I finally finished my first knitted project! Whew I can't say it was easy, but I think I finally have the hang of it. I did what is called the stockinette stitch to make some wristers for my oldest daughter. We saw these during Christmas at Forever 21 and I said the usual thing I say when I see something that doesn't look all that hard to make. "I could make these". Except at the time I didn't know how to knit so I figured I could crochet them. I looked everywhere for a crochet pattern but the ones I saw were not what I had in mind. So I learned how to knit. A coworker showed me the knit stitch and I turned to youtube for the purl stitch. Then I found a pattern at Michaels for these.
The picture shows 3 different lengths that can be made. I did the mid length in gray. Here is how they turned out.
These only require one 3 oz skein and I used Vanna's Choice Silver Heather. The pattern said to use size 9 knitting needles. I did one whole arm with size 9 needles and it was too small. I never check my gauge like I am supposed to and I paid for it. I had to pull it all out and start over. I ended up using size 10.5 knitting needles.
Aren't they cute? My daughter likes them and I am making another pair for her in Vanna's Choice "Dusty Purple". These are a great beginner project and I felt pretty comfortable with the pattern from the beginning even though I messed it up a couple of times, I learned where I went wrong each time. Oh and I learned that apparently I knit the Continental way instead of the American way. I hold my working yarn in my left hand and use my right hand needle to grab and twist the yarn. I thought I was knitting like a crocheter but it turns out this is an accepted way of knitting just different than is taught here in America. You can find videos on You Tube if you think you are interested in trying to knit. I found the Continental way a lot easier and more comfortable. I found a great blog that has short instructional videos to teach you how to knit. If you are interested go to Knitting Tips.
I finished the second set and wanted to share them.