So often I see new knitters afraid to try anything that’s not garter stitch, and it hits me how weird of a new knitter I was. My first projects were a ribbed scarf, a lace scarf, double knitting, a lace hat, a short row cowl, and a cabled scarf - in that order. I didn’t finish all these projects, but I got far enough into them to understand the techniques. Not even a year after I started, I knit my first sweater. Now I’m coming up to the end of year two, and I’m working on sweater #5.
If you’re a new knitter (or crocheter or whatever), my advice to you is this - JUMP IN! Don’t ever be afraid to try something new just because it looks complicated! No matter how weird a new thing feels, always remember how hard it was when you started, and how easy it is now. Don’t be afraid to learn, and don’t be afraid to be wrong or bad at something! Quality comes with experience, and experience comes from many hours of doing.
"The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried."
~ Stephen McCranie