Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Knitting blog week day 2: An inspriational pattern

Blog about a pattern or project which you aspire to. Whether it happens to be because the skills needed are ones which you have not yet acquired, or just because it seems like a huge undertaking of time and dedication, most people feel they still have something to aspire to in their craft. If you don’t feel like you have any left of the mountain of learning yet to climb, say so!

This subject is based on the premise that knitting takes a lot of skill, and that one's skill level determines what kind of knitting you can or should do. It's unfortunate that there are knitters who propagate this myth. Knitting is a very simple process that does not take a lot of skill to accomplish. There are only two stitches in all of knitting: the knit and the purl. If a knitter can do these two things, she can reproduce any pattern. I don't think any knitter should ever look at a beautiful project and think she lacks the skills to do it. That's just an incorrect way of looking at the problem.

The issue that complicates knitting is time and concentration. Complicated patterns simply require more time and concentration to reproduce. Having to look at a pattern for every single stitch requires a lot of concentration and patience and adds a huge amount of time to a project. The more experience you have at reading and following patterns, the easier this gets. However, whatever the pattern, you're still just doing knits and purls. My advice is never to tell yourself that you don't know how to do something in knitting. Instead, when considering the difficulty of a pattern, be honest with yourself about how much or little fun it will be to have to read the pattern while you're knitting and compare it to how much you would actually like to knit the project. That will tell you if you can do it.
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