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My First Knitted Item!

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Knit Lab: Projects, Patterns & Techniques taught by Stefanie Japel

These essential lessons for new knitters teach you fundamental skills and about basic supplies through step-by-step instruction from designer Stefanie Japel.

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Knitting
Type Accessory
Yarn Weight Aran (10 ply)
Sizing Women
Style Romantic
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What needles did you use? US 8 / 5.0 mm / UK 6

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What materials did you use? I used the cheapest, squeakiest 400 metre skein of grocery store yarn for this. I'm hoarding nice yarn at the moment as well, but this is my very first knitting project. I wanted the freedom to really screw up (and I did. Holla, off-centre key hole!) without having to think in the back of my mind about the wasted money or the sheep shorn in vain. It's cream, 100% acrylic, from Aldi.

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What are you most proud of? I've learned a new skill! I have a new hobby! I finished something I started! Honestly, there's no end to things I'm jazzed about with this.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? For me personally, the key to not getting frustrated and having a result I was proud of was to just focus on swatching first. This course plus Patty Lyons's Improve Your Knitting taught me to knit. I'd never so much as casted on before. Swatching wasn't even for gauge to start, rather I just spent ages knitting and purling and knitting and purling. My gauge evened out, and I really had that muscle memory by the time I started it, which made watching it come together a joy rather than a headache. I can see myself using this approach with future new stitches and skill sets.

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This was just so gratifying. I spent about a fortnight knitting and purling my little heart out before tackling this as my very first knitted item. The finish lets me down as I didn't have a darning needle (I'm getting on that!). Yup. This project was seamed using a paperclip. Not recommended... (duh) I added a row at the end of the lace sections. I think the fervour had hit me, and I just didn't want to finish! Plus, I'm getting a taste for modifying patterns to my own likes. For example, if I redid this using a natural yarn, I wouldn't block the lace sections of this project. I love that frilly, pre-block look! Thanks, Stephanie! A new knitter as been born.

03/10/2014 Flag

Oops! Having my real world name misspelled is a pet peeve, so let me try that again. Thanks, Stefanie!

03/10/2014 Flag

Such a fantastic first project!

03/21/2014 Flag

Awesome finishing!

07/14/2014 Flag

Cheers! I have it in my head to eventually revisit the pattern with some tweaks I've thought of. I've learned so much since this first little item! It would be interesting to see what I could do with it now.

07/18/2014 Flag