December 5th, 2011

puffin

Knitting as an RPG?

I keep levelling up my knitting skills. Every time I learn something new I feel pretty damn proud of myself, even if I say so myself!

My new-to-me-since-I-first-learned-to-knit-as-a-child knitting techniques are:
– magic-loop.
– entrelac.
– knitting backwards (i.e. purling back in stocking stitch without turning my work).
– continental knitting (I am an English/American/thrown knitter by original teaching) so that I could knit with both hands at once, one colour in each hand.
– cables without a cable needle.
– many other useful knitting techniques that I forget right now such as cast on and cast/bind off methods. See my Knitting Links page for links to videos or sites about some of these techniques.

Most of these I taught myself by watching videos online or merely trial and error but some I learned in face-to-face classes.

Also, and most shockingly, in the last couple of weeks I have taught myself how to use double pointed needles (DPNs) to knit small items in the round instead of using magic loop! I originally taught myself magic-loop instead of DPNs because I was concerned that I would be too clumsy to knit with DPNs without dropping/losing them (which is also the reason that I learned to cable without a cable needle – one less thing to drop!). On a good/non-clumsy day using DPNs can actually be easier than magic-loop, when working on tiny items in-the-round, because of the need in the latter method of having to keep pulling the circular needle through as you get to the next half of the stitches.

Originally published at Natalie Ford Knits. You can comment here or there.