Want to learn new mad knitting skills

Hello fellow knitter! I'm super excited that I found this website and don't know why I didn't think to google "Men who knit" ages ago! Alas, I found the site and happy to be apart of this community. I'm posting in beginners because I've been knitting for a while now but its never really extended beyond dish cloths and slippers. I'm totally bored with that and want to learn new mad knitting skills and step up my game. I know its ambitious but I'd really like to tackle a king size blanket. I thought about using Herringbone Stitch to do this. But I admit I'm totally at a loss really of how to tackle this. Every website that I search seems to say something just a little bit different. So I turn you guys to seek out some advice.

Thunderhorse54's picture

Welcome to the madhouse!!!! Ask away for whatever you may need. There is a great group of guys here!

Crafty Andy's picture

Welcome to the site. Another site that you may want to join is Ravelry.com We have a presence there as well, and look at mensknittingretreat.com . Blankets there are plenty to choose from, it depends on you.

michaelpthompson's picture

I haven't done herringbone, so I can't help you there, but welcome to the group.

"All knitting is just one stitch at a time."

SAPBrown's picture

Did one flat piece (butcher's coton, hotpad) with a herringbone stitch:

K side:
K2tog throught the back, drop only 1, knit remaining stitch tog with next stitch, drop only 1, repeat

P side:
P2 tog (through front) drop only 1, P remaining st with next (P2 tog) drop only 1, repeat

Forms a stiff, thick, fabric

Tom Hart's picture

Welcome to the group, Kristopher. A great way to expand your knitting consciousness is to join a knitting group. Google "knitting groups in Montreal, Canada" and see what you get. Look on Ravelry to see if there's a Montreal knitters group. Regularly hanging out with other knitters once a week for two hours is beyond rewarding. Look around, find a group you like and knit with them. You'll learn a LOT. Knitting groups will frequently meet in cafes or some such venue for a couple of hours once a week. My experience is that they are very much worth the time especially for a beginner. I am the least experienced knitter in my group. I just started making a sweater. I've never made one before. Any question or problem I will have with this project, I know I will be able to take to the group and get the answer. It's like a free knitting university. You'll meet people in knitting groups that you'd never in a million years have known otherwise. If you really want to step up your game, find a knitting group you like and start hanging out and knitting. Also just keep tuned in here as well. This is an amazing group of knitters and an amazing group of guys. Reading the posts regularly is a good way to see what other men who knits are doing all over the world. It's pretty amazing.

tomanyt's picture

Hi. Welcome first and foremost. May I suggest youtube videos. I find them extremely useful if I am having difficulty understanding a stitch or technique. This site and certainly knitting groups and your local yarn shop are a good outlet. Best of luck.

MMario's picture

Ask five knitters how to do something and you will probably get seven (or more) answers....

Bu tit's fun to explore the possibilities.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

WillyG's picture

Welcome! What they said. There are so many friggin options these days!

I've certainly learned in dibs and dabs along the way. At one point I had to put two or three books side by side to figure out what I was doing wrong, but that's how I got started. Ravelry has been a boon to me, and YouTube has been great for showing me new techniques; as has been said, everyone has their own way of doing things, and both of these resources will prove that.

One other possibility worth considering, if you don't mind spending a bit of money, is to buy a DVD such as Lucy Neatby offers (check out lucyneatby.com). I have Elizabeth Zimmermann's Knitting Glossary (a DVD, though it always sounds to me like a book) and it is full of top-notch information and good demonstrations. If you go this route, I don't think you will be disappointed. I've been knitting hardcore for a solid decade and would still jump at the chance to get any of Lucy's DVDs. If you're unsure, I believe you can find her on YouTube. Cat Bordhi is on there too, though she is perhaps a better resort if you are having trouble getting things to work right; she tends to think outside the box. Waaay outside the box. That's how she rolls, and if that appeals to you, she will be a boon.

Good luck!

WillyG's picture

Oy. MMario is totally right. Heck, I'll give all seven answers.

The way I've learned is by doing a lot of smaller projects, such as Jared Flood's designs. If you can find a well-written pattern (Jared Flood), you can try out a few new techniques with some guidance. I have knit a herringbone neckwarmer, and it was a bit tricky to learn at first, but the smaller item would give you the chance to decide if you're gonna love miles of it in a blanket.

For herringbone, here's a page with a link both to a neckwarmer pattern, as well as a technique video. The guy who made both owns a great yarn shop in Philly.


IDV8's picture

Thanks everyone for the warm welcome :) As I said before, its really awesome to be part of this online community. Really looking forward to learning a few new things and getting to know some other knitters!

I ended up deciding to go with the basic Cabin Blanket pattern. Just going to make adjustments for a King Size bed. :P Risky business jumping out on my own (half using a pattern) but I'm willing to venture the road and see what my needles can't spit out. At the end of the day, the worst case scenario is that I've gained a bit more experience. I'm near done the first square and when its complete will post a photo. :)

Happy Knitting!!

- IDV8