Last fall, I learned how to crochet, but the extent of my knitting abilities was the time in college I tried to learn how to knit from a youtube video… and got really bored with garter stitch. At the time, I thought that’s all there was to knitting, and wasn’t really interested in learning more. However, I was recently in Atlanta for work and my friend who taught me how to crochet determined that I need to learn how to knit next. (Logically, I agreed: this will open up a whole new world of tiny adorable things to be created, including tiny gnomes).
After learning the basics of knitting, it was time for me to head back home. Conveniently, a five-hour plane ride is ideal for knitting – no on/off switch, so you can knit straight through take off and landing. My friend suggested my first project be wrist warmers, which is perfect since I wear wrist warmers a lot in the mornings while it’s chilly inside and I’m working at the computer.
I made up the pattern based on what I had learned: about 8 rows of rib stitch, then a pattern of knit 3, purl 1 (shifting the start by one each row) to create the diagonal lines, followed by 8 more rows of rib knit.
I knit these flat (so when I was finished knitting, they were rectangles), then I crocheted the sides together and around the thumb hole.
These… could have been better. If I were to make them again, I’d make them an inch or two longer to warm more of my arm. I also bound off too tightly on the first one, so it’s a bit of a challenge to get on of them on over my hand. But, that’s why you practice, right? (stegosaurus here)