My mother made all of us learn how to crochet at an early age. And though we made some nice items, I was always more impressed with knitted items. I was always told how hard it was to knit, and used to watch the “serious knitters” counting and working their magic etc… (Please know this is not a slam to people who crochet).
Well this Christmas I saw my next store neighbor knitting and she told me she had recently learned. I told her that I always wanted to learn, but was leary as I had heard it was very difficult. Two days later… I started my first project ( a scarf). I think I pulled it out and started over 4 times… just because… well you know how things are in the beginning… and I like things to be right. I guess I am a bit of a perfectionist. I found a mistake several inches back and pulled the whole thing out and decided to start over because I did not like the first 3-4 rows. Either way, I got past that hurdle and am trucking right along, but I do have a couple of questions.
First Question: Afgans. I am wanting to knit a baby blanket for a co-worker who is due in May. I am going to have to grab a pattern etc, but I am curious as to how I am going to be making something so “wide” as it is more than can fit on one kneedle? I assume there is a special method for this or special needles? Or is it that the pieces are in sections and “Weaved” together? Quite clearly some afgans are not “weaved”?
And now that I used the “W” word (weaving)… I have seen this term used in some pattern descriptions where it tells you to “weave” pieces together. Is there an example of how to do this somewhere?
Should I assume that when I see sweaters with arms, necks, and wrists with completely different patterns that these are all “weaved” together?
Blocking? Hmm I would like to know what this term actually means and how to do it? I heard discussion of it on here, but was not really sure what it relates to? I do know that is supposedly makes garmets appear neater?
There I have said a lot, and I am sure you all are itching to get me pointed in the right direction. Be easy on me now, because… well I am an old softy after all.
All the best,