I'm basically a beginner to knitting but am really enjoying it. One of my issues with any craft is to find a way of making practical things, not just pretty things that will sit on a dresser or hang on a wall.
Because I wanted to try circular knitting, I skipped socks and went to toques/hats. I did two from crappy yarn, and then switched to cotton, for some reason, and in the process started out with two colors. The knitters around me said it was fairly ambitious for a beginner, but this aspect seems to come naturally, to a point.
I've started my next hat - the ribbing is finished, and the beginning of the top, but I want to start a pattern now, and am having trouble deciding what to do.
There are 112 stitches to a row, so I can do any pattern that fits into any combination of 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 7. A 7-count pattern is possible, and so is a 14-count pattern. The question is, where do I go to find sample patterns for various stitch counts?
I saw a book on line - "200 Fair Isle Motifs: A Knitter's Directory" by Mary Jane Mucklestone. It looks like what I'm searching for, but I can't seem to find anything else very easily? Any tips?
I have some books of repetitive patterns for cross-stitching - I'll have a look there, too.
I'll put up a pic of my first two hats soon.