Saturday, February 26, 2011

Adventures in Knitting

I'm teaching myself to knit. Well - knit again, that is. My Grandma taught me when I was 18 or 19 and I knit some baby sweaters then, but I hadn't picked up the needles since. Good thing there's tons of video " how to's " out there.  I needed a lot of help to get this vest finished. I had to look up how to cast on and off, how to knit a button hole and how does one " K2 in all sts " ??? 
 You can't tell from this pic, because  I've got it bunched up in the back but it's a little loose fitting.
I ignored the part where you test your tension. So, now I know how important that step is.
( some of us like to learn the hard way )

The yoke looks very complicated but was actually very simple. I finished it off with some vintage buttons that I've been hoarding saving for a rainy day.

You can find the pattern here.
This is a fantabulous site for free patterns. I also love Ravelry and Knitty.
I'm working on a similar sweater called the Shalom Cardigan that I found at Ravelry.

Although the pattern doesn't include them, I'm trying to add sleeves to it. Yep, that's right I'm making it up. ( some of us like to learn the hard way )
... I'll keep you posted.
Mean-time, how 'bout you tell me what you've taught yourself to do and how did it work out?



  1. Wow! That's beautiful! I don't know how to knit, but would LOVE to learn! I only knew the crochet chain stitch until recently, I did the same thing and watched a tutorial for a single crochet, and now I am practicing that. Funny, I was just doing that until I got frustrated and started blogging. Glad I saw your post...maybe I'll give it a try again!

  2. Me again! Just wanted to say thank you for putting my badge on your side bar! :-)

  3. That is SOOOO gorgeous!!! You are doing a wonderful job. I cannot knit AT ALL, I tried and it is way to complicated for me!!! I love love love this little sweater, so pretty!!!

  4. Karen I Love this little sweater and you did a fantastic job~! Can I borrow it some time ;-)

  5. Wow this is beautiful! You did a great job!
    I have always wanted to learn to knit!

    Pamela :)

  6. This is wonderful! I learned to knit a square when I was seven and haven't touched it since. My kids both want to learn though so I may be checking out those videos!