It’s officially sweater weather in Colorado. The leaves’
colors are changing and the best part of the year, according to many knitters,
is upon us. I’ve been keeping warm by cozying up on the couch with my knitting
and catching up on older episodes of Parks
and Recreation and The Walking Dead
(perfect for right before Halloween). Between political jokes and zombie
attacks I’ve managed to complete the body of my first sweater.
|The Clear Creek Pullover
Something that I love about knitting, and I’m sure many
other knitters do as well, is that there is an endless amount to learn. Just in
one project there can be a slew of unfamiliar techniques that, while
challenging, can bring one’s knitting to the “next level.” And there are
countless knitting patterns available in this world, each unique and different in
its own respect with so much knowledge locked inside.
The Clear Creek Pullover pattern I’ve been working on is pretty simple and straightforward, yet it has elements with which I was unfamiliar
before I started. There are increase and decrease rows featuring the Lifted
Increase, the Left of which definitely took a while for my mind to grasp and
hands to follow.
At one point, frogging had to happen, which I had never done
before either. Challenges like these in knitting bring learning through
experience, the result of which is improved skill. When I am finished with this sweater, I will be a better knitter than before!
The great thing about this pattern is that it’s simple
enough for someone who has never knit a full sweater, with plenty of rows of
straight knitting (ideal for simultaneous TV-watching), with some interesting increase, decrease, and Elongated Stitch
Edging rows to keep things interesting. In other words, it’s a great learning
experience. And now to begin tackling these sleeves . . .
How about you? What is a project you have worked on that has challenged and pushed you but has been ultimately rewarding for you as a knitter?
Happy knitting and learning!