Friday, March 26, 2010

Knitting Know How

Even with the weather warming up in Northern California, and a long list of DYI indoor and outdoor projects one things that's been on my my mind a lot is learning how to knit. So I decided recently the best time for me to learn how to knit is in the spring and summer months before its gets cold again. Plus I'm thinking if I can 'master' { I know know, its sounds silly, since I hasn't picked up needles } the basic knit or stitch { can you tell I how no clue what knitting words are! } then I can start knitting cable knit throws, pillows and scarfs. I love the color grey, so I'd love to have some luxe cable knitted pillows and throws around our house during the chilly months. Plus its hip to knit, lol. Maybe its because I just finished reading Knitting Under the Influence that's give me the extra push. BTW the book was good! It just took me a while to really get into it. It's one of those books that leave you you wanting the writer to a sequel.

Ok back to knitting, I'm going to pick up some supplies over the weekend and see what happens. Hopefully I'll even be able to knit one of best friends a baby blanket for baby boy that's due in August.

Chunky Cable knitted pillow covers would be perfect in our living room during the cooler months


Knitted blankets around house would be perfect on lazy fall afternoons, the blanket below is combination cable knit and honeycomb.


I love the detail on the blankets below, I would love to be able to knit grey, blues, and yellow blankets for our house. A bright red cable knit blanket would be the perfect addition for our sons room


For  those for you that knit, was it easy to learn? Have you been knitting for years, or is this a new passion for you? Or are you like me, plan on taking up knitting, in hopes of making comfy throws, and pillows?

{ Edit from Original Post: Do you know of any good Knit How To books? Please Share }

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12 comments:

  1. So pretty! I want to learn to knit too!

    P.S. Be sure to enter my first GIVEAWAY! :)

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  2. It took me a few months to get real good at it. I still make plenty of mistakes and am not very fast at it but I love doing it when I make the time for it.

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  3. Danielle - Oh I'm glad o hear you enjoy it and it didn't take that lon for you to get good at it, I'm hoping it's the same for me!

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  4. don't know of any books, but if there's a joann's fabrics in your area they should have classes there.

    i love anything cable knit.

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  5. I knitted a small pouch in high school. I haven't tried it again since then. I remember enjoying it though.

    I want to learn how to sew(so I can make my own cushions, curtains, pillow covers, etc.) I checked jo-ann's for classes and I'm pretty sure they offer knitting too.

    I'm sure you'll be knitting throws in no time!

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  6. Classes sounds like a fun idea! I'll have to look in to that and stop in Barnes & Nobles and look at books

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  7. I love the chic but comfy look that knitted items bring to a room!! My grandmother tried to teach me how to knit when I was little... but I was really bad at paying attention...

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  8. I can't even sew a simple curtain, so I don't think I will be attempting to knit! I do love cable knit pillows...yum!

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  9. I used to knit when I was younger but haven't picked up the knitting needles in years. I will say that it really wasn't hard to learn at all. It's just a pattern that you repeat over and over and once you get that rhythm down, you're golden. It's fun and you can do it while you watch TV, chat or whatever. It's a great multi-tasking hobby!

    Knowing you, Ms. Chic, you'll be putting PB knit cable pillows to shame in no time with your own creations.

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  10. I tried to teach myself to knit with the help of Knitting for Dummies. And I failed miserably. But I really did not give it an honest chance before giving up and I am sure it will be fun to learn if you stick with it unlike me. Good luck!

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  11. It doesn't take long to get down the basics, you just need to practice a lot. Your tension will become more consistent and you'll have a prettier looking piece. The most helpful thing I've found when knitting is actually Youtube. There are tons of videos that you can replay again and again until you figure out what's going one. Believe me just about every time I start a project I think, "Wait, how do I cast on again?" and sure enough a basic video is there to show me. Good luck!!

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  12. Meg - your way to sweet! lol

    Jamie Lee - thanks for the you tube tip! I so need a hands on look at how to knit. I'm hoping I'm coordinated enough to be able to do it.

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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! Best, Katrina

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