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Knit camBRDIGE

knitting sampler

This September, Sue Sturdy will be yarnbombing 1 the Main Street Bridge in Cambridge.

This is all kinds of cool, and earlier this spring, she put a call out, asking for knit contributions to use for the installation. Yay for community involvement!

Now, I’ve been crocheting, badly, for 4 years now, but I confess it — I’ve got serious knit-envy. I love the texture of the fabric.2 I love the clicking sound of the needles. All the good patterns on ravelry are for knitting.

And Sue’s project was the perfect gateway drug. Any size piece would do, knit with any type of yarn, any pattern of stitching, and it would be oh-so-forgiving of mistakes. But unlike endless practice swatches, there was still a goal-oriented; there was a tangible reason to pick it up and keep working, and more importantly, a deadline to meet.


This piece started off as ribbing sampler from Fearless Knitting Workbook, by Jennifer E. Seiffert.3 Ribbing gets boring pretty quickly, though, so I started to improvise.

Before this piece, I could

  • cast on, poorly
  • knit stitch in a comfortable position

and that’s about it.

With this piece, I’ve learned how to

  • cast on with a long tale (and measure that long tale with reasonable accuracy)
  • purl, with reasonable comfort
  • read a pattern
  • count my stitches
  • read my stitches, so that I don’t have to count them
  • predict how a particular combination of knitting and purling will effect the texture, gauge, and elasticity of the fabric (i.e., vertical and horizontal ribbing, basket weave, and why stockinette makes such a lousy edge)
  • tink4 stitches, when I’ve made a mistake
  • pick up stitches, when I’ve dropped one (but not if its run more than 1 or 2 rows)
  • bind off
  • block

So that’s me knitting!

  1. Does it count as yarnbombing when the city endorses you?

  2. Not garter stitch, mind you. That’s just ugly.

  3. A book I highly recommend for anyone just starting to knit. This book, explained better than any other resource, exactly how stitches fit together in 3 dimensional space.

  4. Reverse knit. This is different from “frogging”, or just ripping out stitches, because as you undo your work, everything stays on the needle.