To gain skill in just the physical stitch making in knitting, I started the Irish Hiking Scarf. I did not plan ahead well, so I have paused the project until I find some more matching yarn or decide how to proceed. That pattern didn't teach me much - I already knew the difference between knit and pearl and I know how to make a cable. Still, the practice of making stitches was good.
To really add skill, I wanted something with increments and decrements. I found at pattern that claims to be "the world's simplest mittens". The pattern also had an associated blog post with much more detail about all the possibly tricky steps. That seemed like a good starting point.
|One completed mitten|
In general, working with double pointed needles is intimidating - what to do with all those pointy bits? Mostly it seems "get used to it" is an approach that works. I think there are always going to be some awkward hand holds with double points.
|All the pointy needles!|
|Previous needle under the next needle|
The quiet and cozy craft of knitting is a great way to spend the long winter evenings. While I feel I've mostly mastered crochet, there is a lot still to learn in knitting.