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WIDN Wednesday and Little Bit About Me!

Hey Knit-Knackers (is it ok if I call you that?)!

Today I’m starting a new thing on the blog.

It’s #WIDN Wednesday!

WIDN stands for “What I’m Doing Now,” and it’s a common hashtag used by knitters on Instagram to show the current projects they’re working on. I also want to officially introduce myself and share a little bit about me, as well as welcome you to knitknacks.net!

So first things first, WELCOME! So glad you’re here.

And here’s #WIDN

widn Wednesday Copy Cat Hat pattern by Clementine Knits and Crochet

I just got started on Copy.Cat C.C (Colorado Chick)  Beanie by Clementine Knits & Crochet. 

I love her pattern title because this pattern was inspired by a trip to Colorado where she saw everyone wearing this hat. #Sotrue, girl, and #same. Last fall I saw this hat in ALL THE STORES. Every time I saw it, I thought that would be so easy to knit myself. I had planned to just improvise, and then I found this free pattern through Ravelry with all the work already done for me, so.. obvs I’m sharing it here to make you aware of it, too!

As for the current status of my hat..I’m about to frog this and start over! Haha, but also *sad face*. Did I mention that I jumped the gun, didn’t really read through the pattern, and I’ve now knit 2.5 inches of twisted 1×1 rib before just now realizing I was supposed to use provisional cast on so I could do some “fold the brim over” thing I’ve never done before? Whoops! I’ve never done a provisional cast on before, either.

At first I thought.. I’ll just stop the ribbing and continue to the hat body now..

Then I thought.. No, I have to be true to the pattern because it’s only fair.. kinda like you don’t improvise a recipe the first time you make it because then you don’t know for sure if it was good or not..

Then I thought.. Maybe I can just make my traditional cast on stitches work somehow for the foldover & join them with live stitches when I get there? 

Then I thought.. HA! Yeah right, Lexie!

So here I am. Ready to rip it out and try, try again. I can’t wait to see how it turns out! But first I have to learn provisional cast on. I’m going to try it with a crochet hook via this tutorial by Knitpicks.

And if you want to know a little bit about me, read on!

  1. My name is Lexie. Just Lexie, short for nothing.
  2. A combination of my grandmother and old magazines taught me to crochet about 8 years ago, and then a co-worker from Starbucks taught me to knit.
  3. I remember how awkward the straight knitting needles felt in my hands the first time I held them. Being an avid crocheter, I couldn’t even fathom how this was going to work without a hook on the end.  Then my coworker held up a pair of fabulous fingerless gloves (with half fingers & a detachable pull-over finger mitt) she had knit & I dramatically waived my hands around in the air while exclaiming that I did NOT understand how she’d managed to make something with dimension! My mind couldn’t fathom anything beyond a flat swatch of stockinette, and a hole-y mistake-ridden one, at that!
  4. I love to write!
  5. I’m an introvert, y’all.
  6. I never actually say y’all out loud. I heard my adopted cousin (from India, then Kansas) say y’all when she came to visit my family in Georgia once, and the awkward way it came out turned me off of the word forever! Being raised by a northerner and midwesterner myself, I don’t have a southern accent anyway.
  7. It’s too hot in Georgia for knitwear. I truly could not have picked a worse hobby for the climate in which I live.
  8. I’m currently reading Outlander, as demonstrated in above photo. But contrary to what the photo implies, I definitely don’t read it while knitting. And I definitely don’t watch the show while knitting since certain characters (ahem, Jamie) require my full attention at all times during viewing.

And that’s a wrap! Happy Wednesday, everyone, and  feel free to check out more posts on my blog, like Five Knit Pumpkin Patterns for Fall or Learn to Knit in Less Than an Hour.

Also, share a bit about yourself in the comments! I’d love to know more about you. Thanks again for reading, and I’ll check in with you on the status of my hat soon!

Learn to Knit in Less than an Hour

learn to knit in one hourYou can learn to knit in less than an hour!

In this post, I’m going to cover all the basics of knitting to get you started with learning your new skill.

I’ve created the videos below so you can learn to knit in no time at all! Combined, the videos are only about 10 minutes total, so technically you can get a foundation within that time frame. But, I encourage you to go slowly and practice along with the videos. Move at your own pace, and remember: practice makes perfect! To really make it stick, you’ll want to spend a little longer than an hour practicing what you’ve learned.

In this series, You’ll be learning:

  • Long Tail Cast On Method
  • Knit stitch
  • Garter Stitch
  • Purl Stitch
  • Stockinette
  • Bind Off your Knitting

What you’ll need:

  • Yarn *any type, but choose a yarn weight suitable for your needles**
  • Straight knitting needles *any size
  • Scissors *to cut the yarn after bind-off

**In the videos, I’m using size 13 needles and a bulky yarn such as Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & QuickMost craft store yarns suggest a needle size on the back of the paper wrapped around the skein, as well as give a rating for the thickness of the yarn.

 

Learn to knit now by following the videos below:

  1. How to Cast On using Long Tail Cast On Method

    Learn to knit the Long Tail Cast On Method, which is how you’ll get the stitches on your needles in the first place. There are other methods for casting on, but you don’t need to worry about that yet!

  2. How to Knit Stitch

    After casting on, learn to knit the foundational Knit Stitch, which is key in creating stitch patterns like garter or stockinette.

  3. Garter Stitch

    You can learn to knit this stitch pattern using only knit stitches. Cast on and then *knit all the stitches to the end of the row. Turn your work around, and knit all those stitches to the end of the row*, too. You’ll continue to knit the front and back sides as described between the ** until you’re comfortable with garter stitch. You can even turn this into a scarf! Find a free pattern at the end of this post under Step #6.

  4. How to Purl Stitch

    Learn to knit another foundational stitch: purl stitch. After this video, you’ll be ready to create a swatch of stockinette, which will require both knit and purl stitches.

  5. Stockinette

    Learn to knit Stockinette. Ready for your stitches to look like the little “v’s” commonly seen on knitwear? This is probably the stitch pattern you imagined when you decided you wanted to learn to knit. Stockinette has two sides: a front side of knit stitches (little v’s) and a wrong side of purl stitches. But be aware: Stockinette will curl in at the ends and edges.

  6. How to Bind off your Knitting

    Learn how to cast off your knitted projects. After watching this video, you will have a foundational knowledge that can even be used to knit your first project!

Now that you have the basics, practice practice practice! Refer back to this post (bookmark this page to make it easy to find again) or playlist on YouTube as often as you like until you are comfortable with each step. You can also turn these basic stitches into your first project. For example, this project on Ravelry. If you don’t have a Ravelry account, it’s free and easy to sign up. If you need more convincing than that, read my post about Why Every Knitter Needs a Ravelry Account here.

Don’t hesitate to comment or email me if you have any questions about the methods used in these videos. Happy knitting!

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