Last year at Tin Can Knits, we were a little obsessed with knitting sweaters, so The Year of the Sweater happened (and, not to brag, but we knit a total of 36 sweaters between us). This year we are no less ambitious, but our focus is to learn some new tricks!
We have always been big promoters of learning – we even spent the better part of a year creating The Simple Collection, with 8 excellent free patterns and in-depth tutorials to guide new knitters in learning all the basics, from knit and purl to turning heels and finishing a first sweater. This year we are exploring beyond simple, with some more advanced techniques, useful tips, and the goal to stretch a little bit outside our own comfort zone. We hope you will come along for the journey!
Perhaps you’d like to try colourwork, cables or lace? We’ve got a free pattern (with a tutorial) for that!
old dogs… new tricks
As a grown-up learning something new can feel hard. I often tell this story on the first day of beginner knitting: teaching kids is easy, they live in a world where they don’t know lots of things. Every day they learn something new and they aren’t particularly hung up on whether or not something comes to them immediately. As adults it is harder.
We have done so many things, worked hard to know the things that we do, and have a certain level of confidence in our daily activities. So when something new comes along we can be a little… well…. resistant (shocking, I know!).
“I’ve been doing it this way for years!”… “Why fix what isn’t broken?”
Or we may become easily frustrated when we can’t accomplish something on the first try.
“I’ve been knitting for 15 whole minutes and my stitches aren’t even and perfect?!”, … “I tried that other way once, it just didn’t work for me”.
If you haven’t seen our tutorials yet, do check them out! Our patterns aim for clarity and simplicity and our tutorials do the same. We will be bringing this clarity to bear on even more new techniques this year, so make a list of your knit-year’s resolutions, and learn along with us in 2016!
what will you learn?
Each knitters goals for the year will be different. New knitters may aspire to cable for the first time, while confident pros may be trying a complex center out lace piece. To each their own! One of my learning goals this year is to tackle 2-colour brioche, and experiment outside my comfort zone with new colour combinations! I’m still not 100% sure which pattern to choose, but I think it’s between the Syncopation Adoration hat and the Askews Me Shawl, both fabulous designs by Stephen West.
Think designers are the experts? Well we are… but we still have a lot to learn! That’s one of the reasons we love hearing back from knitters when they contact us after signing up for our email list. We learn a little more each day about knitters from all over the world. We love your stories of this skill that is passed on year after year between friends and family. We are touched by how this stitch-by-stitch creative work has brought you through pain, loss, loneliness and the toughest moments of your lives. The stories you share often tell how this simple pursuit has dramatically changed your life.
knit along with the #TCKnewtricksKAL
There is nothing like a little support when you are learning something new, right? The #TCKnewtricksKAL is running in our Ravelry group (all the details are here) starting now, and ending Feb 29 2016. We’re keeping it short and sweet, so nobody gets bored, and you get great prizes SOONER!
what new tricks will you master?
Will you be learning fair-isle, casting on your first cable project, or learning to read a chart? It doesn’t matter what your own ambition is, we (and the lovely community that gathers on Ravelry) are here to knit along with you as you learn new tricks! Looking for inspiration? We’ve gathered some ideas for patterns, yarn, and colour combinations to try on the #TCKnewtricksKAL pinterest board.
new knit tips and tutorials for 2016
In order to help you with your “something new” we will launch a new tutorial every month, adding to our list of helpful resources you can find here. We’ve already got a load of project-based tutorials to help you tackle the next stitch!