Friday, October 12, 2012

First Knit Scarf

This was my first knitting project a few years ago. Seems like quite a long time ago actually. I can't remember the reason for wanting to learn to knit but I now knit constantly. I taught myself by using the Internet and a few "how to" books.
I had bought some cheap yarn from the store in order to practice the knit stitch. I thought that making a scarf would be an easy yet useful item.

Materials

  • US size 10.5 knitting needles
  • 1 ball yarn, any type
  • Tapestry needle
  • Crochet hook

Pattern

In all honesty there's not much of a pattern here. I cast on, using a long tail cast on method, about 30 stitches. My scarf is rather wide; you could reduce the number of stitches if you want. I then knit every row (garter stitch) until I had a scarf as long as I wanted it to be. I think it is about 6 feet. In the middle of this project I got brave (or so I thought at the time) and practised a little purl stitching. Since the scarf is so long and wide, you can't really notice the purl rows when it's worn.
At the ends of the scarf I added some tassels. This is done easily enough with a few short lengths of yarn and a crotchet hook. I made a loop with the yarn and passed it into one of the stitches at the end of my scarf. I then passed the ends of the short lengths of yarn through the loop and pulled tight. Make sure you pass the ends in the same direction. You'll end up with the knots facing opposite ways.
I hope you enjoy my simple tutorial!

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