Learning How to Knit

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New summer, new trade!

This summer, I asked my all time favorite high school teacher, Miss Parque if she could teach me how to knit. Thankfully, she said yes so here I am.


Yarn and needles ready to go. 

At first I thought knitting would be pretty simple. Just two needles and any type of yarn that you’d like. I did not know that there would be different sizes in needles, yarn, ounces and pounds involved, and counting involved as well. I remember sitting down at Starbucks with needles in hand and yarn ready to go and Miss Parque handed me a book. “How to make a cowl: Level Easy.” She showed me the basic knitting pattern and showed me how to purl. Then she said, now knit 52 stitches. I was like, wait I have to count? I can’t just estimate how wide I want it? She laughed and said in her teacher voice, “Well, Janet…of course there’s counting involved! You have to do four of this and then four purling and then repeat. It’s a checkered pattern. You can’t just estimate otherwise it won’t turn out the pattern you want it to.” Hahaha, so I spent the next three hours counting and and knitting and purling. I messed up WAY too many times to even keep count. It was a lot harder than I thought. So we started all over again and she told me to just do one row knitting and the next row purling- basically submitting defeat to my inability to keep count.

Well, that was a lot easier. One day, I’ll get the checkered pattern right without having to start over 1094890 times. She was so patient with me and anytime I dropped a stitch, she would show me how to fix it without having to restart. (I don’t really remember how to, so when I messed up at home, I ended up starting all over again. Hahaha. Whoops.)

I can’t wait to finish up this scarf. I hope to finish it by the end of summer and be able to give it to my grandma! One day, I’ll be able to make knitted gifts for my friends and family.


 

Last year, I did a lot of watercoloring and this year, knitting. It’s been a journey setting myself up to being more creative and crafty. It’ll be useful when I’m a grandma…I’ll make sure to have the best gifting ideas for everyone.

Summer tip: pick something you want to learn and just do it. If you want to learn how to draw, just do it. If you want to learn how to carve, do it. I believe that you can do whatever you set your mind to. Don’t lose motivation when you mess up, remember it takes a lot of practice to be decent at something. Maybe sometimes we don’t even create decent looking pieces but you know what, if you’re enjoying it then you’re doing it right. 

Despite the 1000 times that I messed up and had to start over and how my hands were killing me because I wasn’t used to it, I kept going. I kept at it because the end product will be so satisfying to look at and hold.

Stay creative,

Thao Janet

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Izzi says:

    My mum tried to teach me to crochet when I was little but all I did was endless multicoloured chains then in my late 40s I found a book called “Stitch’n’Bitch” and taught myself. It’s a brilliantly easy book and there’s one for knitting too if you want to take it further without asking Miss Parque. I love all the different yarns, the textures, the colours, silks, cottons, everything. It’s one of the best things I ever did.

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  2. thaojanet says:

    I will have to check that book out! Of course, after finishing my so-called scarf. Hahaha. I’m really enjoying it and I hope to definitely learn more about knitting and how to get all creative and stylish with it too. Thank you so much for your recommendation!

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