I’m going to get a little personal here and share a story about my latest knitting project. I hope you’ll all be kind. It wasn’t my first time knitting, but it certainly felt like I was learning to knit all over again.
Last week I started working on the beautiful headband Ryll from booklet #323 Berroco Cirrus. It had been a few months since I’d knit anything and almost a year since I’d knit something that required more than a Stockinette stitch. Still, I thought it would be a piece of cake. This is what it looked like last Wednesday.
Norah & Amanda were kind enough to hide their laughter. I had made a few mistakes.
- I didn’t wind the hank into a ball. (It was getting messy!)
- I forgot to move the yarn in front of the needle for purl stitches. (I did fix this before I brought it to work, though.)
- I accidentally reversed my Stockinette stitch 3 times! (I’ll admit I was a bit sleepy when I started knitting and I kept forgetting which row I was on. I tried to guess by looking at my last few stitches, but I was wrong…very wrong.)
Sure, it was embarrassing to mess up these knitting basics. After all, I first learned to knit more than a decade ago. But I was easily frustrated by slippery stitches and the unnecessarily cumbersome needles that I’d borrowed from my mom. So for years I focused on crochet – only knitting when I saw a pattern that I couldn’t convert for my hook. I guess it was silly to think I could throw myself into any easy knitting project without a few refreshers. Luckily, my co-workers are not only excellent teachers, they’re also very patient!
I tried to tear out the bad stitches, but it wasn’t easy. The halo of fibers that make Berroco Cirrus so soft and beautiful also make the process of undoing mistakes a bit time-consuming. So I started over and finished my headband this past weekend. What do you think?
Whether you’re new to knitting or learning to knit again (like me), I hope my story is a reminder that it’s always a good idea to ask for help. The Berroco Design Team is a great resource for us all. You can check out our library of How-To Videos or if you don’t see the stitch you’re struggling with, you can always email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feel free to share stories of your beginner knitting mistakes in the comments. I’d love to know I’m not alone!