What makes me say so?
Basic knowledge to start! I have it!
I know how to knit the way I enjoy knitting, (combo) but I can knit standard continental, and English (slowly), true left handed (from right needle onto the left needle) and Portuguese/eastern style (with my thumb)--and lots of variations with in those broad range of styles.
I am firm in my belief that there is no one single correct way to knit--there are many styles and all of them are equal valid(and that i don't yet know all the styles!) I KNOW that I don’t know every style of knitting--but, its no matter, because, I am still learning!
I don’t usually knit with a needle held in the crook of my arm or in a sheath, but I know how to knit that way too.
While I claim to be a master knitter, I don’t claim to know everything about knitting—In fact, that is one of the things I enjoy about knitting… after years and years of knitting, I still have things to learn—Not a lot… but details and details. Details that make subtle differences.
Same goes for my obsession(s)—do I know every cast on? Well it does depend on how you count.
I recent purchased Montse Stanley’s Reader’s Digest Knitting Handbook, and reviewed the 40 listed methods in that book. And while I know many of the cast ons by different names, there were only 2 new to me cast ons. (The twice knit one, and another, -- (which I had just seen following a link on Ravelry, called a simple Russian cast on!—which I still haven’t mastered!)—Montse counts differently (Is Long tail (sling shot) a different cast on than long tail (thumb)?
(I say no, she says yes--There are valid reasons for both positions.)
I also saw (and have been playing) with the twice knit stitch.—another sort of double knitting—and another obsession of mine!
The hand book has ideas for selvages that I haven’t considered--and I have considered and used quite a number.
It is one option for a selvage, but too often it’s used to hide a loose edge stitch –which is something that should be resolved, not covered up! A selvage stitch should be a choice not a crutch (and yes, I do occasionally choose to use it!)
More than any particular skill –I think what makes me a master is that I am interested in, and still actively learning knitting techniques—and exploring all that knitting has to offer.
I WANT to know all I can about knitting.. I not only knit, but I am still actively learning about knitting.