So I recently went to a free knitting demo at Ben Franklin Crafts in Redmond. Got a lesson on the basics and some free gear to get started with. Score!
Now, I’ve been crocheting for a few years, naturally I think I’m the Yarn King. Fast forward to a week later and I’m casting on my scarf project for the 17 time and still messing up on row 1. Why do I keep looping stitches? I mean, looping them more than I should be looping them. There is a requisite amount of looping that should be happening here, and I’m not pegging it.
Additionally I find the knitting consists of knitting (obvious) but also other stitches (say what?). Is this naming convention confusing to anyone else? Maybe it’s just me… So I learned to knit a row and purl a row. That was already pushing the limit of my robot brain, which craves repetition. I feel pretty good about this so I look at my scarf pattern to get started, and what do I find? Knit 2 purl 2. Oh man, this is going to be rough…
After a few tries, I work through the first row, happy with my amateur stitches. What’s up for row 2? Purl 2 knit 2?! I just got the other one down, now you want me to reverse it? Also, I’ve never in my life had such trouble counting to 2 before now.
Needless to say I’m coming to terms with the fact that I am not, in fact, the Yarn King, nor do I serve as even the lowliest servant in his court. I have a lot to learn before I’m sporting my new scarf this year. If you’re new to knitting, or remember the first time you learned to knit, let me know I’m not alone. Thanks all!