Monday, May 04, 2015

Just like a proper granny

'Can you knit, Granny?'
'Of course Granny can't knit!' Daughter exclaimed.
'Excuse me, I can,' I said.
'Can you do this then?' GrandDaughter thrust a Learn to Knit kit in my hand. 'I really really want that handbag,' she added, pointing to the bag illustrated on the front of the kit.
'Course I can.'

So, after reading the instructions - just to remind myself! - I cast on 30 stitches as instructed. Then it said to knit 100 rows. That sounded simple enough.

Now I'm not sure if I misunderstood the instructions but, after about 10 rows, I decided I was wrapping the wool the wrong way around the needle. I changed it - and it didn't seem to make any difference to the appearance - and it felt better.

I am doing rather well I have to say and I am rather pleased with myself, but now, however, I find myself with two problems.
1) I have no idea how many rows I've done.
2) I don't know how to join in another ball of wool.

Any suggestions?


MaryB said...

Well done, you! I can crochet, but when I tried to take up knitting before Liam was born, I found I was an utter failure. Could never get the stitches smooth and uniform, no matter how I tried. Yours, however, looks wonderful.

Katney said...

It looks good--better than I usually do.

You can actually count the rows. Each one of those rows of curvy bits going the same direction is a row. You might mark where you are with a safety pin and do a couple of rows to make sure you are counting correctly. You don't want to have 200 rows because you counted too few or only 50 because what you counted was two.

As for adding a new ball of yarn, just overlap for a bit--knitting into the beginning of the new strand as you knit off the old one--I mean kind of twist the two together and act as if they were one. Be careful in the next row that you treat them as one instead of two.

That's clear as mud I am sure, which George appears to be demonstrating on a picture on the next post.

Liz Hinds said...

I think it looks okay because it's in rainbow wool, Mary! You can't see the irregularities so easily.

According to my calculations then, Katney, that's about 42 rows. At least it's only a mini bag so a few extra isn't going to matter too much!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

If it's being knitted in one piece then you'll just have to carry on knitting till you think you've got enough to fold over , leaving a fold-overable flap . Won't you ?
( this is why I tend not to embark on anything but scarves . )