Switching to the Dark Side {knitting}

Today's post is about something that's always been on my bucket list, yet it's something I never thought I'd actually enjoy and get into. In terms of crafts, sewing's always been my number one, my go to; pretty much just what I did. Crocheting never really worked out and knitting, well, I could hardly tell the difference between a knit and a pearl, let alone even begin to think about not accidentally adding/dropping stitches.

Which is why I guess it's somewhat surprising that I've knitted a jumper. A simple, raglan sleeve, one colour, all stocking stitch (bar the ribbing) one.

I'm not sure what inspired me to knit a jumper, but I do know that as I was flicking through patterns, seeing all the amazing fair-isle designs and intricate cabling that I knew I wanted to, one day, be able to create something like that. This of course if I managed to make it through my first jumper, which I'm pleased to say I have :)

Anyway, I chose what my Mum approved of as a simple, inexperienced-knitter-proof jumper, picked out some grayish-oatmeal coloured wool and got to work. To be entirely honest though, the needle size played quite the role when I was choosing my pattern since, you know, I didn't really want the jumper to never be finished!

Whilst making the jumper I learnt a tonne about knitting and patterns and just the whole process in general, so I thought I'd bullet point the main things I learnt...

  • It is possible to knit something without making a hole. This is probably what most put me off about knitting a garment; the fact that I couldn't knit a sampler without leaving a nice, big, gaping hole. Despite this I still just jumped into the jumper (note that unintentional alliteration ) without successfully completing a sampler and I think it worked out pretty okay.
  • Adding and decreasing stitches can go horribly wrong. Thus meaning you have to undo stuff. But it's alright, because once you figure out how to decrease a stitch without leaving a hole you're no longer crossing your fingers whilst knitting.
  • You actually have to pick-up the neckline. Who knew? I'm not sure why but I always thought it was like sewing where you'd knit a rectangle, fold in half, then stitch. Apparently not. Anyway, I've got a tiny hole (it's so miniature I'm not even counting it as a proper hole) from where I failed to pick up a stitch. The other thing is, I have to hold my head/face at just the right angle when I'm putting the jumper on, cause I casted off the neckline too tight. oops.
  • This next points a big one: stitching up seams is horrible. When I started the jumper I thought it would be the easiest part, since you know, I've done a fair amount of sewing (including hand sewing!) but no. Stitching up the seams managed to present a whole new challenge and it seemed to take forever. That being said, relative to the rest of the jumper it probably didn't take that long...

So that's about it, anyway, here's the proof that there were no holes...

The colours a little off on this one.

So yeah, I knitted a jumper, and now I think I'm going to attempt another :)

Thanks for reading!!
Katie XO