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« Reply #30 on: July 20, 2007 12:39:26 PM »

my first project was a scarf, not really knitted but sort of a cross between knitting and crochet that i made up with a latch hook and a stick from my yard that i sanded down.  i made four squares in red, yellow, green, and blue from some yarn my dad bought me and sewed them together.  it fit once around my neck with no overlap, so i couldn't really wear it. 

when i learned the 'real' knit stitch in a magazine, i bought some new yarn and needles and went to town on a garter-stitch scarf.  i don't recommend those because they get boring for a new knitter.

my second project was a turtle-neck sweatervest thing with a front pocket, which took a while but was worth it.  for first projects i recommend a small something you can wear or use, just to make it more exciting.  small, meaning not a long scarf. 

I'd like to see how the method you invented works and what it looks like!!  Could you maybe post a tutorial or at least some pictures sometime?

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« Reply #31 on: July 20, 2007 12:39:53 PM »

My first project?? Don't really remeber cause my great-gran taught me when I was like 4 or 5. My first completed project was a checker-board scarf for my mom about 14 yrs ago, it was good for learning knit and purl stitches. Then I got hung up in school stuff and forgot how to knit for like 3yrs then tried a ripple afghan in college but some jerk broke into my car and stole everything (so that never got finished). But lately I'm back into it and having a blast. But I think scarves are always a good place to start ( they're like giant gauge swatches that you can wear).

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« Reply #32 on: July 20, 2007 12:44:09 PM »

I made Knitty's Calorimetry for my first finished project. Yeah, I know, most people do scarves but I'm weird  Cheesy
« Reply #33 on: July 20, 2007 01:22:33 PM »

first ever project was a doll blanket my Grandma started when I was, um 6?  I never finished it, I got too interested in playing Davey Crockett in the back yard...  she finished it for me.  I think I have it somewhere.

Other than that, my first self-started and finished project was a garter-stitch scarf I made  ~ 15 years later.  haha.  My Grandma was proud of me.  Turns out she'd been self-taught out of a book just like I ended up doing the second time around (Sn'B).  (She took up knitting after my Grandpa made her a pink sweater and all she could think was "if he can do that, so can I")

I would do it again.  At the time, a scarf was delightfully easy, straightforward and exciting.  I think I used 8s or 10s, so I'm not so sure why I liked it so much... 13s would have been WAY better!  haha.  I also then made about five more scarves in very short order after that.  They're great because you can whip them up, and learn new techniques ... with built in repetition so that you actually LEARN them.  I think all those scarves really helped me to understand the various properties of materials, guage and the merits of different types of knitting needles.

I don't have that scarf any more, I gave it to Goodwill because it was so glaringly flawed and I didn't really like the acrylic yarn I used.

« Reply #34 on: July 20, 2007 02:02:56 PM »

First project was the ubiquitous scarf, made with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky, so I didn't mind that it took me so long to make it.  It ended up wider and shorter than I wanted, but it turned out pretty well overall.

« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2007 02:19:48 PM »

I started a skull illusion scarf, but finished a hat Cheesy  That was too big, because I, of course, am invincible and don't need gauge Roll Eyes

I've restarted that stupid scarf 3 times, and still haven't finished it yet.

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« Reply #36 on: July 20, 2007 02:27:18 PM »

Typical: a garter stitch scarf using orange and green Wool-Ease thicknquick, three years ago.

I'd choose the same thing again, because dear LORDY, was I having problems with adding and dropping stitches. If I'd started with ANYTHING the least bit more complex, I'd have thrown it through a window.
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« Reply #37 on: July 20, 2007 04:32:39 PM »

I'd like to see how the method you invented works and what it looks like!!  Could you maybe post a tutorial or at least some pictures sometime?

Sure, but I warn you it's really slow and tight, and now that I think of it it's pretty much crochet but with a stick in your way.  Basically, you just crochet a chain (say 20 stitches) then wrap yarn around your stick 20 times.  Then you take the yarn and with your latchhook (you could use a crochet hook, I just didn't have one) you draw the yarn through the first stitch of the crochet row, then make another loop through the first wrap on your stick, and through the loop already on your hook.  work in this manner to the end of the row/stick, then take the stick out.  turn and repeat.   

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« Reply #38 on: July 20, 2007 04:37:15 PM »

that sounds like tunisian/afghan crochet.

2 more months till little Emmalyn makes her debut. So nervous but just can't wait Smiley
« Reply #39 on: July 20, 2007 05:16:03 PM »

My first project was a pair of striped socks I knit when i was nine. They won grand champion in the show. I am very proud. lol
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