The knitting bug has bit. After the success of my first project I have now managed to complete another project – my first knitted dishcloth. For the doll scarf I cast on ten stitches, deliberately making mistakes so that I could practise unravelling, un-knitting and tinking. I cast on thirty-three stitches for the dishcloth. Learning to fix mistakes is an important part of my learning process, I feel more able to go forward the better I understand how to go back. Knowing how to address mistakes means I am less afraid to make them – it’s liberating.
This learning to knit process gig wouldn’t have been possible without the great resources on the inter-webs. Some of my favourite online videos include:
Now I am taking another small step in my knitting journey and casting on forty-four stitches with the aim of knitting a square. Not just any square though. A “born to knit” square. The idea is to knit squares that will be sewn together to make a blanket for the Save The Children charity. Each blanket is made of sixteen 20x20cm knitted squares.
Are you learning to knit too? Why don’t you practice your garter stitch skills with me and knit a square? If you knit a square, or two if the bug bites, then post it to me and I’ll sew it together into a blanket for a vulnerable child and send the completed blanket to Save The Children.
To participate you’ll need to get yourself 4mm knitting needles, a ball of pure wool and cast on forty-four stitches and start clickety-clacking. If you start to lose heart you can remind yourself that a small child is depending on you to keep them warm.
So how about it?
Beginner knitters sign up below and commit to knitting a square for a vunerable child by August. That gives me time to sew them together and post them off. Sign up now and then once you’ve finished your square(s) send me an email and I’ll let you know the address to send them.
Experienced knitters you can cheer us on with lots of advice, tips and cheering from the side-lines… and if we can’t get sixteen squares cast off our needles perhaps you can throw in a square or two at the end?