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Lesson 4 - October 15, 2020

Start Knitting

It's time to knit! Chapter 3 - Knit Your Slippers - contains 5 videos walking you through every step of knitting the Garter-stitch strip that will make up each slipper.

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In this chapter, you'll learn a foolproof way of counting your rows on Garter stitch that goes beyond the usual rules of thumb you've always heard.

You'll also learn how much tail to leave for seaming, how to change colors, and how to know what's the "right side" of your work.

Lastly, you'll learn how to pick up and knit stitches, a technique that will be so useful to you on future projects (like knitting top-down socks!).

Head to Chapter 3 of the class and knit along with the videos. Put on a good Netflix show, this is easy relaxing knitting at its best!

Today's Step to Get Involved:

Leave a comment below and let us know how your knitting is going and what new skills you are learning!

In a week, I'll teach you how to seam your knitting so you can see the results of your handiwork.

38 thoughts on “Start Knitting”

  1. Wondering if anyone else had an issue w/ amount of yarn, like Beverly did, and how they resolved it. I’d rather not re order. Yes, coming to this late–>I have been swamped at work so I am just at the 8th square now. I bought 3 different colors of yarn, amount based on what was suggested and followed the pattern for using three colors. I honestly should have thought about it, as it places four squares in one color (toe, heel, ankle, ankle) and 2 on the others. So, I ran short on the red color I chose for squares 1,4,6,8–am about 3 rows short. Am fine on 2, 5 (black ) and 3,7 (grey).

    So I am considering 2 solutions, but am open to others input. FYI I am doing ‘two at a time’ either unknitting a row or two on both #8s, then flipping over to one of the other colors so that there is a ‘border’ of accent color on the right ankle of both slippers. The alternative, I suppose, would be to re knit square #8 on each slipper in one of the other colors entirely, but from what I can tell, the origami look will be lost as it will blend into either the side color or the heel. That really won’t take long but I think it may look odd? Any suggestions welcome.

    1. Hi! We’re so glad you’ve gotten time to join us for this KAL. I like the idea you have to do little accent color ‘borders’ on the right ankles. But if you redid your square #8s in the black and gray, I think you’ll still acheive the cool origami look. Either way, I think they’ll look great, so excited to see how they turn out!

  2. I have my template all taped together and knitting two at a time using Rastita in Mostaza and doubled Mechita in … I forget. But it’s a pretty blue green (and one skein had lots of gold in it).

    I need to practice my continental style again. Lots of garter stitch ahead!

      1. I think I even took the class but got put off by purling. Will have to give it a try in order to zoom through these slippers.

        I have a bunch of beads & sequins on hand and want to decorate them.

    1. Hi All! My yarn just came, it was delayed a week in shipping, so I’m late getting to the party. I have knitted 2.5 squares, and have found that knitting with thin yarn on thick needles leads to loose stitches. I am a tight knitter, and I find this is difficult for me as I always try to get everything to be uniformly tight. I’m working on just even looseness. I’m actually finding this more difficult than Liat’s 2 at a time toe up socks that I made for everyone last Christmas! Well, trying to relax and go with the flow!

      1. Hi Beverly – I’m so glad your yarn finally came in! I know it’s been difficult to get things on time nowadays – even at the shop where I work we’ve noticed a lengthening in wait time for packages.

        Don’t worry about the looser gauge – after felting it’ll look even :) Mine looks fairly loose as well, but once you agitate it in the felting process things start to look more “slipper-like”. Keep us posted, we’ll be excited to see how your slippers knit up!

  3. Evelyn Dixie Matson

    I love this knit a long. I’m knitting away on my squares and practicing not looking at my hands. It’s a great project for watching my programs while I practice “Look Liat, no eyes!”

  4. I had to finish a hat and scarf for my grandson, whose birthday is later this week…had to get them done! So I’m just starting my slippers now. I did the paper folding (fun!!) and chose my color scheme. Time to start knitting! Your videos are wonderful and so very helpful. I feel confident that I can catch up with both knitting and seaming by the time you’ve moved to felting. Thanks for all the care and attention you put into your lessons!
    Here’s a pic of my paper slipper :-)

  5. I am just now starting, and have zero confidence in my skills. Even though we have a great video to show us how to count, I still did hash marks. I placed my needle where I started counting. According to my count I have 44-but my tail is not on the same side as my working yarn. —Should I take out 1 row?? That would place the tail & working yArn on the same side, maybe I accidentally added a hash mark?

    1. Hi Pamela! This is Mary Claire, the KnitFreedom Knitting Expert here to help with your question :) It looks like you’ve got 44 rows there, but it looks like you added an extra row. You can either take it out or leave it – it won’t make a big difference to have just one extra row. But if you want the row count to be exact, I’d take out the extra one :)

      1. In your knitting experience, adding an extra row or 1 row short, has it really effected the outcome of your project?

      2. I didn’t know the best way to “take out an extra row”. So I took the needle out and unraveled. But now,,,,,,the working yarn is not in a spot where I can start knitting. Ugh!

        1. I want square 1 & 2 to be the same color, I thought I should mark the end of the square. Is my marker on the correct stitch to mark the end of the square?

      3. It’s going from bad to worse,,,,ack!! I pulled the needle off and put them back on. It’s really hard to get the needle back thru the stitch and it seems some are the stitches are stuck together! What should I do? Thinking it may be best to start completely over?

        1. Hi Pam!

          The stitch marker to mark the squares looks good – Great job :) I’m sorry to hear your slipper has been giving you trouble, let’s talk it through!

          Out of curiosity – what needle size are you using? Because your gauge looks a little tight – almost as if it’s knit on a US 7 or 8. Too-tight stitches might be the root cause to your stitches feeling like they’re stuck together and difficult to get off the needle. I recommend trying to loosen up your gauge, or even try sizing up a needle size.

          To answer your question about one row making a big difference: In my experience, no. Unless I need to be on the correct row to follow a chart, I find that being just 1 row off very rarely makes a difference :)

          Thanks for reaching out, and happy knitting!

          1. I am using a size 10, and I’m guessing I do knit tight, new knitter here. I could try to loosen up a little, I’m don’t know how to size up a needle.

            And since I’m new to the knitting game, no way do I know how to read a chart. At this point, I’m wishing I ignored the extra row. I’ll see what I can do. Thanks a bunch!

              1. Hi Pam,

                Yeah, it looks like your knitting is a tad tight. No worries though – just try to relax and loosen up as you go through the other squares. Sizing up a needle is something people do sometimes to achieve the correct gauge. For example – if I need 16 stitches to equal 4 inches in my gauge swatch, but it’s only measuring 3″ because I’m too tight – I might opt to go up a needle size. Don’t worry about that for this project (or the knitting charts answer) – Just keep it in the back of your mind for when you tackle it in the future ;)

                It looks like that stitch is either pulled too tight, or an accidental yarn over. I find that taking out a row helps take away the problem, rather than struggling how to fix it where it is. You can always knit them together as one stitch so that you don’t increase your stitch count. Either way – don’t worry too much about it

                You’re doing great Pam! Keep on knitting and it’ll all work out :)

    2. Hi Pamela. No worries. You will get there. Even if it is frustrating. I have been knitting on and off for 30 years. I chose to take this class as I have never felted anything, and thought I would challenge myself with something new. When my yarn arrived, I looked at it with skeptisism. I doubted it would be enough. But, I put my trust in the people of the Knitalong. They are far better than I. So, I, with trembling heart set out to knit my 8 squares. Easy Peazy. Right up till I ran out of yarn. Now, I am 1.5 squares short for each color resulting in my need to order more yarn and putting this whole project on hold. This, of course makes this project more expensive and adds a touch of frustration. So, I am so close, yet so far. Hang in there, you can do it. If I can get through my shortness of color, you can do it!

      1. Thank you Beverly for the kindness, I have been working on this little project here and there but once my project went off the rails it pretty much has stayed there (smacks forehead) I finally “completed” it and tried to seam it up and it got worse!!! I’m not sure what I’m going to do with this these two odd strips LOL, but they will not be slippers. How did yours turn out?

        1. No worries Pam, I think you can still solve it! Have you placed in all the coordinating seams? That could help make sure everything lines up. If you accidentally knit too many squares, you can also take out the bind off, rip out, and then re-bind off again so it all matches up.

          Although I think you can make it work, if you need some idea for how to reuse your yarn here are a few –
          – Rip out the yarn and knit it into another project
          – Cut it into pieces for stuffed animal filling or to be spun into new yarn (I recently sent off my scraps to a spinner on Etsy to recycle them into a brand new skein)
          – Compost it in your local community garden! 100% wool yarn is all natural meaning it can decompose and go back into the earth

          Good luck with the rest of your slippers Pam :)

    1. Elias - KnitFreedom Customer Happiness

      Hi Sharon,

      You can leave your comments or questions in each lesson or you can send us an email and Liat or Mary Claire will be more than happy to reply! All the lessons can be accessed “My Knitalong” in the upper menu bar. There is only a specific schedule for the Knitalong emails (there is no chat) but you can access the rest of the classes. Also, you can the Felted Slippers class to find all the info.


    1. Elias - KnitFreedom Customer Happiness

      Very sorry about that, Sharon! There was an issue with the link but now it should be working. You can also click here to access it.

      All the best,

    1. Elias - KnitFreedom Customer Happiness

      Hi Jane,

      That’s a great question!

      You can check all the lessons if you click on “My Knitalong” in the upper menu bar. There is only a specific schedule for the Knitalong emails but you can access the rest of the classes. Also, you can find all the info in the Felted Slippers class. I hope that helps!


      1. Thanks for your response Elias! When I click on the link for Lesson 4, this comes up… “It looks like the link pointing here was faulty. Maybe try searching?” I had tried before and the same message came up. That’s why I was asking if there was a certain date when it would be available.


        1. Elias - KnitFreedom Customer Happiness

          Oops! Sorry about that Jane, the issue should be fixed now. You can also click here to access the lesson.


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