I decided to make more dishcloths. I love to use these dishcloths and this was the perfect project for me right now. I use the directions for one called Grandmothers Favorite. The website is called Knitting Pattern Central and has lots and lots of free knitting patterns all types.
It had been so long since I have knitted anything I couldn't even remember how to cast on and then after I finished it I couldn't remember how to cast off. Luckily I had a fabulous website (knittinghelp.com) bookmarked to give me a memory boost. I used this website to help learn to knit even though my niece taught me the basics. For one thing, this web page has wonderful short videos on the different stitches. The videos show the English method of knitting which most American's use...this one you throw the yarn over the needle with the right hand, and the Continental method which picks up the yarn that is held with the left hand. The Continental method reminds me more of crochet and for me being left handed it just was much more natural feeling so taught myself that method and that is the one I use.
I would recommend the Knitting Help free web videos to anyone wanting to learn to knit. They are very easy to see what to do and you can play them over and over until you get it or to refresh your memory as I needed this time.
I like to use the circular needles when I knit instead of the straight kind as I was always hitting the sides of my chair with the straight ones and the circular ones are more compact and I don't have that problem.
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I made one change in the pattern though. I like a larger dishcloth so I knit rows until I have 50 stitches on the needles before I start decreasing. The pattern says to increase until you have 44 stitches. I use a size 7 circular needles that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I like the narrow tips on the end of these particular needles. I use the Sugar and Cream yarn an inexpensive cotton yarn that makes great dishcloths. That is pretty much it - I do use a large eyed needle to weave the tails back into the previous knitting at the start and finish.