Learn– verb: gain understanding or skill by study or experience.
If you are just starting your knitting journey then there are a few things you will need to do:
- In order to get the knack of two, or perhaps even four needles and the yarn running through your fingers, you have to practice. Your hands don’t care that your brain thinks this should be easy, there is no magic bean for stabilizing tension. The only way is to just keep knitting until you relax into an even gauge. That is not to say you can’t make a few scarves and such along the way.
- Now that you have the knitting and purling part down, you need to learn to read patterns and yarn labels. Patterns because if you like it, you want to be able to knit it and yarn labels so you know if the yarn you are holding will work for your pattern. The tricky part is they are often written in a different language, both figuratively and literally. The symbols on the label don’t always match the words in your pattern, or maybe they do! It’s not really as hard as it sounds. We can help translate.
- We often overhear “I could never do that, I can only knit and purl“, well, actually that’s all there is, knit and purl plus how you put them together, or move them around. The best way to understand a new design is to cast on a swatch, work up a sample, try different needles, play with your gauge. See what happens, have some fun.
Knitting like any craft can only be mastered with practice. Experiments, failures, successes, we learn from them all. Experience can only be gained by practice, so pick up your needles, find a ball of yarn, sit in the most comfortable chair in the house and knit.
Smile, relax and knit.
Andrea, Shelley and Martha