Knitting Tutorial :: Beyond The Basics1:06 AM
You might remember my knitting tutorial I posted on how to get started with this wonderful craft. Once you get started, here's some helpful tips to help you get Beyond The Basics.
1. The best thing I did was push myself to try harder projects and learn new techniques. I think this is very key to knitting more than just a scarf. Start picking projects that make you learn more than just your simple knit and purl. M1, kfb, cabling, to name a few.
2. Try different needles. I discovered that I LOVE knitting in the round! It's beautiful and seamless. Also don't be scared to try those double pointed needles!
3. Experiment with accenting your knits. Simple beading or felted flowers can really add a lot!
4. Start trying your own patterns. This has been really fun for me. As I've learned some basic pattern designs, I've tried them for my own patterns. It gives me such satisfaction knowing I've come up with something in my head and then created it with my hands!
5. Above all, have fun!
Some helpful sites...
As I tried to discover how to join stitches for knitting in the round, I realized it was very hard to find on the net! Then I found this video. Without this, I wouldn't have learned this simple yet vital technique.
Ravelry is a HUGE database of so many great patterns. Most are free, some are not. This is where I find the bulk of my patterns.
And this site is great if you want to try your hand at writing your own patterns. It will give you some knitting stitch patterns that you can turn into hats, scarves, sweaters, and more!
Also, browse knitting blogs. It will give you knitting inspiration and motivation!