I used to knit a lot in my younger years, then it wasn't cool as a teenager and I dropped it. But fast forward a few decades (actually a handful of decades) and I have picked it back up again.
I know you will read about this in my "about me" page, but thought I would give you a quick back story. I work from home selling arts and crafts, bookkeeping, article marketing and many other things. I was diagnosed with sleep apnea after a bout of insomnia and was told to stay away from the computer after 6pm and faithfully use a CPAP machine.
If I watch TV, it is to be far back and nothing to intense. So, this stopped my nighttime marathons on the computer, and now as I sat and watched TV to relax or just listening to music, I decided I needed to become a bit more productive at something. Anyways I decided to pick up the knitting needles again, but wanted something very very simple, that would not require constant monitoring of stitches and ease my way back into knitting again. I didn't want to be stressed with intricate patterns or having to count stitches. So, this was my first project. A blue soft scarf.
I wanted something soft, but not too heavy as I really wanted to wear it with my lighter spring coat. So, this particular wool feels like soft mohair, but is washable and pretty easy to work with. You can get it online. It is called Patons Lace Yarn Porcelain. But there are many other colours. This yarn is 80% acrylic, 10%mohair, and 10% wool. It is a nice soft light touch. I only needed one ball and still had some leftover for a headband, but that is another post.
In actual fact you can use any yarn you like!. I am just showing you this, as this is what I used for my project. I had not knit in over 30 years, so it felt a bit foreign at first but it comes back quickly! If you can do basic stitches such and knit and purl, you can make lovely scarves. I used the "stockinette" pattern which is knit one row then purl the next. But you could just use the knit stitch all the way especially if you purchase multi-coloured yarn as you barely notice the stitches the colour adds the drama. Remember, I wanted something lightweight, so this worked for me.
I x 85g ball of Paton Lace Yarn (Porcelain)
Cast on 30 stitches, using size 6MM needles
Knit one row
Purl next row
Thats it! Simple. Keep knitting until the scarf is long enough to your tastes. I created a very long one as you can see in the picture as I wanted to wrap it around at least twice. I chose not to add fringe, I wanted easy plain and simple knitting. This particular yarn has a light fuzz to it, which is soft but not too hot to wear and easy to wrap around.
The only problem with the stockinette stitch, is that your work tends to curl into a tube. You will have to press it lightly when you are done. DO NOT PLACE IRON DIRECTLY ON WORK... I used a damp tea towel and then lightly ironed it. Yes a bit of a pain but it worked.
WEAVE IN ENDS
If you have a darning needle or a crochet hook simply weave in ends from your start and finish to hide them, do not trim them too short or you risk you work unraveling, so simply weave them in.
If it has been a long time since you knitted you can get a refresher on YOUTUBE or books. But once you get the hang of it, it is something you can add to your relaxing regime in the evening or anywhere with no counting or pattern watching. You don't need to buy a pattern book for this project, just a ball of yarn and knitting needles.
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.