Self-Sustaining Skills – Knitting

I am working my way through the Transition Town Skills List as I develop a more self-sustaining way of living.  The first skill listed under the category of clothing is to knit.  I remember learning to knit on a long car trip with my family.  I was using red yarn on gold single-pointed needles, probably about a size 7.  I kept knitting higher and higher and dropping stitches until what was supposed to be a square pot holder turned into a trapezoid.  I know many trapezoids until I learned how to control the yarn and to relax my hold on it.

I am now working on a series of ideas which will make it easy for people who want to learn to knit as a self-sustaining skill to make clothing.  My first project was a coat.

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I knit strips which were 10 stitches wide and the length from wrist to wrist on me.  I sewed the strips together horizontally, not vertically, the way the eye wants to see it.  The wrist to wrist lengths wrap around me to meet at the front of the coat.  The sleeves extend across the shoulders and are wrist-length.  I lined the coat so it would not stretch. I trimmed it by crocheting a textured yarn around the edges.  It is sill the warmest garment I own.

I am looking forward to sharing more ideas as I try them out.  It will be fun, I think.

© 2018 Kathryn Hardage

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