Last Friday I attended an Introduction to Knitting workshop at my local craft shop, Arty Crafty. I learned to knit as a child but have never achieved more than an assortment of misshapen holey scarves. Purl has been my nemesis as it proves just how cack-handed I can be!
By the end of the session, I had a very small piece of knitting which I was really proud of. I still had a complete mental block when it came to beginning a purl row but I had learned a lot.
I wanted to keep everything I had learned fresh in my mind, so I started practising when I got home. My first attempt started off well but then I made a hole that I couldn’t fix so I discarded this and started again!
Second attempt and I managed a few increases and decreases.
I decided I needed to make a Thing, so flicked through my stack of Mollie Makes and found a pattern for a Knitted Facecloth. I wasn’t necessarily sure that I needed a knitted facecloth but it seemed a good combination of stitches, and was square, so I would be able to see if it looked right pretty easily.
It went well (although I’m still not sure of its usefulness!).
Arty Crafty then sent me a pattern for a Knitted Rose. They also included all the abbreviations that I would need to decipher the pattern, which was invaluable. The end result looked a bit like a worm, until it was rolled up and transformed into a really nice rose.
They then sent me the pattern for the leaf so I could finally make the Easter present I promised my Mum a month ago! Here is the final result.
It’s been a steep learning curve but, in under a week, I now feel confident to try following patterns.
I’m still completely cack-handed when it comes to starting a purl row!
Thanks for reading.