Have You Branched Out? And a CONTEST!

Have you branched out in your knitting? I started with scarves (knitting 20 or 30 of them, probably) and moved on to socks. I thought I’d prefer sock knitting for the rest of my life. Then I tried shawls and quickly became hooked on those, instead. It’s interesting to see how things evolve as you learn and grow, isn’t it? I’m glad that I didn’t just stick with scarves. Or socks. And I’m glad I’m not going to stick with just shawls forever, either. There are too many fun things out there to work on.

Two things I want to try next. First – Colorwork. In particular, colorwork mittens. Oh, I tried one. But I need to get much much better at my tension, before I feel like I can enjoy the whole colorwork knitting process. There are bunches and bunches of wonderful colorwork patterns that I have made note of, for when I get good at this.

I’d also like to learn to knit those cute little amigurumi/mochi creatures, just because they’re adorable. I bought this book because of the cute gnome on the front. (And several cute patterns on the inside.) I think the little creatures would be fun to pop in the mail to a friend or tie on a package. I also might need a few sitting along the top of my computer.

So that’s one important technique on my To Learn list, and one just-for-fun thing on my To Learn list. What is on your To Learn list? Leave a comment below and we’ll do a drawing next week for Loopy Gift Certificates (so that you can pick out something and move forward on one of your new projects or techniques!).

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  1. I’d like to learn to do socks on 2 circs. I’m also working up the courage to try a sweater once I can keep my tension even through a whole piece 🙂

  2. Sweaters. I drool over cardigan designs all the time but have yet to dive into making one. I would love to make something unique that is tailored to fit me. Also, lace in laceweight yarn. I’ve made lace pattern in sock yarn a few times, but I think it is time to branch out!

  3. Color work, lace with lace weight yarn, finding the perfect fit sweater pattern, trying out all of the new and different yarn brands. The list today.

  4. I want to learn two at a time socks, and I really want to do another colorwork sock pattern. I just finished my first and gave them to my sister, now it is my turn.

  5. It’s two-fold; colorwork/ tension. I’m a very tight knitter, so I need to work on relaxing my tension, so my colorwork attempts are more successful. 🙂

  6. I recently learned the Latian Braid and am very intrigued. I have seen it done in 3 colors and simply must investigate this! I love colorwork that you can do one color at a time, but must move on.

  7. I am going to start a pair of colorwork socks after I finish the mittens I’m working on. I would also like to learn continental knitting. I wonder if I have the patience. 🙂

  8. I’ve spent the last year challenging myself by knitting eight pairs of socks at once, learning to knit backward while making the Summit shawl, and making an amigurumi jackalope. This year might be a good year to really hone my fitting skills so that I can be sure I’ll love the sweaters I make.

  9. Colorwork/Fair Isle. DH is still awaiting the Norwegian sweater for which he purhased a PILE of yarn for. He’s a big man, so I’m terrified that my tension (which tends toward tightness) will make the FO more of a sausage casing than a comfort to him. Arghhhh! Then socks…

  10. I think I want to get better at colorwork, because like you I think my final product doesn’t give me the joy it should. And one of these days I’d like to learn that brioche thing. I have a book and it makes no sense to me at all. It would also be nice to get a grip on the German twisted cast on and the double start cast on.

  11. Over the past 6 monts or so I’ve learned a lot! Magic Loop, 2 at a time magic loop, socks, and more. But, I would like to learn more finishing techinques. If a sweater pattern is in pieces I just keep searching. I would also like to get better at colorwork as well, I’m just starting.

  12. I have decided for 2012 to try to do something new to me (or at least something I haven’t done in at least a decade) with each project. The first three are: bohaus style colourwork, two at a time socks on one circ., and double knitting.

  13. Two things I would like to accomplish: First I’d like to try my hand at designing a pattern. I have some interesting ideas in my head and would like to try and make them real. One design is a beaded shawl that is driving me nuts – I need to get it out of my head and onto paper. The second thing I’d like to try is making wool wash for different fabric types. One might have silk in it for yarns with shine.

  14. Colorwork is on my list, too – I’ve done one project and have lots more in my queue, but need to get better with my technique. I’d also like to learn how to knit an adult-sized sweater that will actually fit…that one seems very daunting!

  15. I want to try double knitting and the knit one below technique. My favorite aspect of knitting is design, and I want to be able to use them in my creations.

  16. There are too many knitting techniques that I want to try to mention. My next knitting challenge to learn is stranded knitting, then entrelac, then ???

  17. I would like to improve my Fair Isle techniques. I love knitting with beads but have kept it to small projects and would like to expand that to a large shawl.

  18. Oh, there’s so many things I still need to learn! I want to try a non-rectangular shawl soon and I want to do my first sweater. Oh, and I really need to learn short rows – I see so many patterns that I love that use them.

  19. I still have a ton to learn but this year is sweaters and shawls. I have done several shawls but lace shawls I am going to do this year. So many beautiful patterns

  20. This is why I love the knitting Olympics- they always challenge me to try new things- fair isle, gloves, stuffed animals, sweaters. This year I am going to try double knitting- it seems one of the last frontiers for me!

  21. There’s always something left to learn! I’d like to make my first adult sweater, but my first priority is mastering frequent (every few rows or so) yarn changes. Whether I’m changing colors, or just alternating hand-dyed yarns of the same colorway, my changes are sloppy, no matter what I do. I don’t feel like this should be so hard, so I’ve got to experiment and lick this once and for all!

  22. I always tell people to be fearless, jump right in. I “ignorantly” jumped into both lace and colorwork the first year I started knitting and I learned so much. I’m just starting my first amigurumi today. Hope I win………PICKMEPICKMEPICKMEPICKMEPICKMEPICKMEPICKME :o)

  23. i still want to conquer charts. there are some really neat Japanese patterns out there and most of them have charts. also, i spin and need to figure out Navajo plying, i tried it once but my yarn kept breaking! i guess it wasn’t tightly spun enough?? oh! also, knitting or crocheting several massive thread tablecloths are on my to-do-someday list lol

  24. I would love to increase my crochet skills. Knitting is my go-to comfort activity, but I know there are lots of wonderful projects I would like to master that are crocheted. KALs help me know about new techniques so just keeping up with those are fun, too. Thanks for asking!

  25. Definitely need to try double-knitting this year, thinking about trying intarsia too! Reading all these posts is giving me great ideas….

  26. Hmmm… I just finished my first Estonian Lace Shawl — does that count? It’s such a beauty!

    Next in the queue are some Saami mittens. The Saami are the reindeer herders from the very North of the Nordic countries.

  27. I would love to knit colorwork. I have made some hats with colorchange( is this the same as Intarsia) and well the knitting was tight, very tight so that the hat had a diffrent form altogether- But it is being worn <:-) Entrelac is another skill on my bucket list. Sweaters and more sweaters.
    I find myself kntting ,more and more difficult sock patters. Love making socks- Project travels well good for airprot sitting.
    Well those are my wants and desires. See you in April. I have a new niece I am coming for a couple of baby patterns and yarn for hubby a vest!

    Happy Knitting!

  28. I love the look of colorwork…I just need to feel more confident knitting it so it’s more enjoyable!

  29. Would really like to learn to do Continental knitting. I knit very, very slow and think if I could do Continental I could go much quicker.

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