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Old 12-19-2008, 12:12 PM   #1
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How do you know when to move on to a more complicated pattern or project?

I have been knitting again for about 3 months. I have made a scarf for DH, about half a dozen dishcloths in many interesting patterns, 30 candy cane cozy's and about half way finished with an afghan.

I have been looking at all the wonderful patterns of fingerless gloves and patterns for so very cute bags/purses. Some are cable, worked in round, multiple colors and/or designs. I have done nothing like these before. I have never knitted from a chart.

I am a 20+ year experienced crocheter. I have found that once I look up the knitting abreviations and understand the instruction it seems I have little or no trouble. But I have chosen to simply drool over the projects that really interest me. So, again I ask....How do you know when to move on to a more complicated pattern or project?
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:26 PM   #2
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you'll move on when you are ready.

you'll find a pattern that speaks to you, or yarn, or both..

you'll do fair isle or lace or something..

every one will OH, and AH, and you'll be pleased as punch.

or you won't! you'll be happy as clam making simple hats and scarves, and mittens on 2 needles and won't ever do anything more but admire all the other knitting.

it won't matter a bit!
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I'll second that. You'll move on when you are ready - or when the "right" project appears. It's really not a skill level thing - it's a desire thing.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:29 PM   #4
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You have the skills now to make more things. What is it you're dreaming of making? I made my first simple sweater when I'd been knitting for 3 mos.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:31 PM   #5
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I've only been knitting a couple of months, but got a little bored with the scarf and dishcloth thing. So I did a cable afghan which turned out wonderfully. I am starting a sock now! A Sock! So exciting - although no one but a knitter would find it so. It sounds like you are ready. I am going with the theory of one new skill per project. For the socks it is knitting on dpns, and so far so good. For the afghan it was learning to cable. I wouldn't just jump into a pattern that has 12 stitches you don't know, complicated cables, a long, complex chart and 15 different color changes, but something with one thing you are interested in learning and using a pattern you like.
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I think the best way to learn something is by doing it. I don't worry about my skill level, if I like it I try it anyway. Baby clothes are a good way to learn the basics of making garments without taking as long as a full adult size jumper/sweater and babies aren't as critical of your mistakes!
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I don't think there's a "when"- you just move on to the next project you're interested in! Don't tell yourself it might be too hard, just jump in. If you need help, there's always someone here that can help you.
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Sounds like you might be ready now. Don't worry about there being something in a pattern that you haven't done before, you have to do it the first time somehow. Just pick a pattern you'd like to try and go for it!
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Originally Posted by Lucy78green View Post
I think the best way to learn something is by doing it. I don't worry about my skill level, if I like it I try it anyway. Baby clothes are a good way to learn the basics of making garments without taking as long as a full adult size jumper/sweater and babies aren't as critical of your mistakes!
I agree with this - baby items, even barbie clothes use many of the same techniques, but don't take as much time to finish. You get to try things and see how they work, then move on to full size things already knowing what to expect.
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Ok, I taking a leap....I have picked my next project from the cover of Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I ordered the yarn (found it on sale) and the dpns to make the I-cord. There are a couple of new things to learn with this project and I am very excited. I will share my progress as I go. Now, I need to have a little patience while waiting for the yarn.


I am not much for sitting on the sidelines, I figured I would just start marking the ahhhh things right off the list.
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