Sometimes I surprise myself. For instance, I actually knitted something that is wearable and even kinda purty. And for my first knitting project, I am pretty darn proud. Back in February, my sister and I took a knitting class over at Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver. The classes were two hours long on two Saturdays and cost $55–which included a nice set of wood knitting needles. Since I accomplished my mission (the scarf), I’d say the classes were a success!
I didn’t actually clock the man hours on this one, but it took some time. Instead of watching mind numbing TV, I knitted. Instead of reading, I knitted. And instead of teaching, I knitted. Just kidding on the last one. And if you’re wondering, like I was, about the past tense of knit, I looked it up. You could use knit or knitted. Who knew?
So, here’s what I used:
Cascade Yarn EcoWool in Latte Ecru Twist–it’s washable and 100% undyed Peruvian Hyland wool (oh so fancy)
size 11 knitting needles
1×1 rib stitch (knit 1, purl 1–the entire thing; front and back)
cast on 24 stitches
A note about the yarn: The skein was 478 yards–which apparently equals huge in the yarn world. I didn’t use all of it–not even close. The yarn is pretty because it has 2 colors twisted together, but it started to make me a little delirious after knitting for a while. Some good advice I took away from the class is to remember to always choose a yarn color/texture/fiber that you love–you’re going to be staring at it for a while until your project is completed.
A note about the rib stitch: This was actually a mistake that turned out to be fabulous. I intended to do the seed stitch, but I did it wrong. After much googling and looking on this knitting website for dummies, I realized my beautiful error.
I made it extra long– a little over 6 ft–so I can wrap it a few times or knot it once and have long tails. I also added fringe to the ends with a crochet hook–pretty easy. Lastly, I added a few rows of interest at each end–just to break the monotony.
There are lots of errors on this thing… Don’t let my confidence fool you!!
Here it is on me: