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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…



Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire


Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn

Mittens: Cuff-up

Mittens: Tip-down


Knitting with silk

Moebius band knitting

Participating in a KAL


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


Toy/doll clothing

Knitting with circular needles

Knitting with your own handspun yarn


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


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


Knitting for a living

Knitting with cotton

Knitting smocking

Dying yarn


Knitting art


Knitting with wool

Textured knitting

Kitchener BO – not very well


Knitting with beads


Long Tail CO


Knitting and purling backwards

Machine knitting

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

Stuffed toys

Baby items

Knitting with cashmere



Knitting with synthetic yarn

Writing a pattern



Knitting with linen

Knitting for preemies

Tubular CO

Freeform knitting

Short rows

Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers


Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine


Knitting on a loom

Thrummed knitting

Knitting a gift

Knitting for pets


Knitting with dog/cat hair

Hair accessories

Knitting in public

Still a lot to do…


Author: 5currantbuns

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