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I’m a Level 85 Alpha Knitter

On one of my Ravelry boards, someone threw out the phrase “alpha knitter,” and I henceforth declared that I wished to be known as threadpanda, alpha knitter. Sometimes a panda needs to be a little presumptuous.

Today’s topic from the Knitting and Crochet Blog Week world tour:

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet? (an you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?

I’ve been knitting for about four and a half years now, and crocheting less frequently for a year and a half. Over the last year, I learned how to knit two handed, and in the process, brushed up on my Continental knitting skills (Continental purling is still a pain in my tush). This skill came in handy with my Slanted Peerie mittens and my Bandelier Socks.

My big goal for last year was to knit garments for myself, so I learned a lot about garment construction and seaming. I still need to learn a little bit more about customizing shaping, specifically placing and working darts and short-rows, but there’s still time for that.

Categories: Inspirations Knitting


6 replies

  1. If I had more ambition I’d do the craft blog week 🙂 I’d also like to be known as an alpha knitter lol 🙂 That’s a great title! I also can’t tell you how glad I am that I learned to knit continental from the very begining.

    1. You can also declare yourself an alpha knitter! I just sort of decided it sounded fun. 😀

      I’m pretty speedy with my English style knitting, so I don’t mind it so much. It’s purling, whether right- or left-handed, that just drives me up the wall. 😉

    1. Hahah I asked my friend Sarah, an avid World of Warcraft gamer, for a good level number and I think she said “85.” I’m highly scientific over here.

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