Throwback FO: My First FO

Written by Sarah on March 19th, 2014 Posted in afghan, FO, knits

You’ll never forget your first.

I started knitting ten years ago. I jumped right in making things for my friends. I like to think that I was a quick study. Probably because, before that, I learned the very basics when I was eight years old. My mom taught me garter stitch when I was in fourth grade. She did all of the casting on and binding off but she taught me the knit stitch and I made this.

first knitting

It’s not very impressive. I believe it ended up being a blanket for my favorite stuffed animal. It certainly grew in places, probably due to the yarn overs placed arbitrarily throughout. It’s made from some leftover Red Heart Super Saver so it doesn’t feel particularly nice. It was something to keep me occupied when I could draw, another way to make things. It is what it is.


I’ve taught countless people to knit since this unfortunate blob happened. “You should see the first thing I ever made,” I’ve told each and every one of them with the memory of this piece still fresh in my mind. When I was cleaning out my childhood bedroom over the weekend, I found it. I knew it was still in my parents’ house somewhere. (We have a hard time parting with things.) And I’m so glad it still exists.

first fo 2


If I had a studio, I’d hang it on the wall. Look at how far I’ve come! Look at how much there is to learn! Look at how satisfying it is to make things with your hands!

What’s the first thing you ever knit? How did it turn out?

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Comments (5)

  • Jamie
    March 19, 2014 at 3:08 pm |

    Mine was a tan headband that I never used. It was tan because for some reason, I wanted it to be a neutral color. It was way too wide, and my family would tease me when I wore it, lol. Then I learned how to do dropped stitches (I don’t remember what they were actually called, but the ones where you wrap the yarn around the needle more than once and then knit into it) so I used that for a very itchy choker. Lol I wonder if I still have them!

  • Aunt Sherry
    March 19, 2014 at 10:06 pm |

    I think you should hang it. It is an artifact, you know. You did dig it up.

    • March 20, 2014 at 1:53 pm |

      I really did!

  • March 24, 2014 at 5:15 am |

    Very cool that you found this! Just shows what a great learning experience knitting is.. My first was a stockinette stitch scarf with a lot of different colour blocks. My grandma did the colour changes for me and she also made me count every row, just to make sure there were no dropped stitches.. Still have that one as well, but never wear it anymore..

  • Dori
    April 7, 2014 at 10:09 pm |

    Mine was a square out of some chenile stuff that is impossible to knit with. It has a hole in the middle, where I dropped a stitch and couldn’t find it to fix (if I had known how to fix) but that’s ok. I sewed a ribbon around part of it and turned it into a little cap I can wear on my head at night. The ribbon goes around and ties under my chin. I still wear it when it gets cold.

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