My first project...

I am very excited about learning to knit. I love to learn new things especially when it is something that will benefit my family. I just started my first project yesterday, I attached a photo of what I have done so far. It is hopefully going to be a scarf for my wife. I have started over about 8-10 times but finally seem to have the hang of it. I have learned the stitches that I am using from videos online. I am trying to teach myself via the internet. It is fun but can be a little frustrating at times as well.

I am determined to learn and look forward completing this gift for my wife and then begin on things for my kids. My 4 year old son wants slippers and a hat. My 7 year old daughter wants a hat, gloves, fingerless gloves, scarf, slippers, and a sweater. I think I may be busy. I also want to make myself a hat and scarf. I found a pattern online that I want to use for that. I also would like some slippers for the winter.

The orders are piling I just need some skill, LOL!

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bmbdcj's picture

Looks good...keep up the great work!


akkamaddi's picture

Very nice!
Great colors on the yarn. What is it?

MMario's picture

Remember - It's one stitch at a time. And you can always pop in here ans ask questions.

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

andyz280f's picture

Love the color. I made a pair of socks one time with that color. Good job so far.

Thank you!

BrentGC's picture

Looks great!!! I'm a newbie knitter, having started on round looms, and progressed to needle knitting. I'm working on two different projects at the moment. Keep up the nice work!


P.S. This group is GREAT for assistance!!

Cool! I lookfard to expanding my projects and completing one. I can't wait to finish my 1st!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice start! As MMario said, it's only one stitch at a time. Be patient with yourself and soon you'll be looking for things to knit beyond your already sizeable "wish list."

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

I look forward to filling and adding to the list. It really is one stitch at a time, nice easy focused pace or else disaster, lol! It is easy to go astray if I'm not paying full attention. Thank you!

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

"It is easy to go astray if I'm not paying full attention." That is SO true, regardless of the amount of experience you have. Luckily, I usually catch it fairly quickly. If not, the question is - "Do I let it slide, or rip?"

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

Kerry's picture

Welcome to Men Who Knit, and good luck with your new hobby which has become almost an addiction to some of us :)

I already am beginning to see why. Thank you!

clneeley's picture

Great start!

Thank you very much!

Tom Hart's picture

Looking good, Matthew. I think you're on your way.

Kerry wasn't just whistling Dixie when he said that knitting can become an addiction. I learned to knit only 26 months ago and I knit everywhere now. On the bus. At work on breaks. While visiting with friends. I'm an ex-smoker and I'm beginning to see that knitting is a little like having a cigarette for me. It's instantly calming and centering. And it's also so much more than that too, of course, unlike cigarettes ever were.

I wish you all the best with it!

Thank you. It is relaxing and I look forward to expanding my skills. I am currently a closet knitter, lol, but look forward to people's reaction watching me, a 6'2" 225 lb man, knitting in the local coffee house, lol!

I am Irish and Scottish and am very into my families culture, I was very happy to read in the history of knitting how the sheep herders of Ireland and Scotland, who were male, would knit clothing etc. For their families as the watched over their flocks.

I'm looking forward to many creations!

TheKnittingMill's picture

I'm the same exact size Matt and I get funny looks quite often, but mostly people are nice and inquisitive. Your scarf is looking great. I'm also completely self taught from books and the internet. I never would have imagined I'd be where I am 5 years later. Good luck and keep up the good work! Have you joined Ravelry yet? It's a fantastic resource!

CLABBERS's picture

Congratulations on a great start. I started knitting just a little over a year ago and love it. I made scarves, hats, and cowls and found it very therapeutic, and the items keep you warm in the winter. The cowls are fun because they are a like a scarf that is done like a hat without the decrease. I have made three and they are great to get your tension consistent, something with which I struggled at first.

A year later now and I am almost done with my first afghan and am happy with a scarf that I designed and am finishing up for my son and myself. I usually have a few projects going at the same time so I can do simple things on those days when life has been a bit too stressful. Washcloths are a great thing to work up in an evening or two and they prove very handy around the house.

Welcome to this great craft. You'll love the guys on this site. I learned by watching the videos on YouTube and found most of them very helpful. Don't forget to post more as you make progress.


Thank you. I will keep everyone up to date. My "adopted" Grandmother gave me some knitted slippers to try and follow as a patter that she made. I think that will be my next project, or maybe even start it this weekend and have 2 going at once, I getting brave now, lol!

I am surprised how much I am enjoying knitting, I am very surprised how relaxing it is.

It is so great that this site is here and everyone has been very encouraging and so helpful. Knitting Men Unite! LOL!