Hi crafty Dopers,
I can cast on; I can cast off. I can perform both knit and purl stitches. I vaguely understand the mechanics of yarn forward, and the reduce (reduce?) thingy when you stitch two stitches together. But for the life of me, I can’t knit. I could maybe do you a scarf. Maybe. With those massive one inch diameter needles, so it only takes a few hours and I don’t get bored. Provided I have some lovely, lovely yarn.
What am I missing? Why can’t I follow a knitting pattern to save my life? Can anyone recommend a book/website/technique that will, once and for all, lodge this in my brain? One of my old housemates was a textile artist, and, bless, tried her hardest to educate me. (She did almost suceed in teaching me to crochet - but, similarly, I’ve got the basic crochet steps down, but trying to decipher instructions? Nah.)
I’m going to the 130th National Sheep and Wool Show this weekend, and I intend to buy yarn with my tax return. Can you save it from languishing in my yarn bag for all eternity? Or, worse, becoming another ugly, lumpy scarf?