So, I officially started knitting properly 2 weeks ago. All I've done is practice swatch after swatch of different stitches.
Knowing how to already knit, purl, cast on and cast off helped quite a lot as this meant I could delve straight into the stitches. First up was the 'rib stitch'. Pretty easy and fun to do and looked quite nice. I was actually pretty pleased as it was this first thing I'd managed to do that wasn't straight knits or a stockinette.
Amongst the moss stitch section in the book, there was a pattern for a little heart. This combined the stockinette and moss stitch to give the appearance of a heart.
Next was the cable stitch. I've always admired this stitch. Yeah, looks a bit old fashioned, but I love how it looks on jumpers and scarves, so I was uber excited to try this one out (I'm so sad!). I have to say I absolutely LOVED doing this and could do it all day long...I can't wait to do a project with cables :)
The most recent one I've done was actually the plain, ordinary stockinette stitch (the one you mostly see in shops where the item is flat and looks like lots of little V's). But, seeing as my main aim is to knit a penguin jumper, including more than one colour was pretty vital to my learning. I decided to start with the intarsia method which is the best to use for large areas of colour. It was pretty confusing at first and my swatch wasn't amazing but seeing as it was my first go I couldn't complain. Definitely lots more practicing before I get this one right!
I've also dabbled a bit in increasing and decreasing stitches. I'm not going to post any pics of these for your own sanity as they are not interesting in any way.