So learning to knit (again? I did once learn as a child, but not very well and I quickly abandoned the knowledge) has been disheartening because I am so incompetent. I cannot visualise the final product. I don't realise I've made a mistake while the stitiches are still on the needle. I am a slave to the pattern and my instruction books.
I decided to learn to knit again for two reasons. The first is, as I'm sure many of you are aware by now, that I'm a craft junkie. I like expanding my range of techniques. So 'learn to knit' had been on my to-do list for a few years. What spurred it in particular was a collar pattern from a magazine, that combines 2x2 knit rib for the collar and stand with crochet for the base. I have no idea how, where, or with what I will wear this collar, but I fell in love with the look of it.
2x2 rib involves knit 2 purl 2 and then on the next row knitting into the purl stitches and purling into the knit stitches. As long as you are keeping track at the start of a row, the rest falls into an easy pattern. I'm not convinced my tension is going well (I think my stitches are a little looser on the actual thing than the gauge swatch, not sure why) and I've made a few little mistakes. The biggy was messing up something and doing 2 whole rows off-kilter, which messed up the ribbing (ie I did one row of knit into knit, purl into purl, so sort of 'reversed' the rib). I didn't notice until I'd done two rows because, as mentioned, I'm not reading the yarn like I would with crochet. Still, I pulled out those rows and sucessfully picked up the loops to start again, following the instructions in my reader's digest complete guide to needlework. I appear to have salvaged that situation, but the stupid thing is I suspect I won't know until I've done another two rows and they've turned out correctly. Ripping out stitches and starting again is much harder in knitting than crochet - at least in crochet you only have one stitch on the hook at a time. (Usually, of course. There are exceptions, but I can and will generalise).
I've done maybe two inches so far, and I need to get to 4 and a half before I can bind off and start the crochet section.
It could take a while :)