I Knitted a Thing

I crocheted quite a bit in college, but since I know nothing about knitting it has always been mysterious to me. Have you ever seen cartoon characters knit? They just wiggle the tips of two knitting needles together, and within a second or two a sweater magically pops out. I don’t have the patience to knit enough to get good at it, but I wanted to learn the basics for the sake of understanding how the process works. I followed along with this tutorial. A sweater didn’t magically pop out of my needles, but there was something hypnotic about knitting once I started getting the feel for it.

Here’s the ugly thing I knitted! It’s supposed to be a dishcloth. It has plenty of nice big gaps in it. Let’s just pretend I put those in on purpose, and they’re for ventilation.

first knitting attempt

The sheep knitting needles mocked me mercilessly the whole time I used them.

first knitting attempt

Well, at least my stitches started neatening up a little towards the end there.

first knitting attempt

One of Oliver’s favorite toys is a knitted bunny, so I tried to convince him that I knitted him a new toy. He was not impressed. Note the withering look.

first knitting attempt


    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      Oh really? Well then I know what you’re getting for Mother’s Day this year, Mom. Bahaha! ;)

  1. Amy Lynn

    Cute! My mom tried to teach me to crochet when I was a teenager, but I didn’t have the patience for it. When I got older though, I decided to learn knitting with the help of youtube tutorials! :) I love it, it’s just so cathartic for me. It’s one of my favorite winter hobbies.

  2. Erin

    Looks like you dropped a couple of stitches! That always happens to me and those holes are the worst. You can always undo a row if you notice a hole. It takes a while to get the hang of it but you have a quite a few rows that look good!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I was terrified of undoing it and then not being able to figure out how to get going again, haha!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      OH my gosh Michelle, hilarious! I’m glad you recovered. Your knitting looks awesome by the way.

  3. robyn

    Picking up dropped stitches is so tricky! I’ve ripped out whole rows because I dropped a stitch and didn’t know exactly how to fix it. Of course, I can only knit rectangles, but I haven’t put in the time to really learn to do much. In my wildest dreams I know how to make cables! :)

  4. Kelly J. R.

    The best knitting class I ever took was called “Fearless Knitting” because it taught you how to fix your mistakes. Dropped stitch? No problem. Just use a crochet hook to ladder it back up to your needle. Amazing! I knit most evenings and my husband always teases me. “Playing with your sticks again?” He also calls me Granny. I’m 33!

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      That class sounds amazing. Yeah, I definitely had no idea how to fix anything aside from starting over completely. Oh, and my husband gave me such a hard time when I told him I was going to blog about my knitting attempt! He was also under the impression that only old ladies did it, haha.

  5. Rebekah

    Keep going! I did, and you will eventually get better. Learning tension and picking up dropped stitches are really valuable. Scarves are a great beginner project.

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