Brought to you by the letter C

It was reckless, yes, but the yarn was so vibrant and the desire to knit a cool scarf so great that I began without knowing what the hell I was doing. The intro-to-knitting books I have include decoding keys in the front to help decipher all the lingo.

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First try with the purl stitch. You can’t find a bookmark like this at Barnes & Noble!

p = purl (which I kind of learned!)

k= knit stitch

I practiced a few rows of purl stitches after watching the tutorial on the Good Knit Kisses (snort!) You Tube series. It’s not as difficult as I expected. But the scarf recipe seemed to include knit stitches and purl stitches in the same row. What the what?

The result, for me anyway, was twenty minutes of reckless knitting, not stopping, caring or looking at the pattern. I sure as shit didn’t check any gauge because I still have no idea what that means.

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This is what happens when you try to follow a recipe before you understand how to read a recipe. Pretty color, though.

After a few rows I decided to bind off and see what I’d done. I began with 17 stitches on the needle. I had twisted yarn so many times, I had at least twice as many when I finished.

Guess what that does? Knits a circle!

Isn’t she beautiful? It’s too bad Christmas is over. This would have made an excellent holiday wreath.

 

4 comments

  1. eileen527 · February 5, 2016

    i love everything about your blog
    i used to pick up stitches too (scarves are all i can knit….and i learned back in high school) until my MIL (who knows how to make sweaters and hats and whateverthehellshewants) showed me a trick about keeping my yarn in the right direction, i.e. in front (easier if i could show you i know, sorry) which actually helped. my goal this year is to learn how to knit a sock. on second thought, i give myself a decade.

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    • Beth Johnson · February 5, 2016

      Do you think she’ll teach us to make whateverthehellshewants? I’ve heard of those!!

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  2. Twilight Storm Crafts · February 5, 2016

    You introduced Elmo to that same pitbull didn’tcha? lol At this rate Sesame Street will become a ghost town and come on T.V. sometime at night after The Walking Dead… Seriously though it looks really soft. I still think you should learn stockinette stitch. One side you knit, and the other you purl when you flip it over. You can do so much with the two stitches. Ribbing is made by putting a couple/few knit stitches then some purls after it. Stockinette would also let you knit pictures off graph paper just by using purls or knits as the design, and the other as a background.

    Also look up ‘freeform knitting’ it’s intentionally a mess. It’s not really my thing personally but it may be something that would be relaxing for you since it’s structured knitting chaos. There’s so much people do. I just found out people can knit backwards so they never turn their work… Damn magicians lol.

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    • Beth Uznis Johnson · February 6, 2016

      Stockinette stitch – check!
      Freeform knitting – check!
      When you’re supposed to turn your work (and why) – check!
      (In case you’re wondering, this is a list I’ll come back to once I figure out how to purl)

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