My Frist projects ever.

Hi guys,

It's my birthday today, so I figured I'd finally introduce myself and post my projects.

I never knit before. My friend bobinthebull came for a visit and goaded me into starting. After knitting 3 inches of a scarf in garter stitch, i figured i'd better figure out what this 'purl' thing was about. Wow - it created 'stockinette'! A few more rows of that and I got bored and needed to do something with a pattern.

Without knowing what I was getting into, I started to replicate a traditional legging of the Sarakatsans of northern Greece. They knit in the round, but I wasn't up to it yet so I knit this first piece flat.

Finishing that, I started a sock. You can see the front and back in the 3rd picture. I haven't finished with the leg yet. 'Picking up' stitches does not seem fun at all..... There were some other issues too....

I am currently working on and almost finished with the second legging, but this time I figured I'd get a grip on circular knitting, and do it in the round (DPNs)

Once this is done I think I am moving on to 3 color leggings. Who knows.

Thanks for listening and looking. I'd love to hear from other stranders, as well as if anyone is doing knitting over the neck ( i.e. what seems to be called 'Portuguese' style, although it is done all over the Balkans, Mediterranean and Middle East that way).

Anyone in the NYC area??


Bill's picture

Those are wonderful!
...Bob is a good teacher!

bobinthebul's picture

Ha, I'd love to honestly be able to take credit for it!

bobinthebul's picture

Gaia sta xeria sou paidi mou! Ya did me proud!

cacunn's picture

Very good. If this is where you start it is going to be interesting to see where you go from hear.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Wonderful knitting, Demetri. It looks like you've been knitting for years...great start.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Kerry's picture

Happy birthday Demetri. Your projects are amazing and beautiful for a new knitter. I've had the book"Fancy Feet" for years but still haven't knitted a sock in the Turkish style, although I have used the colourful designs in a regular sock which is still unfinished.

CLABBERS's picture

Welcome, Demetri.
Your work is amazing. I am relatively new to knitting as well, but even after 15 months, I'm no where near your skill level. What's your secret?

scottly's picture

Wow, you're a natural! Welcome to MWK, I can't wait to see what other stuff you come up with.

steve kadel's picture

Welcome and wow

we put birds on things

chipsir's picture

Yes Happy Birthday!!!! and welcome to MWK. Your work is amazing. I had been knitting for years before I tackled stranded work and knitting with 4 needles. Stranding is now one of my favourite styles of knitting. I also enjoy double knitting which is similar to stranding. I look forward more of your work.

Sara Katsan's picture

thanks. stranding definitely calls to me!
i have read about double knitting, but am not sure i've seen any. it sounds interesting. when i was weaving, i liked to do some double-weave. it sounds similar - making both sides the 'right' side.
so is it like a flattened circularly knit tube( or the top and bottom of a sock), or are there stitches which carry on both sides anchoring them together?

JDM511's picture

WOW!!! incredible first projects

PaulKnittingNow's picture

wow! absolutely wonderful. where did you get the pattern? I love it!

Sara Katsan's picture

thanks paul.

the pattern(s) are all traditional Sarakatsan* knit-work. I am actually helping a friend to put out a book of these patterns. they really intrigue me. if you are interested, i can let you know when it is available.

* a group of formerly transhumant of shepherds of (mainly) Greece. The women did some insane knitting. Their work is the reason i started to and want to knit at all...

SimonWales's picture

Wow - now that's what I call a natural knitter - wonderful results.

Sara Katsan's picture