With every project I start, I try to choose a pattern that involves a skill I’ve never tried before. A weird new increase, an exotic cast on—something like that.
I don’t always get it right immediately, and sometimes I rip it out a bunch of times and have to step away and have a cup of tea or glass of wine before gathering the emotional strength to cast on and try again. When it finally does click in my brain and I persevere, I feel so much prouder of myself than if I had just done another project in my comfort zone.
Recently, I tried two-color brioche for a hat pattern. I had done brioche stitch, but not with two different colors. I decided this was something that had to be in my arsenal of knitting knowledge.
I failed miserably the first few times I tried it, because it is a bit of a pain to get started if everything isn’t set up just right. But I was not dissuaded! I ripped it out and started it as many times as it took. The feelings of accomplishment I felt when I finally got it to look like it was supposed to were worth the feelings of frustration and annoyance that came before it. It looked so cool! I was proud of myself for not giving up.
If you’re one of those knitters who thinks they can only handle making stockinette stitch rectangles after knitting for something like five or 20 years, I suggest you wander a bit out of your comfort zone and try a project that teaches you a new skill.
It might be challenging at first, but it’ll be good for your brain and your self-esteem, and we’re always here to give you tech support and emotional support if you don’t get it right away. I promise you it will be worth the effort and the angst when you’re done!