Do you prefer knitting in the round with DPNs or with a circular needle?
Personally, I’ve never tried DPNs. I don’t trust myself with small bits at all. xD (thinks of the countless times I lost and found and lost my darning needle) So I have to say circs, they’re so amazingly versatile. I have two sets of circs for each size I buy them in, so I can knit very big in-the-round projects, very small in-the-round projects and even just knit straight on them. c: It’s a shame they’re a little on the pricey side. >w<
Hey! Your blog is really interesting! I'm a beginning knitter and I know the "basic" stitch, if that's even what you call the stitch you first learn. I just wanted to know if you had any recommendations for stitches I should learn next since I'm a beginner.
Hi, I’m glad you like my knitting blog. ^^
If the “basic” stitch is the knit stitch, you’re about halfway there, actually. The world of knitting is made up of two entities: the “knit” and the “purl”. Any other stitch is just a variation of the two. :) (also, the purl is actually the opposite of a knit. If you purl all in a row, they look like knits on the other side)
By ‘variation’, I mean abbreviation stitches like “k2tog” (knit two together) and “skp” (slip one knitwise, knit the next one and pass the slipped stitch over) and etc. Usually in a pattern, they’ll tell you what these abbreviations mean, so I don’t find a need to memorise all of them. Anyway, even if it’s not explained in the pattern, or you’re not sure what it means exactly, just key in the stitch name into YouTube. Definitely, someone must’ve posted up a video of them making that stitch. :)
So yes, all you need is the “knit” and the “purl” and you’re set. :D
If you meant what sort of pattern stitches you should learn next, I’d say, stockinette (knit all in one row, purl all in one row, repeat), moss stitch (knit 1, purl 1 to the end, then purl when you see knits and knit when you see purls) and rib stitch (knit 1, purl 1, to the end, purl when you see purl and knit when you see knit). They’re the most common.
I hope I helped. ^^ Feel free to message me if you have any more questions.
so im trying to make a baby blanket for one of my teachers and im having a real hard time just knitting that large amount of stitches. im supposed to cast on 130 and i keep messing up and having to start over on the 1 row of actual knitting. the most ive done before was like 40 and that was a pain. if you have anytips that would be very helpful :) thank you
How exactly did you mess up? I assume holes were forming and 130 stitches magically became 140 stitches? (that happened to me tons when I started out knitting)
Well, even if that wasn’t the problem, I’d say you should take it slow and pay attention to how you knit, step-by-step. (eg. needle goes through here, makes an ‘X’, yarn wrap counter-clockwise etc etc.) That really helped reduce my mistakes. Don’t worry too much if you think you’re going too slow. Best to get your foundation super strong, so you can knit really fast later on. =) Eventually, it becomes muscle-memory and some can even do it without looking. (I have yet to reach this stage. lollol)
Also, if it’s going far too slow and you’re afraid the baby will outgrow the blanket faster than the blanket’s being knit, you could always consider using thicker yarn and bigger needles?
I hope that helped and good luck on the blanket. ^^ Feel free to drop me an ask if you have any more questions. =D