My knitting career began with a "my mother made me" baby sweater - a horrible, ratty looking little thing - that I knit many years ago when expecting my first child. That sweater was not a success!
I didn't pick up needles again until my first grandchild was born in 2012. It was a bit of a challenge, but things began to click and I started making bunnies and puppies, tiny sweaters and hats, and Christmas ornaments.
|Maggie's Christmas Bells|
I have two rules. The projects have to be tiny (greater satisfaction when I complete something fairly quickly) and each project needs to teach me something new. I still consider myself a beginner!
This past week I decided to make some dishcloths. I wanted to experiment with patterns and texture. Making dishcloths also gave me a chance to figure out if I wanted to tackle a bigger project. The yellow dishcloth and the variegated dishcloth are actually baby blanket patterns.
After the first two, I was on a roll. I discovered Laws of Knitting. Not only are there some excellent video tutorials for a beginner knitter on this website, I found five more dishcloth patterns! The green dishcloth is "Noni's Favourite Pattern".
Anyway, if you're embarking on a knitting journey, perhaps some of the links above will help!
P.S. I made all three dishcloths using Size 4 (3.5 mm) needles and Bernat Handicrafter Cotton. When I crocheted (two rows of single crochet) around the green cloth, I used a 4.25 mm hook.
How did I make the baby blanket patterns dishcloth sized? For the yellow one, cast on only 32 stitches. Don't worry about the variegated dishcloth. You knit on the diagonal, so when your triangle looks big enough, follow the decreasing directions.