Saturday, September 18, 2010

So you want to learn to knit...

I remember my first knitting lesson, given by some patient coworkers around the lunch table.  I couldn't get over how awkward every movement felt!  ...trying to hold the needles, put tension on the yarn, and actually knit a stitch...I was a mess!  I have lived to tell that it all became a lot easier with practice. Now I would actually call knitting natural. It is one of my very favorite things to do! So, if you've decided to learn to knit this fall, let me encourage you to keep it up!  Here's an easy pattern to help you practice some of the basics.  And, if you're already a super-stellar knitter, I hope you'll enjoy this quick knit.

Free Cowl Knitting Pattern -
Yarn: Reynolds Smile  Color: Grey/Pink
Weight: Super Bulky
Yardage:  124 yards/ 100g 
Needles: Size 13/ 9mm
 You will also need two buttons and a tapestry needle.
CO = Cast On
BO = Bind Off
Sts = Stitches
K = Knit
P = Purl

CO 25
(P3, K1) 8 times, K1
(P1, K1, P2, K1, P3) 3 times, K1
(P3, K2, P3) 3 times, K1
(P2, K3, P1, K1) 3 times, P2, K2
(K2, P2) 6 times, K1
Repeat Rows 1-5 until your work measures about 27 inches.
BO all sts

Once you have finished knitting, all that's left to do is to use some yarn to sew the buttons to your cowl as shown below.  You can fit the buttons through your knitting at whatever location works for you (no button holes required).  

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Still not sure you're ready to become a knitter? Purchase this handmade knit cowl here

Copyright © Shannon Brown, 2010.  All rights reserved.  This pattern is for personal non-commercial use only. Thank you!