Hello everyone from a total beginner. I took up knitting a couple of weeks ago and I'm completely hooked. My sister was over from England and showed me the basics - knit, purl, stocking stitch - and my wife has been trying to remember what her Mother taught her to help me along. In fact I think she'll be off to get herself some needles shortly.
I've started knitting a cap (Red, Amazon Pirate style for any of you Ransome fans out there) and seem to be doing ok so far... I think. My first attempt at ribbing was meant to be knit 2, purl 2 but it took me a while to realise that you needed to switch to the opposite stitch at the end of each row, so you can imagine the result. Once I amended this I couldn't keep count and somehow ended up with more or less stitches than I was meant to have at the end of each row. Needless to say it didn't look much like ribbing. Mrs. D suggested switching to knit 1, purl 1 and, with my new found knowledge about what you do at the end of each row, I finally got something that looked like it should - awesome!!! How fun is this??
I've now changed to stocking stitch for the main part of the hat and have a problem - a hole. I guess I'm probably supposed to unpick everything and go back and fix it but it's taken me ages to get this far and, seeing as I'm the only person who's going to wear this, I was hoping I could probably do a little repair when it's all done. We'll see :-)
Anyway, my tension seems to be getting better - not so tight on the needles now, I've found something hugely fun and rewarding to do instead of just watching the box in the evening and it's even stopped me reaching for the beer quite so often - so perhaps knitting has health benefits too!!! Briefly going through this site makes me realise how much there is to learn and that's a lot of fun in itself. Some quite spectacular projects here - amazing guys, amazing.
Many thanks for setting up this site. Inspirational. The next time I'm wondering what to do at the end of a row of ribbing I'll know where to ask!