Anyway, I figured a good knitting reference book was needed in my crafty library since I'm hoping to get serious about learning how to knit this year. This book is pretty extensive as far as techniques and stitches are concerned and the instructions and illustrations actually make sense to me.
Up until this point the only knitting I have done has been rectangular. After a very rough morning with a migraine, I was ready for a good sit on the couch on Friday night. So I decided to give increases and decreases a try. I knitted a few rows and sporadically increased and decreased to get the feel for the different techniques. After a while the knitted rows started to look like a complete mess, so I ripped it out and started looking through the stitch pattern index to get some structured practice. I picked out the basic chevron stitch because it encompasses both increases and decreases. I also taught myself a new way to cast on!
There's definitely room for improvement but I'm pretty pleased with my progress so far. It actually looks like the picture in the book! I seem to be having tension issues especially when I increase stitches. Those stitches seem to be super tight, which I think is what is making the knitting a bit wonky. Anyone have any suggestions?