I know, I know, everyone starts their adventures in knitting with a scarf. In it’s most basic form, it’s just a long rectangle. My first scarf was just one long scarf done in two colors in garter stitch. Looking at it now, I can see that it’s a mess because of the numbers of stitches that I ended up dropping on accident and then adding back to try to get it even.
It's actually not bad for my first scarf and does look nice. Plus, it will go well with my winter coat.
The first pattern I designed was a scarf (yes, I may have been knitting for under a year, but I have designed a pattern already). It’s just a simple scarf with a cable running down the middle with a nice stockinette and garter stitch along the edges for my mom for a holiday gift.
First pattern I designed and my second scarf. It looks great and the colorway was awesome for this pattern.
Scarves are great for gift giving. I decided that since I was making a scarf as a gift for my mom, it’d be cool to do the same for the rest of the family. Dad’s is a basket weave in a gray and black variegated yarn from Knit Picks (like the colorway for Mom’s scarf, this one is also discontinued). My sister’s is bright pink in a raspberry stitch. Both came out great and I’m really happy with them.
All of the scarves I've made laid out together.
A close up of the scarves together. (I left mine out because I'm not sure where I put it away for the summer, haha)
So am I done with scarves for a while? Nope. A work friend got some great yarn from Knit Picks for me to make a scarf for her. The colorway is called Nevermore in their Wool of the Andes Swish Tonals in worsted weight. The scarf is a pattern I created called “Dueling Cables” that has two cables running down the center twisting in opposite directions with stockinette edges along both sides. I can’t wait to get started on it 🙂
This colorway will look awesome in the pattern and is definitely a good fit for Emily (who I'm making the scarf for)
While my mom and sister were spending the week visiting, I was able to spend a bit of down time and finish the hat to go along with my mom’s scarf as well as sew and stuff the two pillows that I made as gifts for a coworker and friends, both of which of have babies.
The hat was surprisingly easy and I think I would use that pattern again for another hat. The pattern of the yarn definitely worked well. The double pointed needles also ended up not being anywhere near as intimidating as I thought they would be.
The hat to go with my mom's scarf. It looks a bit pointy, but actually lays down flat when it's on the head.
The pillows turned out to be really cute. The only problem I have with them is that they turned out a good bit smaller than I thought they would. My gauge was a bit off so sewn they ended up being about 10in.x10in. I’m definitely looking forward to making more pillows for home with fabric that is more for grown ups.
These pillows turned out to be super cute.
So you may ask, what is my next project? Well, I started working on my sister’s scarf. It’s made with Sheep Shop’s Sheep Two (apparently it’s discontinued but I got it from yarn.com). The yarn is super soft so it’ll make a really comfy scarf, though it is a little more difficult to work with because it slides off of the needles really easily because it’s so soft. I’m making the scarf in a raspberry stitch based on this Youtube video:
Here is a picture of the first 12 rows:
Again, sorry for the crappy lighting, but you can kind of see the pattern that it makes.