Knitting a Miette...

Monday, September 23, 2013

I finally started knitting a real proper thing. An actual thing that I can wear that isn't just a tangled mess of dropped stitches and broken dreams.

Okay, that's a little dramatic. But David has been waiting on his scarf for, ooh, I dunno, 5+ years now?

I've started knitting Andi's Miette Cardigan, and I gotta say, this pattern is awesome! If you are a beginner that is wanting to make a real proper thing that looks complicated but actually isn't really, then the Miette is for you.

I definitely consider myself a beginner knitter and this pattern has already taught me so much, I've gotten over my fear of thinking that knitting patterns just look way too complicated for me.  Even though they do look complicated at first glance, they actually aren't as bad as you may think. Once you drill them down and look at them line by line, they are much easier to manage and do start to make sense.

Before I started knitting my Miette, I found an amazing knit along run by Gail. She has posts filled to the brim with useful information for the beginner knitting their first Miette and I found her pattern chart so useful (even though I didn't actually find it until I was well on my way).

I will do a proper post on my Miette when it's finished, but in the mean time, are you on Ravelry? Well, me too! Let's be friends.

Are any of you beginner knitters going to try out the Miette? Or have you already?

xx
Jen

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24 comments on "Knitting a Miette..."
  1. I love this pattern! I have the yarn al ready to make it but a, yet to cast on. I love the colour you've chosen. I'm making mine in red.

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  2. I've been knitting for 8 years and have only just decided this summer that I felt up to attempting a sweater. I think you're right - most knitting isn't that hard, you just have to break it into piece. But for me, I know that if I was going to knit something that was going to take me that long, I had to build up an appreciation for knitting to get me through the probably year it would take me.

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  3. Glad to hear you think it's easy! Ive got one more in my queue before I plan to tackle the Miette! Look forward to your progress. :)

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  4. Ive also made a red version. This was my first knitted garment too! love the colour you have chosen and can't wait to see the finished cardi :-)

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  5. Ive also made a red version. This was my first knitted garment too! love the colour you have chosen and can't wait to see the finished cardi :-)

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  6. That is such a great pattern that I would like to try, but need to finish what I started (back in Feb) first! I love the colour.

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  7. There must be a zeitgeist going on with this sweater pattern, cause so many of my sewing friends are knitting it. :) Personally I think knitting sweaters is so much more fun than knitting scarves. Poor David might be waiting a long time. Anyway this should look super cute with your dresses, so knit that sucker up!

    PS. I'm froggiegirl over on Rav and have already friended you. Muhaa haa haa Excellent /\

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  8. Thanks for the shout out, Jen! Looking forward to seeing your Miette, and especially to seeing how you style it!

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  9. This is funny - I'm knitting the same cardigan in the same colour as my first "real" knitted item. I've been writing pretty much this same blog post in my head for months, but have never gotten around to actually posting it.

    Good luck! You've gotten past the trickiest bit (I think). If you can figure out the lace in the neckline, you'll be fine for the rest. :)

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  10. I'm planning on making the miette as my first proper knitted thing too! Just knitting a snood at the moment, so I can't teach myself to knit in the round, and then I'm going to move on to miette, so I look forward to seeing your progress!

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  11. I've been knitting for a while but mostly pretty simple scarves and cowls (and bows!) I keep seeing this cardigan inblog land...maybe it's time to take the plunge into something a little more challenging...Good luck with yours, nice colour choice!

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  12. I have failed at knitting in the past and would like to take it up again. I will be looking forward to seeing your progress. I love the color.

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  13. Your Miette is looking terrific! The yarn is so gorgeous!

    Miette was my first proper garment, too, and it gave me so much confidence. I love the pattern so much, I knit two more!

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  14. I'm so going to try this - I'm asking for the appropriate supplies for my birthday/Xmas then getting to it in the new year. Can't wait to see yours!

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  15. Your yarn color is beautiful! It's going to make a wonderful Miette!

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  16. hooray for miettes! I found the fist 6-8 rows the hardest, doin the lacework, after that it's so much easier! Can't wait to see yours, the colour is gorgeous

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  17. I just finished a miette recently, very good pattern and also my first cardi. I consider myself an expert scarf and hat knitter, but the actual proper things have seemed intimidating, i can see myself geting addicted though!

    love the colour you've chosen.

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  18. How exciting! I can't wait to see your finished product. I'm still a super beginner knitter and I can't imagine actually knitting a cardigan at this point- but now you've got me wondering if I should give it a try! Hmmm...

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  19. I'm so happy that you finally started knitting fluently :) Being stuck at something is very frustrating. I've been knitting for a while now and I feel comfortable with it, but I envy you when I see what you can sew. I guess everything takes time and practice :D

    My Rav name is lomeraniel. I'm going to friend you now :)

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  20. I learned to knit last Fall and made a couple of scarves and some wristbands and bought all the yarn to make the Miette and then never started it. It's been on my mind though to pick it back up and you just inspired me. Thanks for the link of the knit along. That will be very helpful. I can't wait to see how yours turns out!

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  21. I learned to knit last Fall and made a couple of scarves and some wristbands and bought all the yarn to make the Miette and then never started it. It's been on my mind though to pick it back up and you just inspired me. Thanks for the link of the knit along. That will be very helpful. I can't wait to see how yours turns out!

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  22. What a coincidence! I am making a blue Miette and I am a beginner too. I also was saved by Gail's precious chart! I am on row 58.

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  23. You're so brave! I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out. I have been knitting for a few years, but only small projects. That said, the small projects often include rather advanced techniques! So why am I afraid of sweaters? I'm trying to get up the nerve :)

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  24. Oooh, this is going to be so cute! Happy knitting! I'm glad you found Gail's blog-- she's basically the queen of knitting!

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Jen

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