Hi all… newbie here.
Over the last two years, I have become craft obsessed. I have crochetted for a long time (nothing fancy, just single and double crochette and the big square block things), but that was the extent of it for a very long time. Then I started reading all of these awesome craft blogs, and I was hooked. First came the need to knit, then cross stitch,and then to quilt. Quilting and cross stitch took over for a while since I got frustrated with knitting, and I got back to knitting a few weeks ago.
I started a simple ribbed scarf, and I noticed that I was having a realllly hard time shoving my needle into the loops. So I checked out this site and watched some videos. I came to realize that I was doing the Combination purl and the regular knit. This made my stitching realllly tight. So, now that I know what I was doing, I was able to switch to the combination knit, and my knitting is FLYING now…
However, watching the videos here, and reading up a bit on combination knitting, has made me a little nervous. I know that once I do a few scarves, Im gonna be itching to try something a bit more complicated. But I read that because the stitches are oriented differently on the needle with this kind of stitching, that patterns may be a little off for those of us who stitch this way.
So, my question is, is there an easy way to convert patterns/charts for combination knitters? Or do we just have to wing it? Should I stick to this for the simple things that wont be affected (like scarves), and learn the regular stitching way for everything else? I dont want to get into the habbit of knitting this way if its going to make things more difficult for me further down the road…
Thanks for reading!!