Cum sa incepi sa tricotezi (si sa inveti sa-l iubesti) (Publicat 2018)

Cand oamenii afla ca sunt tricotat, au una dintre mai multe reactii: „Hei, asa sunt si eu!” „Misto, imi vei face un pulover?” sau, de departe, cel mai frecvent, „Oh, da, am invatat o data, dar am fost teribil si m-am oprit”.

Tricotez de peste 20 de ani si invat prieteni, colegi si straini de aproximativ 10. Face parte din ceea ce sunt si asa am inteles lumea. Am scris chiar o carte despre asta.

Cu toate acestea, atunci cand aud ultimul raspuns, incerc sa nu mai vorbesc despre cat de linistitoare si ancorata este tricotatul si nici nu scot statistici despre modul in care s-a dovedit ca lucrul cu acul reduce hormonii stresului sau cum poate ajuta la lovirea dependentei si chiar pot preveni pierderea memoriei la nivel scazut.

Cu toate acestea, vreau sa risipesc ideea ca unii oameni nu sunt „vicleni” si, prin urmare, nu pot tricota. Oricine poate! Nu este nevoie de o gena speciala de artizanat si nu aveti nevoie de dexteritate supraomeneasca (sau chiar de multa rabdare). Trebuie doar sa urmati cateva reguli de baza si, cel mai important, trebuie sa le doriti.

Suna … simplu. Deci, de ce renunta atat de multi oameni?

Cine stie cu adevarat! Oamenii au renuntat la multe lucruri din multe motive. Acestea fiind spuse, exista cateva greseli obisnuite, usor de evitat, care fac ca noile tricotat (si profesorii lor) sa se impiedice.

Cultura pop si intelepciunea generala va vor spune ca primul dvs. proiect ar trebui sa fie o esarfa. Nu face asta! Esarfele dureaza pentru totdeauna sa termine, arata erori foarte evident si, mai ales, nimeni nu isi doreste cu adevarat una. Pentru o multime de oameni care au renuntat devreme, „am renuntat la tricotat” inseamna de fapt „am renuntat la tricotarea unei esarfe pe care am ajuns sa o urasc”.

In schimb, dupa ce ati insusit elementele de baza pentru tricotat – nu va faceti griji, vom ajunge la asta – incercati mana la o palarie. Dureaza mult mai putin timp, greselile sunt mult mai putin evidente, iar palariile sunt iubite de toti cei care au cap. Sunt mai complicate, dar asta inseamna ca veti afla mai multe despre primul dvs. tur real.

Un alt motiv pentru care noile tricotatre renunta este ca proiectele pot continua uneori, asa ca incercati sa va acordati un termen limita pentru primul dvs.: poate ca veti dori sa purtati obiectul completat intr-o calatorie viitoare sau sa il dati cuiva pentru ziua lor.

In cele din urma, acceptati ca este OK sa fiti rau la ceva cand incepeti pentru prima data. Ca adulti, incercam atat de rar lucruri pe care nu le-am mai experimentat pana acum si exista cu adevarat ceva eliberator in supt timp de o saptamana sau doua inainte de a obtine in cele din urma.

Cum sa incepeti cu materialele

Mai intai, familiarizati-va cu magazinul local de fire (LYS-ul dvs.). Magazinele mai mici si independente tind sa fie mai personale – desi in general mai scumpe – in timp ce magazinele mari ca Michaels si JOANN sunt adesea mai putin costisitoare si mai putin intime.

Daca accesul la o locatie fizica nu este o optiune, puteti comanda materialele dvs. dintr-un magazin online, cum ar fi WEBS, care stocheaza o varietate enorma de fire, ace si notiuni la toate preturile sau Knitpicks, care poarta propriile marci de casa la preturi accesibile. . Daca este posibil, atingeti-va firul inainte de a-l cumpara, pentru ca nu numai ca veti petrece o cantitate excesiva de timp cu el, ci veti dori si sa va place produsul final.

Pentru primele cateva proiecte, in general, veti dori fire de greutate medie, cunoscute sub denumirea de pieptanate – nu la fel de subtiri ca ata dentara si nici groase ca franghia – si asigurati-va ca ati citit eticheta pentru a afla ce dimensiuni ar trebui sa cumparati ace pentru a merge impreuna cu el (in general, dimensiunile 6-9). Nu va faceti griji prea mult pentru primele voastre ace; dimensiunea este importanta si din ce sunt facute (bambus, aluminiu, plastic) si aspectul lor (drept versus circular) este mai mult o chestiune de preferinta decat orice altceva.

Imagine

Credit … Kyle Dorosz pentru The New York Times

Ai toate lucrurile tale. Acum ce?

Este timpul sa va dati seama ce fel de elev sunteti. splice.com

Daca invatati cel mai bine intr-un cadru personal sau de grup si nu va deranjeaza sa cheltuiti ceva timp si bani, contactati LYS pentru a afla cand si cum ii invata pe incepatori. Uneori, pretul admiterii este doar cumpararea materialelor acolo si, de multe ori, este mai mult pentru cursuri mai lungi si mai intensive.

O multime de biblioteci locale, institutii religioase si unitati de tip YMCA ofera grupuri de tricotat, iar bazele de date online, cum ar fi Meetup.



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com, pot fi o modalitate excelenta de a gasi cercuri sau chiar doar profesori din zona dvs. Si daca inveti cel mai bine unul la unu, gaseste un prieten, un membru al familiei, un vecin sau un membru al unui grup comunitar care este dispus sa treaca cu notiunile de baza cu tine.

If you prefer to learn on your own and you’re willing to invest some cash, check out a fee-based online course like those offered by Craftsy, which provides video tutorials and step-by-step instructions for students of all levels. You can preview each instructor’s videos to see if you like their vibe, their speed and their voice — an important thing, especially because you’ll have to rewind at least a few times before you get the steps down.

If you prefer to learn from a book, I recommend “Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook” by Debbie Stoller; this is the book that taught me everything my grandma didn’t, from seaming to sweaters, and it’s all written out in simple, easy-to-understand language.

Finally, you can buy preassembled kits of materials that come with directions for beginners. I like the ones sold by We Are Knitters, but fair warning: Kits like these can cost more than it would be to buy the materials a la carte. Still, they’re designed to go along with their accompanying pattern, and the quality is generally high.

If you’re not willing or able to spend money, there are plenty of free online resources, although without some structure or oversight, the risk of quitting can increase. The videos from KnittingHelp.com are clear and well-paced, and I often send students there when they panic in the middle of the night and text me asking how to pick up a dropped stitch. As with Craftsy, it might take some digging around to find an instructor that you really like.

Time to sit down and get started

Congratulations: You’re ready to knit!

Block out a chunk of time in your schedule to put some initial time into whichever learning method you prefer. It should be at least a couple of hours with minimal interruptions at first (although soon you should be able to knit and listen to a podcast or watch TV). When you’re first starting out, try to do multiple sessions in a short time period — a good beginner’s pace is about three times per week.

Give yourself time to learn the following techniques: casting on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch, decreasing, increasing and casting off. Each of these will take some trial and error, but once you know them, you’ll be able to make most beginner patterns. (And don’t forget to take breaks to stretch your hands.)

Once you’re comfortably underway and looking for inspiration, sign up for an account on Ravelry. It’s a knitting social network with 5 million users (including me). There are also phenomenal (and often free) patterns, sortable by difficulty and popularity; a full database of yarn; forums to help new and experienced knitters alike; and galleries of other users’ projects, modifications, triumphs and failures. Ravelry is also the perfect place to show off your own work, as is Instagram and Facebook.

Now get to it, and enjoy your new favorite hobby! The best part of knitting isn’t what you make by yourself, but how it ties you to other people. So please feel free to email me with questions, frustrations, brags and anything, or find me on Twitter at @alanna and on Instagram at alannabean (where you can also take a look at a bunch of my craft projects).

Common but weird knitting terms to know

LYS: Abbreviation of “local yarn store.” Fair warning: some LYSes can keep strange hours, so it’s best to call before stopping by for the first time.

U.F.O.: Unfinished object. Some projects are destined to be UFOs forever, lying around half-knitted until you finally decide to frog them.

Frogging: Giving up on a project and ripping out the stitches. So named because the sound it makes, supposedly, is “rip-it rip-it rip-it.”

DPNs: Double-pointed needles. These are what you’ll use to knit round items with small circumferences, like sleeves and socks, but don’t worry about them right now — they’re often daunting to beginners because you need to work with four or five at a time. You’ll get there eventually.

Casting on: Getting the first row of stitches onto the needle. www.bitsdujour.com Sometimes trickier to learn than knitting itself.

Casting off: When you’ve finally, blessedly reached the end, and you have to get the stitches off the needle such that they don’t immediately unravel.

Blocking: The step that comes after finishing a project when you steam, dampen or gently manipulate the fabric so that it assumes the shape and drape you’d like it to.

Gauge swatching: The step that comes before starting a project during which you knit a small bit of fabric with the needles and yarn you plan to use in order to calculate exactly how many stitches per inch you’re getting, since it can vary so much from person to person.