A couple questions Emily and I often get asked are: how long have you been knitting and how did you learn to knit. For me, I’ve been knitting for 15 years and I taught myself from a book. Not a ‘learn to knit book’ (that would be too easy), it was a stitchionary from the 70’s, a book full of different stitch patterns and a few pithy instructions on the knit and purl stitches.
So what did I knit? I started with a super ugly swatch. Not necessarily ugly because of my knitting (although that obviously needed improvement), it was ugly because it was in a hideous shade of purple in a squeaky acrylic yarn; but I was so proud! That didn’t stop me though, I knit a garter stitch scarf that evened out my tension and then I turned my eye to my very first design project: a blanket.
Because I was working with a stitchionary it seemed like the best thing to do was to work my way through the different types of stitches, some cables, some lace, and some texture. I started creating 6 foot strips of different stitches (still in horrible yarn, I didn’t learn about natural fibers until a few years later). I learned how the different stitches worked as I went, with a lot of missteps along the way. I made not one but three of these blankets!
The finished project is still around, my mum just brought one by for me to fix a few weeks ago. It has some easily fixed holes (they are only at the seams) and then it will be sent back to continue its life as a couch blanket.
What was your first knit project?
More blankies from Tin Can Knits :::