Student Writing

My Knitting Journey

Written by Chelsea Boe

I have been knitting for a few months. It may seem impressive, but it isn’t much, especially since at the beginning, I had a lot of trouble getting into it. So, I’ve only been knitting about 3-4 weeks. 

Recently, I began knitting a Spiral Knit Coaster. It’s supposed to be quick and easy, and after finishing this project, I can say it has been… if you’re dedicated enough, that is. 

The Spiral Knit Coaster turned out great, even though I didn’t listen very well to the instructions and used flat needles. But I still really like it. It’s my first project! 

Then, I tried knitting a ‘Fisherman’s Rib’ headband. It was labeled under easy, so that’s what I expected, but I didn’t know the horrors of what would come when I tried knitting it. It seemed to me to be SUPER TOUGH, and I just tore the stitches off the needle after the first row thinking, ‘I would not do this for all the money in the world… Actually, I probably would…’ But it was still so hard! The pattern was great. It was more my skill level that wasn’t so good. 

Now, I’m trying an easier headband (that I came up with the pattern for) which is just Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row until desired length… then maybe a twist. I can’t resist! 

To take a break from the headband, I started yet another knit project and finished it in an hour. I call it: The Stitch Marker Knit! I know, not very creative, but it’s the best I can do. 

These are both sides of the Stitch Marker Knit. They each hold different markers. I have a third kind, but they’re for circular needles instead of flat and cannot clip on to the knit. I’m not too sure if the lightbulb-looking ones are actually stitch markers or not. I just assume so. You can also call this a Garter Stitch because it’s knit all the way through without purling or anything with flat needles. 

I can’t wait until I become a knitting expert. All I can do is practice. Thanks so much for reading, and I’ll see you next time!

*Credit to Sheep & Stitch for the pattern: https://sheepandstitch.com/library/9-quick-and-easy-knit-gift-ideas-and-patterns-for-your-last-minute-gifts/

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