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I have just been reading At Knits End by the Yarnharlot. In it she talks about meeting someone who had been knitting for over 60 years and how she thought she’d learn a lot from this experienced knitter. Only it turned out that the very experienced knitter was very good at a very limited range of things.

This was me 12 months ago. I had been knitting for over 25 years but I’d been mainly tackling colourwork sweaters for various sizes of people. The internet has opened my eyes to the wonders of what is out there and discovering there is so much more to learn.

So in the spirit of one of those “How much of  gourmet are you lists” I give you the Knitting Skills List which comes courtesty of Nana Mary who posted it on Ravelery and on her website – in bold are things I’ve tried, italics are things I have no intention of ever doing…

Afghan/BlanketAfghan

I-cord

Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire

Shawl

Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn

Mittens: Cuff-up

Mittens: Tip-down

Hat

Knitting with silk

Moebius band knitting

Participating in a KAL

Sweater

Drop stitch patterns

Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn

Slip stitch patterns

Knitting with banana fiber yarn

Domino knitting (modular knitting)

Twisted stitch patterns

Knitting with bamboo yarn

Two end knitting

Charity knitting

Knitting with soy yarn

Cardigan

Toy/doll clothing

Knitting with circular needles

Knitting with your own handspun yarn

Slippers

Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)

Continental Knitting

Designing knitted garments

Cable stitch patterns

Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book

Scarf

American/English knitting

Knitting to make money

Button holes

Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting

Norwegian knitting

Dying with plant colors

Knitting items for a wedding

Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies)

Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars

Olympic knitting (albeit unsuccessful)

Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn

Knitting with DPNs

Holiday related knitting

Teaching a male how to knit

Bobbles

Knitting for a living

Knitting with cotton

Knitting smocking

Dying yarn

Steek

Knitting art

Fulling/felting

Knitting with wool

Textured knitting

Kitchener BO – not very well

Purses/bags

Knitting with beads

Swatching

Long Tail CO

Entrelac

Knitting and purling backwards

Machine knitting

Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn

Stuffed toys

Baby items

Knitting with cashmere

Darning

Jewelry

Knitting with synthetic yarn

Writing a pattern

Gloves

Intarsia

Knitting with linen

Knitting for preemies

Tubular CO

Freeform knitting

Short rows

Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers

Pillows

Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine

Rug

Knitting on a loom

Thrummed knitting

Knitting a gift

Knitting for pets

Shrug/bolero/poncho

Knitting with dog/cat hair

Hair accessories

Knitting in public

Still a lot to do…

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Author: 5currantbuns

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