Monday, April 26, 2010

Adventures in Knitting

I am doing it! So far so good. I am now on my seventh square and am enjoying knitting! I'm certainly not as fast as when I crochet but this is only my second project. I do find the repetition of this pattern (garter stitch - so very easy) makes for better coordination with the needles. Maybe by the end of this project I will be able to incorporate some new stitches in.

My technique is somewhat different but the results aren't bad. I do have trouble casting on right now, but it seems to be straightened out after the first row is knit.
I even get the needles to click once in a while!


  1. looking good....I haven't knitted in years and years. I started out knitting, and got hooked (pardon the pun) on crochet. This looks good. I know for me, whenever I am doing something new, and still even w/crochet at the beginning working a new pattern..sometimes I am very tight with the colors a nice compliment to each other.

  2. Good job! Maybe one day I'll find the time to venture into knitting.

  3. Now that you are making squares, it's time to move on to that old classic "Grandma's Favorite".

    CO 4
    Row 1: K 4
    Row 2: K 2, YO, knit across the row.
    Repeat until you have 44 stitches on the needle (or the cloth measures the size you want)
    Begin decrease:
    Row 3: Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the row.
    Repeat until there are 4 stitches on the needle. BO.

    If you use cotton and want to make a dishcloth you can work sl st or sc around the cloth, ending with a ch loop to hang it. (Or just leave it plain without the finishing.) When you knit the YO's there will be open eyelets. If you do not want the open eyelets just knit the YO where it's twisted and it's very neat. (I prefer dishcloths with out holes, because I put them to hard work.)
    If you use this pattern with circular needles you can make a baby blanket and run ribbon through the eyelets along the border.
    Or make a multitude of Grandma squares and stitch them into a blanket. Really neat with many ombres.
    Just google grandma's favorite dishcloth.

  4. I wish I knew who to thank for this pattern. Off to google gramdma's favorite dishcloth.

  5. Congratulations on venturing into knitting! Your squares are looking good! Don't worry, speed will come. I am a self taught knitter and have been knitting four years now. I remember that purling used to be quite a challenge for me, I was so slow @ it and my tension was awful. But now it is like 2nd nature.
    A good way to practice new stitch techniques is on dish cloths. Check out for many free patterns.
    Speaking of knitting, on my blog I am giving away a shawlette that I knit. Shipping will be free for the winner, all you have to do is leave a comment and contact info ( email, ravelry name etc). I would love to hear from you! Have a great day!