Posted on May 28, 2011 at 11:43 am

My sister is trying to learn how to knit. Never mind that she is a single mom with a very active 2 year old. Once she got the idea in her head, she was determined to master her new interest. Her progress is slow, especially since I live an hour away and also have a handfull of life so I don't have a lot of knitting time with her. The moments she has to herself are often spent cleaning up the kitchen, or catching up on sleep. But still, she is learning how to knit.

She knit the obligatory garter stitch scarf. She knit a tedious baby blanket. She wasn't sure she could knit a sweater yet, but was bored with the rectangles, so I set her up with this.

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I gave her a 5 stitch cast on and did this on the first row.

knit 1, yarn over, k1, yo, place marker, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1.

For the second row, she knit back.  The rest of the triangle goes like this:

Right side: k1, yo, work to marker, yo, slip marker (sm), k1 (this is the center stitch), yo, work to last stitch, yo, k1. Turn and work wrong side row.

Wrong side: work all stitches.

The fun part of this is that as she grew more confident, she added stockinette to her garter stitch, made some garter ridge rows as the mood struck, and even flirted with the idea of an eyelet row.

If you look closely towards the bottom of the picture, you can see when life intervened, when she found even less knitting time, lost track of the marker at the center stitch, and after a few weeks' hiatus, picked it back up again but forgot how it worked. When she brought it to me after about a month of neglect, I ripped out six rows, and gave her a new stitch marker. She was surprised that (expert knitter as she considers me to be) I didn't pull out all the mistakes. I said I thought the scarf was still lovely, imperfect as it seemed in a few places. Overall, her knitting is wonderful. Her tension is even, her hands work smoothly, she has good flow. It's just that she hasn't quite yet figured out how to read a yarn over in the the row below. So what? It's early work, and it will always be a kind of tree ring record of her life this year. The struggles are there in her knitting, and that is a precious thing.