Pattern testing and circular knitting needles

Posted by on May 23, 2012 at 7:07 am.

Circular knitting needles

I guess I can’t get enough of testing crochet patterns….

A few days ago, I accepted two additional pattern tests…

I figure, why not? I already try to crochet daily, even if it’s just a few rows. The more I crochet, the better my crochet skills will become. Testing out a crochet pattern gives me the practice I need to improve, while allowing me to crochet a pattern that I like. And… it also exposes me to different ways that a pattern can be written. Think about it, do you really think that all designers will write their patterns the same way?

I haven’t started on the crochet patterns…yet, but I will within the next few days. Being that they are simple, I should have them complete within one sitting. The longest a slouchy hat, which I’m claiming for myself, should only take two hours to make.

Picking up my knitting needles

In a recent post, I mentioned that I’d been thinking about knitting. I do adore handmade socks. I’ve made a few for myself, and have been gifted with some others by a dear friend that has deemed me “knit worthy” I cherish the few hand-knitted socks I have. However, I’ve been hesitating making them. It’s been a long time since I’ve done that, and it means relearning how to make them. But, I feel that my upcoming vacation will be a great time to relearn how to knit socks.

With that in mind, I’m stopping by A.C. Moore, once I drop my daughter off at school. I’ll be using their 40% coupon, and choosing some circular knitting needles. Circular needles are new to myself. I’ve never worked with them before, and have always favored the traditional or double pointed needles, but I’m fascinated with circular needles since knitting with them shouldn’t leave a seam.

But I have to admit, the real reason for having knitting on the brain recently, is that I want to incorporate knitting into some of my crochet ideas. I have a few additional ideas for an crocheted amigurumi doll, but some of those ideas require that knitting is added too.

17 Comments

  • DragonLady says:

    Knitting intimidates me greatly. 🙂
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @DragonLady, Quite a lot can be accomplished, if we set realistic goals. Even things that are intimidating… baby steps. 😉
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  • Teeni says:

    Knitting on circulars may be something you end up really liking. It is actually a lot like crocheting in the round when you make amigurumis. At least that is most likely how it would be for sock making. Of course you could also try the making two at a time socks on the circulars but that would be a little different – it makes sense when you see videos. Regardless, you know I am looking forward to seeing your own patterns! I wonder what is going on in that head of yours. 🙂
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Teeni, I’m looking forward to trying it out. I’ve been giving circular knitting needles a test run, and it’s not as “hard” as when I first started using them yesterday. I’ve crocheted a little, but my main focus has been knitting, just to get comfortable with them. I most likely will do a simple circular project; perhaps a hat? Then, after I’m comfortable with knitting on circulars in the round, I’ll move on to socks. Surely, it has to be easier than all the needles I was using to make them 😉
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  • Teeni says:

    I have to agree with you about circulars being easier than all those double pointed needles, but there are some who prefer the double pointed needles too. I guess it is what they became most comfortable with and you know how must of us humans are about change. LOL.
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    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Teeni, Oh you’ll always have preferences, that’s what makes the world so interesting; freedom to choose. Although I’m not as comfortable with circulars at the moment, I do believe I’ll end up liking them a lot. Which is why I’m insistent on using them. 😉

    I was never fond of using the double pointed knitting needles. That’s just another way for me to get stabbed! Ok… that never happened, but that didn’t stop me from thinking it might, lol.
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