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What Started It All…Knitting

Knitting relaxes me–from the rhythm of the needles to the gradual transformation of the yarn into a chunky scarf. I love how you can take two things like needles and yarn, and turn it into something so useful and beautiful!  

How did I first learn about knitting? Well, when I was six years old, I sat down and watched my mom knit a cute, soft scarf for my cat. Yes, my cat (long story)! I was amazed as I watched the scarf grow longer and longer in such a short period of time! So, I immediately asked my mom to teach me how to knit. With her help, I soon learned. But I found it very difficult, and soon gave up trying to learn more (remember, I was six!). Then, five years later, I signed up for a co-op and discovered that they held classes for knitting. I decided that, after five long years, it was finally time to give knitting another try. So, I signed up for the classes, hoping I would stick with learning how to knit! Being 11 at this time, I had a lot more patience than I did at age six! As soon as I cast on and knit my first few rows, I fell back in love with knitting. It was wonderful. Afterward, I joined the knitting club held at the co-op.

Ever since then, I have learned so much more about the hobby, and I have shared that gift with my family and friends. I absolutely adore being able to gift something I made to someone I know, and being able to teach knitting to someone I know if they ask. I enjoy being able to sell my knitted items too. There are so many things you can do with knitting!

I highly suggest that you try knitting, or any other hobby, just remember: Don’t give up! Even if knitting (or insert another hobby) is hard for you, just keep in mind that if you keep going, and keep practicing, it will get much easier. And then, you will be able to gift your friends and family with something that you’ve worked hard to achieve. How cool is that?!

Want to begin knitting today? Great! I have designed and laid out a simple scarf pattern for you to try below. All you need to know is how to: Cast on, knit, purl, cast off, and how to join a new ball of yarn (unless you have a really big skein). Below, I have attached some videos for the knitting techniques that you will need to know for this pattern (if you don’t know them already). I know all this sounds hard, but once you begin it’s easy! So, go ahead and grab any yarn and any two needles you have, and let’s get knitting!

PATTERN: Simple Chunky Ribbed Scarf

What you will need:

  1. Any weight yarn (I am using a weight #6 yarn)
  2. Any size needles (I am using US size 15 needles)
  3. Scissors

1: To begin, make a slip knot and cast on 18 stitches.** I prefer the Long-Tail cast on, but the knitted cast on also works.

2: Knit 1 row.

  1. *Knit 1, Purl 1* the entire row. (* means repeat between the asterisks.)

4: Repeat Row 3 until your scarf is able to wrap around at least once, or until it is as long as you would like it to be.

  1. Knit 1 row.
  2. Cast off all stitches, leaving a tail at least 6 inches long.
  3. Using your yarn tail, pull it through the last stitch on your needle. Pull tight to secure your work. Then, cut off the remaining yarn tail.

And voila! Now, you have a gorgeous new scarf that you can either gift or wear yourself. Enjoy!

 

**Depending on what weight your yarn is, and what size your needles are, the number of stitches you cast on will vary. Gauge does not apply to this pattern.**

 

How to make a slip knot – https://youtu.be/jxz78TFrVX4

Long-tail Cast on – https://youtu.be/7z0vYXs6GTs

Knitted Cast on – https://youtu.be/qyByL__b2B8

Knit Stitch – https://youtu.be/5i8s-Q2bFb4

Purl Stitch – https://youtu.be/f66Rk8ZKS_4

K1, P1 Ribbing – https://youtu.be/ykoeMeeIIuc

Easy Cast off (AKA Bind off) – https://youtu.be/HZ_h9IfqejE

 

If you’d like to try another one of my patterns, check out my “Messy Bun Hat” tutorial here:

How to Knit a “Messy Bun Hat!”

 

Credit for videos goes to…..

Lion Brand Yarn

WOOLANDTHEGANG[i]

Howcast

 

About the Author/Knitter:

Name: Emma Schilling

Age: 13

 

How many years have you been apart of TPS?

This is my first year on TPS. I am loving it so far!

What classes are you taking with TPS this year?

I am taking one class, MA6 #1 with Mrs. Hudson.

What are a few of your hobbies?

I love baking, knitting, reading, playing with my cat, Tasha, and writing.

 

 

 

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