Needle Knitting and Dropping Stitches

August 17, 2016

knitting needles on wool yarn
If you've been following me for any length of time, you'll know that I've been teaching myself to needle knit. You can read about it in this post. Anyhow, it's been awhile since I've provided an update on my progress and so I thought I write about it today.

I've been crocheting since I was 12 and so I'm accustomed and very comfortable with crochet hooks. Knitting needles are a different story altogether. However, I think it would be a lot harder for me to learn had I not learned loom and arm knitting first. The techniques in some ways are the same in traditional needle knitting.

I follow a few knitting YouTubers which has been helping me, one of them is Very Pink Knits. This lady is incredible and if I could learn to knit holding my yarn the way she does, I'd be able to make anything. Another knitting YouTube channel I follow is Sheep & Stitch. I've also embedded a video tutorial of a scarf I've started, but in case the video doesn't play, click here.

I was really getting frustrated because I was still dropping stitches and in some cases accidentally adding stitches! And I'll be transparent here...about a couple of weeks ago I thought I was in over my head and I thought about giving it up. Then something happened that made me change my mind...

What Was It? What Changed my Mind?


circular knitting needles and yarn

It was circular needles! Something that simple! I own a set of bamboo knitting needles and they're really nice. They're 9" in length so perfect for a beginner who doesn't want to use long needles. However, I was getting these dropped stitches which creates holes in the work.

Also, it was cumbersome to turn the work putting down the needles all the time. I dabbled in continental-style knitting meaning holding the working yarn in my left hand rather than the right. Then, I learned combined continental style knitting meaning you're wrapping the yarn on the needle differently than plain continental. But, I was dissatisfied. I longed to knit English style and I just love how knitted items look so I just couldn't give up.

Circular Needles are the Bomb


I own two pairs of circular needles, one pair are the silver slick kind like in the picture above. Mine are a size 15mm and my other pair are size 17mm Susan Bates Quicksilver circulars and it has a bit more texture to them where the yarn really slides on and off, but they're not too slippery as in my silver set.

I'm knitting up my first adult size scarf. I've knitted smaller projects like really tiny scarves for some stuffed teddy bears and headbands but it was time to challenge myself to a larger project.

Below is the video tutorial I promised you! In the video, she teaches using wooden straight needles, but I ripped out my scarf a few times before I discovered I'm better with my circulars.



I hope to take pictures of my scarf but since this is my first real knitting project, it might take me some time to finish. Wish me success!

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