Hello fellow Craftsters! This is my very first project, a Chunky Checks pillow! Technically it is only half of the pillow and there are several reasons why I only did half of the project which I will get into later in this post. The pattern I used was from Learn to Knit in Just One Day by the American School of Needlework. I bought this because not only did it have instructions to teach knitting but it also has a bunch of easy/beginner patterns to choose from! So without further ado, let me present the pictures!
I definitely like the wrong side pattern better than the right side of this. I'm pretty sure it is because of the thick yarn. If I had the right weight it would have looked better on the right side (which is the point, right?)
Here are the reasons why I did not actually finish the other half of the pillow:
1.) I ended up getting *too* bulky of a yarn. I got the brand and the color that the pattern used as their example, but not the weight. It is way too big to be a pillow because of this (around 25" square!) I'm thinking of stuffing it to make a triangle-like pillow so it doesn't totally go to waste, but we will see.
2.) I didn't want to go buy more of the same bulky yarn to make the other half. I got the recommended amount of balls, but because the weight was too big, I would have had to buy more and since I wasn't going to have a pillow that big, I decided it was a waste of money. Besides, that money could be spent on new yarn for my next project!
3.) Now that autumn is approaching in New England, I really wanted to get going on one of the scarf or shawl patterns, considering heating the house is going to be a b*tch this winter.
So those are pretty much the reasons. Since this was my first knitting project, I feel like I should say what I learned.
1.) Check and double check the weight of the yarn when you are in the craft store
2.) Don't be lazy and do a gauge swatch (I really wanted to get started and because I'm REALLY slow, I was eager to see a finished project...but now I know better
3.) Learned how to hold my hands and the yarn better as I went along. I think the technical term here is yarn tension (?)
4.) Learned how to change yarn
So all in all it was a good 1st project...if you can have a first project that isn't technically finished.