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VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS for knitting the pockets of the Saturday Morning Hoodie can be found here:

I joined the Ravelry knitalong group that is knitting the Lion Brand pattern known as the Saturday Morning Hoodie. It is a really great looking open front sweater with pockets and a hood that is unisex. If you have a Lion Brand free account, you can search for the pattern, or link to it HERE. The KAL group on Ravelry (another free account)  is HERE.

I ran into a huge confusing headspinning mess when it came to knitting the pockets. The pattern offers no real instructions for those of us who have never done pockets before and I was feeling pretty frustrated. I spent quite a bit of time going through the sparse number of photos available Ravelers had posted until I finally wrapped my brain around how it was supposed to be done. Once I got it, it was pretty easy, but up until that point, I felt like I needed some kind of code-breaking key to figure it out.

I offered help on the pockets to other Ravelers and several have messaged me asking for assistance. So, today I remembered my digital camera is capable of taking videos and I think a video is probably much more instructive than a long, in-depth letter accompanied by a bunch of photos. I am offering THIS VIDEO to anyone who is having trouble figuring out how to knit the pockets. If you have any trouble with that link, simply search on YouTube using the search terms “Saturday Morning Hoodie”. I tested it and it pulls right up.

I hope this video is helpful to at least a couple of other newbies like me. This is my first video, so forgive any errors. I would appreciate your feedback here and on the youtube site, if you don’t mind. If I got something wrong, please tell me. If you need more assistance, please just message me and I will try to help. Happy Knitting!!

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What would I do without my YouTube knitting mentors?!? They taught me how to cast-on, cast0ff, make a knit stitch, a purl stitch, a yarn over , how to go from being a thrower to knitting continental style and everything else I’ve wanted to learn about. Anything I have wanted, needed or thought about learning has generously been put on YouTube by some knitting addict like myself who thought enough about her craft to share it with me and anyone else who wanted to learn from them.  I am so grateful to these women and men who cared enough to teach me how to become a woman who knits.

The first scarf I made for Andy was quickly followed by a scarf for myself. Then, it was on to hats! The first four or five really didn’t come out that well — not enough length to one, a little condom-like knob atop another, too large of diameter on another….until finally I got it right and Andy had a matching hat to go with his scarf. That was a happy day for my knitting mind.

Andy's 1st scarf and hat

Andy's 1st scarf and hat

My first scarf

My first scarf

Since then I’ve used YouTube to learn how to  add another color to make stripes in hats,

Timmy's hat

Timmy's hat

Laura's hat

Laura's hat

 stripes in a baby blanket

Gabriella's blanket

Gabriella's blanket

and even in my little peach bag.

I’ve learned how to knit in the round and how to use double pointed needles.

Knitting has become important in my life. I really, really love it. I love deciding what to make and then, picking out my yarn, choosing the right needle size, and whipping up something new. Sometimes using a pattern, sometimes just casting on and making whatever it is I’ve thought about. I’m learning a little bit every time I knit something new.  I wonder if I’ll ever be half as good as the all of the other knitters who have posted photos of their cabled cardigans, mohair sweaters and delicate lace scarves. I see all of these beautiful knitted garments and wonder if it is realistic to want to be able to knit like that. Like THAT. Yeah, like in a thousand years or so, I think to myself. But I’ll keep knitting and getting better at it.

I guess it is really is about the journey. Knitting has become a way of life for me.

I’ll post some of my earlier projects here, as well as those I’m working on right now.

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