Sunday, March 1, 2009

DIY Sunday - Knit A Scarf

For three previous DIY Sundays, we've been learning to knit. After those three lessons, you now have all the skills you need to knit a scarf.

You will need:

Straight knitting needles, US size 10
Yarn - I used Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Brush Paint - 1 skein (that's yarn talk for a bunch) for the scarf and some extra for tassels.

A word about yarn choice: Knitting a scarf is easy. You just knit back and forth. Differing yarns are what result in the wonderful variety of stylish scarves you see out there. For a first product, pick a yarn that you love, but which doesn't have too many frou-frous -- eyelashes, sequins, etc. Those will make it difficult to knit. The Baby Alpaca Brush Paint is lovely because it is very soft and looks fancy when knitted up.

OK. Here's the pattern:

Cast on 25.
Knit in garter stitch (that's just knitting the knit stitch over and over) until you near the end of the skein, or whenever the scarf is at a length you like. You need 2-3 feet of yarn left to bind off.
Bind off.

That's it. Now you have a scarf.

If you want tassels, here's what you do:

I have to say, I find Knitting Tips by Judy to be quite lovely. She's not British, but can't you just picture a knitting lesson by a sweet, but slightly stern, Granny?

My sister is happy to wear her new scarf!

Next week: Well, I'm not sure ... but it will be some non-knitting-related DIY fun!

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