Along with knit and purl stitches, I learnt how to do yarn over, knit two together (which until Docwitch commented I hadn't even realised that's what K2tog meant! *chuckle*), and I sort of learnt how to read a pattern. This is all just from videos and a few sites, because that's the insane way right?
Here's what I discovered...
Knit stitch is like a good friend, solid, reliable, easy to get along with. You wouldn't go out on a drinking bender with her, no, you would sip chai or coffee and possibly a good sponge cake. She's there when you need a shoulder to cry on.
Purl is like that relative we all have, who is unpredictable. She's moody you see. Sometimes she's happy to go along with things, other times she's not. She's a little quirky and safe enough and well, she's a relative. Can't choose them right? But you can't deny feeling a little relief when your time together is over.
Now yarn over. Ooh la la. She's your sexy friend. She's the one you go out dancing with and if you're single and want a little action, she'll attract them like the proverbial flies to a honey pot. She's a looker, and she's smooooth. So if you're married, you somehow never get around to introducing her to your husband.
Knit Two Together is a co-worker. You're stuck with her. And she's a bitch. She's stubborn to the core. If you're a diplomat or know how to sweet talk, you can have her yield, a little. But she'll always remind you that her status at the office is above yours. It's no good reminding her that she's not your boss, and that you're not even in her department. She'll wield her title in your face. Just go along with it, or suffer the consequences.
So whilst learning how to read a pattern in the middle of knitting it, I got the chance to feel knitting on an intuitive level. As I had no real idea of the differences between even knit and purl stitches, I discovered their look and feel whilst knitting. I found mistakes long after I had made them, but after a time, I also began to feel , as I was knitting, when it wasn't right. That was a good feeling.
I can now recognise a purl stitch and what the next row should start as by looking at the previous row. I kept forgetting this! The pattern is;
CO an even number of sts.
K 6 rows.
Row 1 (WS): k1, *yo, k2tog, rep from * to last stitch, k1
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: k2, *yo, k2tog, rep from * until 2 st remain, k2
Row 4: Knit
Rep Rows 1 - 4 until desired length.
K 6 rows.
I still have no idea what WS means.
But the bit that confuses me is that one side has a nice edge to it while the other doesn't. So either it's a naff pattern or I've misunderstood/not understood something. No bets on which it is!
My scarf has a several mistakes and uneven tension, but by the recent section I started to know knitting. You know, in the belly.
I added some stockinette stitching (ooh, listen to her, stockinette) inbetween just for a change as I thought it was a bit of a boring pattern (typical!) and that was a saver as I was able to unravel back to those sections when I had made a huge mistake.
Getting those stitches back onto your needle is an extreme sport! DIY Dad says he wants to get a swear jar so we can have tons of play money.
I'm only about 1/3 way through. I was going to keep the scarf, warts and all, as a fun reminder of my first project. However, there are so many mistakes now that I can't imagine ever wearing it, and so it's lost it's knitting appeal. I don't want to knit unless I'm enjoying it.
Do I keep this piece for sentimental reasons? lol It's cheap enough yarn.
I recieved Stitch 'n Bitch yesterday, so am looking forward to learning something properly.