Friday, 16 January 2015

Knitting my Way to a Warmer Neck

Like pretty much everyone who takes up knitting, my very first actual knitted thing ended up being a scarf.
 
My mum spotted these sparkly balls of wool on sale for £2.99 in B&M (they were still in stock the other week) complete with free pattern on the inside of the band. Apparently all it would take is one ball, two needles and voila, you'd have yourself a fabulously cosy scarf in no time at all.
 
B&M sparkly wool
 
 
To be honest, when I first looked at the pattern, I did think I was looking at a completely different language. This is where YouTube came in handy, all you had to do was pop the name of the stitch into the search box and there's hundred of videos showing close-ups of fingers, needles and wool.
 
According to the label the pattern is called Ridged Feather Stitch. You'll need 1 pair of 8mm needles and 100g of wool, the stuff from B&M doesn't say what type of yarn it is but it's quite chunky. It's supposed to measure about 15cm wide and 127cm long but I assume it's just a case of the thicker the wool, the longer (and wider) the scarf? Is that how it works? You'd never guess I'm new to all this would you...
 
Cast on 17 stitches and K2 rows
1st row - K6, [yon, K1] 5 times, yon, K6
2nd row - K2, P to last 2 sts, K2
3rd row - K2, [P2tog] 3 times, P7, [P2tog] 3 times, K2
4th row - K
5th row - K
6th row - K2, P to last 2 sts, K2
These 6 rows are the pattern which you basically just repeat over and over (and over and over and over) until there's just enough yarn to K1 row and then cast off.
 
Starting to knit a scarf
 
 
Now, I had to unravel and start the thing again about five times and even contemplated chucking it out the window on several occasions; once I’d managed to do a few repeats of the pattern though, I was starting to get the hang of it and then found it quite addictive.
 
Knitting a scarf
 
 
It created a sort of holey ridged pattern which does look quite pretty but 100g of yarn only goes far enough to wrap around your neck once, not quite long enough to knot it or twist it or do anything else with it. Of course, I could have just carried on knitting with another ball of wool and made it twice as long but being a newbie knitter, that didn't even occur to me. Ah well, I certainly had good fun making it, definitely good practice and I've even worn it a few times as well!
 
Emu wearing the finished scarf
 
 
What was your first knitting, crochet or craft project?
 

4 comments:

  1. That looks great for your first time! I just bought a bunch of chunky wool on sale at Deramores if you fancied making another one :) My friend is re-learning to knit right now but only when I'm sitting across from her keeping an eye out!

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  2. Eee what a fab job! It looks great, especially if it's your first project. I tried to learn a few years back but just didn't have the patience haha. You'll be knitting cardigans and allsorts before you know it.

    xo

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  3. Ooo it's so pretty!

    My first crochet project was a rainbow granny square cushion cover, I still have it on display too!

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  4. Brilliant job lady, Emu is clearly loving it.
    And for your next trick?
    M x

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Thank you very much for all your lovely comments; I do have every intention of replying but sometimes life with a baby gets in the way...

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