead of starting all over!

One mistake I had was losing a stitch in the middle of my work. After doing research I learned this is called a dropped stitch. I watched a video on how to fix a dropped stitch. It was very well explained and easy to understand.

As I was knitting I noticed that my work was getting wider and that’s how I knew I added some extra stitches. I had some holes throughout my work which is also a sign of an added stitch. Considering I haven’t been following a pattern it doesn’t really matter. But when I do start using a pattern in the future adding an extra stitch, accidentally, will mess up my project. I discovered a video that I found to be helpful but the lady in the video said that sometimes you just have to unravel your knitting and start again.

I didn’t know a person could unravel their knitting project up to their mistake. And here I was just starting the whole thing all over again. I watched a step by step video that explains how to unravel your knitting. Unraveling is the step people take when their mistakes are too bad to fix or if they haven’t caught their mistakes early enough. Every time I made a mistake I would notice it way too deep into my knitting work. Learning how to unravel my knitting at a certain point will be very handy!

 

Getting into the KNIT of things..

Last week I learned how to cast on a stitch and this week I continued on with the knit stitch. I knew knitting was going to be a challenge.. but this was hard! I don’t know if there is a way (I’ll do some research on it for next week) to fix mistakes that you’ve made but every time I messed up I had to start ALL OVER. It started to get annoying so I took a few days off. I started it up again and once I got the hang of it, I started enjoying it more and more. I now understand what people mean when they say “Knitting is so therapeutic”. When I got into it, it was just me, the yarn, and the needles. It was like the world (and my pile of homework) disappeared for a bit… I wish my homework could disappear forever hahaha. I watched a video to learn how to do the knit stitch. It’s the same YouTube channel I mentioned in my previous knitting blog post. I also tried learning how to do the knit stitch from a website but it did NOT work for me. I disliked using a website because it’s set up in stages. With the video it’s continuous and in one motion. This makes it easier for me to follow along. In the picture below you can tell I was a little rusty at the whole knitting thing but practice makes perfect! It still isn’t perfect yet but I’ll get there one day! If you ever have difficulties in something, don’t give up!! Things do get easier 🙂

My progress!! (I’m not following a pattern)

KNITTING 101: Basic Info, Different Needles, And My Attempt Of Casting On

With my lack of knowledge of knitting I was wondering how I was even going to get started on this. I had no idea where to buy knitting needles or any knitting supplies!! (I was just going to go to the Dollar Store… #StudentBudget) Thankfully my one Aunt knits. She supplied me with different sized needles and different types of needles. Before I attempted to knit, I thought it would be good to know some information on the equipment I’m about to use.

The Circular Needle: I have two set of circular needles, but I don’t know the sizes of them. The packages are gone and my  Aunt doesn’t remember the sizes of them (It has been a while for her). But I’ll share what sizes will be best used in certain projects. I’ll be getting my information from this website!

36″ Circular Needles- This is good for heavy and/or large objects that will be knitted flat. This is handy for when there are a lot of stitches for each row. The cord on the circular needle will be able to hold all the weight and make it easier to manage. You’d want to use this size of the circular needle when knitting something like a sweater.

29″ Circular Needles- This is good when working on a medium sized object that will be knitted flat. This has the same advantages as the 36″ circular needle. You’d want to use this size of the circular needle when knitting something like a shawl.

16″ Circular Needles- This is good for small objects being knitted in a tube. These needles are perfect when the project is just a bit too large to fit on other needles. You’d want to use this size of the circular needle when knitting something like a hat.

The Circular Needles

The Straight Needle: I have three sets of straight needles. Straight needles
can be used for basically anything that is being knit flat. But for heavier objects you should use the circular needles. That way you won’t hurt your wrists in any way. The website I’m getting this information from also includes the material the needle is made out of. I have plastic and aluminum needles. The plastic needles come in sizes 4mm and 6mm. The aluminum needles are in 5mm.

Plastic Needles: (Orange-4mm) (Green-6mm)

Plastic- This is basically for beginners (lucky me)! They are inexpensive so if knitting isn’t for you, or even if you somehow break the needle (anything is possible), you haven’t spent too much money on these needles.

Aluminum 5mm Needles

Aluminum- These are the most used needles out there. If you ever saw your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. they were probably using the aluminum straight needle.

Different Needle Sizes: Being a beginner I didn’t think that there was even different needle sizes until I got a good look at the needles I’ll be using. I wanted to get some information based on why the size would matter, or if it even does. The answer: it does!! Knitting needle size will affect the gauge. What is a gauge? “It is a sample of your knitting to find out how many stitches you get in one inch.” (I am so thankful for the internet). The bigger the needle, the bigger the gauge. The smaller the needle, the smaller the gauge.

I found this section in a book titled, “Learning to Knit and Crochet”

Trying To Cast On: There is a video up on my Twitter of me casting on. I learned how to do this by watching this YouTube video. I loved how the girl in this video took her time and gave a good visual of what she was doing. I subscribed to her channel and will be following more of her videos for my #LearningProject!! I am using the aluminum needles because I find them to be more sturdy than the plastic needles!

My end results! (I am not following a pattern for this)