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06-17-2013, 12:53 AM
...i spent as much time knitting as i do looking up techniques and youtube videos on the different stitches! haha> at some point i'm sure my foundation will be solid enough that i may be able to finish ONE project without looking up a youtube video!

my name is krystle, i'm 29 years old....the big 30 in a few months. i am a hospice registered nurse, mother to a 2 year old daughter. i started crocheting when i worked in a neonatal intensive care unit. started with washcloths, then progressed to scarves and blankets, dresses.....i always longed to knit. it seems knit patterns are just so much prettier in my opinion. more refined in some way. and of course i love vintage styles so all the cool vintage patterns for cardigans and sweaters are knit. so, here i am. not-so-new-to-knitting but still fumbling my way through the dark about a year later. i have knitted a few intermediate skill dresses for my daughter and i am currently making a blanket.

06-17-2013, 05:47 AM
Welcome, Krystle! Post some photos of your finished objects! We would love to see your projects!

06-17-2013, 06:06 AM
Hi and welcome, Kristie!
Maybe one of the best things is that you're searching around for videos and learning new techniques. That's what we all like to do. You're expanding the kinds of things you can do and trying new patterns. Sounds great to me!
I agree with Ronda, love to see some of your projects. What 'cha Knittin' is perfect for that.

06-17-2013, 09:35 AM
If you haven't discovered it yet the antique pattern library (http://www.antiquepatternlibrary.org/) is full of antique and vintage patterns. And there are some gorgeous ones--both crochet and knit (okay, and other crafts, too).

However, let me warn you: It can be quite the time suck!

06-17-2013, 10:07 AM
Hey krystlelynn333 - it's so nice to see more new knitters. May your yarns bring much pleasure ... blessings, love and light.

06-17-2013, 10:08 AM
Antares - thank you SO much for that WONDERFUL link. I just adore old patterns!!

06-17-2013, 10:21 AM
I just read this in one of the antique books ... so much fun!

To knit a stocking, needles four,
Cast on three needles and no more;
Each needle stitches eight and twenty,
Then one for seam stitch will be plenty.

For twenty rounds your stitch must be
Two plain, tow purl alternately,
Except the seam stitch which you do
Once purl, once plain, the whole way through.

A finger plain you next must knit,
Ere you begin to narrow it;
But if you like the stocking long,
Two fingers' length will not be wrong.

And then the narrowings to make,
Two stitches you together take
Each side the seam; then eight rounds plain
Before you narrow it again,

Ten narrowings you'll surely find
Will shape the stocking to your mind;
Then twenty rounds knit plain must be,
And stitches sixty-five you'll see.

These just in half hyou must divide,
With thirty-two on either side;
But on one needle there must be
Seam stitch in middle, thirty-three

One half on needles two you place,
And leave alone a little space;
the other with the seam in middle,
To manage right is now my riddle.


06-17-2013, 10:28 AM
Wow, a poem AND a pattern. How fun!!

06-17-2013, 11:09 AM
Damned antique book libraries kept me up til one in the morning!!

06-17-2013, 02:26 PM
Glad some folks are enjoying the link to the antique pattern library. I did try to warn you that it's addicting!

Thanks for posting that poem, David. That's pretty cool!

06-18-2013, 02:38 AM
Antares - yes it's very addictive, and such a wonderful way to preserve the past and encourage to future to be retrospective ...

06-19-2013, 09:11 AM
oh man! here i am suppose to be working and i'm checking the forums for knitting advice>.....i WILL not look at those antique patterns or i'll be working until 6pm! lol:aww:

06-19-2013, 10:01 AM
@krystle !!! love it, those books of patterns make one feel like a kid in a candy shop.

06-19-2013, 11:27 AM
Yeah, you better save the antique patterns for the weekend--or whenever you're not supposed to be working.

I love the history embedded in these journals--the yarns available, the things people wore, the things women wore to bed, the unique things that were important (hair bowls?), and, of course, the patterns themselves. They have inspired me to try Irish crochet . . . . some day when I'm a little less busy.

If you're interested in Irish crochet, here's a site (http://craftymainer.5u.com/icmotifs.htm) that has cataloged and listed (with images) all of the Irish crochet patterns from the antique pattern library. Very cool indeedy!