I Hate Casting On!

So, I’m re-learning the basics so that I can move on and learn new things. I’ve always been more comfortable crocheting than knitting, so I figured it was time to move beyond my comfort zone.

For some reason, I find casting on extremely hard. I’m not sure why. But it’s a major pain in the ass.

I’d practiced on some patches a few days ago, and thought I was ready for a checkerboard pattern — but there’s too much math involved for me right now, since I’m still struggling to get the basic stitches back.

Instead, I’m doing a couple of complete small projects in basic stitches. For instance, I’m doing a scarf in the basic garter stitch. And then I’ll do another small project in a stockinette stitch. And THEN, I’ll go back and try the checkerboard.

Baby steps, baby steps.

I’m working on the scarf in the garter stitch now — it’s a dark blue with one strand of lighter blue within the yarn, giving it a nice, textured effect.

Once I got the first few rows done (I had to cast on SIX times before I got it right), I got into the rhythm of it.

In fact, I find I can work out plot points as I knit (as long as there’s no counting involved).

It adds a useful new dimension to “multi-tasking”.

Oh, and Elsa, my tortoiseshell cat, “helped”.



  1. Anita said,

    May 10, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    My first project was a garter stitch scarf too! It’s a great way to get your fingers used to the movements and rhythm. I had a really hard time with purling, but at some point it just clicked. Well, it clicked after watching the purling video on this site: http://www.knittinghelp.com/ It was (and continues to be) a tremendous help!

    Will you be posting pictures of your projects here? I hope so, because I’d love to see them!

    Oh, and you are so right about being able to work out plot points while knitting. There is something about doing something creative with your hands that makes the rest of your creative muscles work too. I’ve come up with several ideas while knitting!

  2. May 10, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    Hey – have you tried crochet cast-on? It’s so much easier – it’s all I use now. If you can’t find the directions on the internet, I’ll try to help you out! You can e-mail me if you like!

  3. colorstrung said,

    May 11, 2007 at 11:59 am

    Soon it will become second nature to you. Just keep practicing…. Wish I had some advice about cats that “help” though. My cats like to “help” way too much. Only makes difficult tasks even more difficult.

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