Upping My Knitting Game

If I had to choose a word to describe my knitting skills it would be mediocre.

I first learned to knit probably close to 20 years ago. It didn’t take long for me to get the hang of knitting and purling. I started out with basic garter stitch scarves. Since I live in a hot climate, scarves are of no use to me, but they made for quick projects as I learned the basics of knitting. Pretty soon I wanted to knit all the things and continued working on projects on a daily basis.

Eventually, I moved on to bigger projects, learning a few more skills like increasing and decreasing, as well as a variety of stitch patterns with just simply knitting and purling. But at some point there was an arrest of development. I stayed within my comfort zone, sticking with what I knew – the very bare basics – and not bothering to venture into unknown territory by learning more in depth knitting skills.

Remaining in my comfort zone is kind of my thing. I wouldn’t categorize it as my best character trait, but it’s part of who I am.

I’m not really sure why, but I stopped knitting for a while. Life happened, I guess – a serious illness I needed to deal with, a crappy job, getting laid off from the crappy job, finding a new job, COVID, getting laid off again (thanks to COVID), getting rehired, trying to figure out what I wanted to do when I grow up (BTW, I’m 52 and still trying to figure that one out). Anyway, you get the picture, I stopped knitting.

Actually, now that I think about it, I did not completely stop. In 2018, I’d started a blanket using Purl Soho’s Super Easy Lap Blanket pattern and a ton of Lion Brand Wool-Ease that I had in my stash. That is pretty much the only knitting project I worked on – in an off-and-on fashion – until I finally finished it this year. And with the completion of that project, my love of knitting has been sparked once again. I’ve worked on several more projects this year and have decided it’s time to up my knitting game.

There are so many things that I don’t know or understand about knitting like the importance of gauge, knitting garments (something I REALLY want to learn), how to substitute yarns, how to fix mistakes like dropped stitches, how to read charts, understanding how to read a pattern properly.

These are just a few things I need to know if I want to become a better knitter. There’s so much more to learn and that’s my goal for the rest of this year and beyond – Become the best knitter possible.