Saturday, March 29, 2008

Learning to Knit

I had a comment on my bag post from Mary Ann she was inspired to try to knit again and I know some of you have also made comments that you wish you could knit. May I suggest starting with an easy garter scarf. Here is how to do it, if you have any difficulties you can email me at mrs_tea_mouse@hotmail.com. If you want to leave a comment so I can view your project's progress I'll link back to you.

I may post some pictures later of the steps involved, but there are tons of great online tutorials out there and some are even great videos you can view....I am not that tech savvy as to create them, but they are a great resource.

Garter Stitch Scarf(Pattern Available from LionBrand) - I chose this pattern for the simple fact that it is quick and easy to do and it only involves the knit stitch and because it is a scarf you'll get lot's of practice and be a pro at basic knitting when you are done.

What You'll Need:
1 Ball LionBrand Homespun Yarn(this yarn is bulky weight, feel free to substitute with another yarn that is also the same weight. This may also be called Craft or Rug yarn). If you buy your yarn at a Local Yarn Shop, they can help you purchase the right weight. This pattern uses a ball with 185 yards so anything with that yardage would be suitable. Economical substitutes could include: Bernat Softee Chunky, or for a bit more luxurious feel Bernat Alpaca. If you want to try something more expensive, try visiting the your Local Yarn Shop(LYS) for more choices in unique yarns.

Knitting Needles: Buy a pair of 8mm needles or U.S. size 11. They come in all sorts of styles, you can get metal, plastic, bamboo and more. Bamboo needles are nice for the beginner as they aren't very slippery and it's harder for stitches to slide off the needle. Later on you'll prefer metal needles as you can knit much faster with them. If you're thrifty you can probably find needles at a local thrift store or some dollar stores carry bamboo ones for cheap.

Point Protectors: These vary in styles and prices. They sit at the end of the needle and keep your work from slipping off when you are not working on it.

Ziploc Bag: I keep the yarn I am working with in a ziploc bag as I am working, this keeps it clean and free from any pet hair etc.

Tapestry Needle: For weaving in Ends.


Before You Get Started:

No matter how you buy your yarn it will not be in a nice ball. I always roll my yarn into balls to work with and then it's ready to go. When you buy more expensive wools they always come in skeins and need to be rolled prior to use, so it's a good habit to get into.

Getting Started:

Casting On: Cast on 18 stitches.

Work in Garter Stitch(Knit each row) until you have 18 inches of yarn left. BO(Bind off) all stitches and weave in ends.

2 comments:

  1. I think I will hold off on knitting for a few years. My heart is in it, but my mind tells me I have too much on my plate as it is. I will watch and enjoy from the sidelines.

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  2. Wow. I think I can DO this. Thank you so much for responding to my comment in the way that you did. There was something about being in the yarn shop, looking at all the choices (yarn, needles, patterns), none of which I knew a single thing about, that just overwhelmed me. You've made it all so much easier. Thank you again. I'll let you know how I do!

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