Ravelry Inspired: Tackle a Project to Learn Something New
Adults often cringe at the idea of trying something they have never before attempted. I like to think of knitters differently. Since most stitch enthusiasts are problem-solvers by the very nature of the hobby they have chosen, the fear of learning doesn’t necessarily resonate as it would with a non-knitter.
If you want to progress in your craft and get beyond the ubiquitous swatch (a.k.a., dishcloth-coaster), you need to evolve that bag of knitting tricks. And where better to see what appeals in the stitching game than Ravelry? These suggestions will have you trying something new before you know it.
Slip Stitch with a Dash of Geometric Design
You get a lot of bang for your knitting buck with the Slippery Slope socks from Interweave Knits Spring 2016. Not only will you be able to practice slip stitch, but you will also be tasked to ensure that the fun geometric pattern plays out as intended. This quote from the project page on Ravelry should light the proper knitting fire: “I have never been in awe of a sock pattern until now. I am so motivated to finish the pair that I’m knitting to cast on this pattern. Stunning!”
Get on the Cable Train
Never tried cables? That’s okay. We are not here to judge. Mostly we are here to validate your knitting addiction. But if you haven’t yet embraced cables, you don’t truly understand just how far you can go. The Central Park Hoodie from knitscene Fall 2006 shows up on Ravelry consistently as a favorite, even 13 years after it was first published! Take it from other knitters: this is the cable project that will define your tipping point into all things cabled.
Don’t be Scared, Seam Your Garment
So you’re avoiding making certain garments because they require you to seam. Take a deep breath. There are two crucial things you need to watch out for if you take on seaming. Number one, you need to line up your stitches properly so they don’t pucker in weird ways. Number two, make sure the seam is on the inside of the garment. No, you are not the first knitter to make that mistake. As with anything, your seaming will get better with practice. And don’t you want to practice so that you can execute the stunning Puck’s Tunic? Get on the case, and you will soon find that seaming isn’t so scary, after all.
A Triangle Shawl with Bobbles and Fringe and Lace, OH MY!
Take look at the Aristida Shawl. If this project isn’t a playland of stitch technique, I don’t know what is. You’ve got your lace. You’ve got your bobbles. You’ve got your fringe. And if you’ve never attempted a triangle shawl before, you’ve got access to a well-written pattern that will give you the incentive you need to get started. Found within the pages of knitscene Accessories 2012, you will find there is no turning back from the magical yarnovers that define the execution, allowing this accessory to grow swiftly from your needles and into your wardrobe.
Ribbing and Reversible Cables, a Perfect Pair
Minimalistic yet intriguing, the Lundbye Scarf is an elegant example from Designer Cheryl Toy of what can be done with simple ribbing and reversible cables. I found the most innovative of yarn substitution ideas on Ravelry when reviewing this project. One knitter used baby camel hair, and made this for her husband (bonus points: unisex). Another yarnie chose bamboo yarn, yielding a lightweight summer scarf that can be worn during Women’s Winter (coming sooner than you think!). Yet another stitcher chose a lace weight, hand dyed, speckled yarn that gives this project unexpected depth.
It’s amazing what you can accomplish if given the opportunity to try. You need only create that opportunity for yourself.
Now get to work!
Craft on, crafters –
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