Saturday, May 18, 2013

Elise shawl and something new

I finished the first of my CALs yesterday and today I've taken it off the blocking board. Here it is:
 
 
 
 
It's my 4th Elise Shawl. I love this pattern!
 
 
 
I made some tassels for it using the Juliana Wrap pattern. The tassels in that shawl are great for holding it in place when worn to the front which is how I normally wear my shawls.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This is what it was like before blocking:
 
 
Blocking really does work wonders sometimes!
 
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Now for the 'something new' part of the post.
I've tried knitting quite a few times but I've never really got very far with it. The cast on was always a big slow down for me, the times I'd tried it I found it very tedious.
 
But my mom got me a huge book on knitting last year and one of the ways to cast on is called the thumb cast on which looked easy enough so I gave it a go:
 
 
Yay! I cast on some stitches and it only took a minute!
 
 
They even look like the photo!
 
 
There are so many beautiful knitting patterns out there, especially for shawls, and I've love to learn but I find two needles so awkward compared to one hook.
 
Does anyone have any great tips  or websites you could recommend?
 
Have a lovely weekend!

27 comments:

  1. Another beauty Elisabeth - and well done with your casting on - you'll be knitting up a storm in no time x Jane

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  2. Beautyful scarf again!! Do you know www.jessica-tromp.nl? It's also in English. Have a lovely weekend too:)

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  3. Lovely shawl. I find YouTube videos useful for learning to crochet, so I suppose there might be some good knitting tutorials on there as well.

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  4. Lovely shawl, Elisabeth, and the tassels are perfect. You are so talented!
    Good luck on you knitting adventure, can't wait to see what you make :)

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  5. The shawl is beautiful, it made me want to try that pattern too, it's really pretty. And I love the tassels!
    I always cast on using that method, and knit Portuguese style, which for me is much easier, but in the end I think it's all a matter of practice. I find you tube videos very useful too, whenever I can´t figure out a pattern I always find some good tip or tutorial there.

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  6. I just love those shawls. you just have to find your own rhythm with knitting. I cast on using a thumb method which my mum and auntie showed me but I knit them on for ages and that worked too. Thanks for always dropping by my blog. Jo x

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Marama je prelepa!!!
    Pletenje si super počela!
    Pozdrav!:)

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  8. Your shawl is gorgeous !The color, the pattern and the tassel make it gorgeous !
    You are really a pro !
    For the knitting, I'm an amateur...
    Have a nice Sunday ! I hope with the sun...
    Hug
    Anna

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  9. Beautiful shawl, just keep knitting you can do it and pretty soon it will seem as easy as crochet.
    hugs to you,
    Meredith

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  10. You've done such a lovely job with the shawl Elisabeth - it's beautiful - and the tassels are such a good idea. Well done you!
    I think that so long as you have the interest and intent to learn to knit, then it will happen for you. I would suggest you start with small items in colours and yarns that you love, so you can enjoy early results, then the more patience and practice - the better it will become and the more you will enjoy it. Sounds like you have a huge help with the book and there are most likely plenty of short videos online, as with crochet. I wish you all the very best with it.
    Joy x

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  11. It's absolutely beautiful, Elisabeth. You are very talented.

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  12. What a lovely shawl! I am fairly new to knitting too. I love it, but it did take some time to get the hang of the two needles.
    I cast on with this method too.
    xo Kris

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  13. Beautiful Elise shawl! And your knitting looks nice, it is a bit difficult to grasp but it will go better each time! I think casting on is actually the hardest part of knitting, together with binding off...

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  14. Lovely, lovely shawl. Thank you for sharing with us. :-)
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  15. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (I know you've heard that from me before)...this is exquisite, Elisabeth! I have been so inspired by you, I have knitted up a few shawlettes for gifts this past Mother's Day. I used to crochet, but developed carpal tunnel in my left hand, so had to give it up, sadly. I turned to knitting because it's a different motion, with no wrist movement involved. You might pick up Debbie Stoller's Stitch N' Bitch Knitting book (the first one is a great starting point). Happy Sunday - you ROCK!

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  16. Another beautiful shawl. Well done on the casting on, when you get the hang of knitting you will love it too.
    M x

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  17. What a lovely shawl! I took a great knitting class at a LYS and it was a fun way to learn how to knit.

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  18. it's beautiful and yes what a difference blocking makes! good luck with your knitting, I used to knit more than crochet but the crochet has taken over, once you get going there will be no going back you will love it I'm sure :)

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  19. Your shawls are sooo beautiful Elisabeth - fine works of art. Have fun with your needles too - I'm sure you'll find a rhythm soon.
    Ali x

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  20. Your shawl is beautiful . . . The blocking part did not make such a dramatic impact in my shawl. . . it looks amazing !!

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  21. this pattern is in my queue for long time now. amazing shawl and love its colour too

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  22. Your shawl looks beautiful and lovely with the tassles :)

    I hope you get on great with your knitting, you are using lovely yarn for it :)

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  23. What a beautiful shawl, I would try YouTube to learn how to knit, I think that would work

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  24. What a very very lovely shawl.. Beautiful in every way. Hugs Judy

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  25. I love your shawl, the tassels really make it - they're fab! :)

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  26. That is beautiful, so delicate. Another thing to add to my list of things I want to make... (Thanks for visiting my blog... And commenting, it pleases me so!)

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  27. Very beautiful shawl and the tassels are great :-). Super that you started knitting!! My cast on method isn't the thumb one and I searched for the right name. I learned it from my mother long ago. The most similar one is the continental method that you see here
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMGTkLNEEYc
    but I hold the yarn a little different (other way round at the little finger and then inside the hand, not behind). And I take 2 needles for the cast on: Hold 2 needles parallel together, cast on all stitches on both, then put 1 needle out and start knitting normally. This way you get a more stretchy start and it's easier to get the needle in the stitches when knitting the first row. Just like the others I think youtube videos are a good way to learn :-). And starting with little projects for quick success ;-). Maybe a simple potholder, or a washcloth (e.g. see my pattern lately). Happy knitting!!

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