Alright, I’ll be frank: I’m hurting for money right now.
I got this idea after having a ton of leftover fabric from making my “Merry Christmas” Burlap Banner last year. I loved the Christmas colors with non-traditional patterns, and couldn’t stand to see the extra fabric sit in storage all season. It was too cute!
keep in mind that after you tie them, they’ll be slightly shorter than half of their original length once they are hanging off the line.
Nothing says cozy Autumn and Winter like heavy knit clothes, right? So let’s talk about how to knit.
Sweaters, scarves, socks, hats, mittens, and more. We shell out big bucks for things that look like they’re homemade just for them to fall apart by the next season. Or, even if we do find something that lasts, it turns out to be slightly the wrong color, or the slightly wrong size, or it fits just a little weird. But we buy them anyway because how else will we get them? It’s not like we can make these things ourselves…
… Or can we?
I taught myself to knit when I was in 7th grade. It has been a hobby that I have been obsessed with on-and-off through the years but it definitely reached it’s peak in high school. Aside from bringing it during downtimes at after school activities, I eventually got comfortable enough to bring it to school with me on movie days in class (much to the amusement to my teachers. The phrase “Little Grandma” was thrown around more than I’d like to admit). I even went so far as to start a knitting club my Senior year. We met Monday afternoons in AP English teacher’s room, and hung out for an hour while knitting (or teaching others to knit).
My obsession grew to the point where in addition to starting a knitting blog– which has since been either deleted or is lost in the depths of the internet, so don’t even ask for the URL– I even spent four years on a 6 X 6 foot afghan for my Texas-native Uncle.
It is my greatest knitting achievement to date, and I doubt I’ll ever do it again. Did I mention I designed the letters and long horn logo myself using regular school graph paper scotch taped together?! The original designs are not pretty, but the outcome was be-a-uuuuuuuu-tiful, if I do say so myself.
And yes, I know. You don’t need to say it. I’m a super cool person.
Add the knitting hobby with my love for food, and my cat, and it’s a wonder how I’m single.
Despite what people think, knitting really isn’t that hard. The fact that many people learn when they’re really young should be a clue enough that it’s a pretty easy skill to learn once you master the basics. If pioneer girls did it by candle light back in the day, using yarn they spun themselves from their pet sheep Steve (I’m assuming), we sure as hell can do it now with access to things like the internet.
Enter: Me, and the amazing tutorial I am about to offer.
My #1 tip is to start with something small. Once you complete your first project, and you get that sense of accomplishment, you’ll be hooked forever.
As it’s finally scarf season, AKA my favorite time of the year, I thought it’d be a great time to pass along a fun new hobby and a way to add to your wardrobe.
Before you start, it’s important to know a few things:
- It’s going to be confusing in the beginning. You will get angry and you will throw the needles down at least once. That’s totally normal. Just make sure you pick them back up for your animals run away with it.
- It’s not going to be pretty. Your first project is never cute, is probably full of holes, and doesn’t look like the pictures. Which is why I’m not giving you a picture, because I don’t want you comparing your masterpiece to a picture that someone who has been knitting for years has made. Just focus on your project and it’ll be fine.
- No matter how angry you get, do not throw it away or rip it out. Just keep going. Learn from your mistakes. No matter what, finish the project.
Beginners 4-Step Infinity Scarf Pattern
(I recommend Red Heart or Lion’s brand. They’re both relatively soft, but also cheap for your first project. This yarn will go through a lot, so best not to waste money on the good stuff your first time out (in my opinion– some may tell you differently). Also, it’s best not to choose something super fuzzy, or with lots of extra stuff on it for your first time. You want to be able to see your stitches easily.)
Step 1: Cast on
Depending on your learning style, pick your choice of education tool:
Videos (most of these include Step 2 explanations too):
Purllinknitting Long-tail cast on
KnittingHelp.com, Long-tail cast on method (AKA, my favorite cast-on)
Absolute Beginner Class
Step 2: Knit across the row. When you reach the end, turn the needle and knit back across the row. Continue on until the scarf measures at least your height, if not longer.
“How to knit a garter stitch scarf” by iknitwithcatfur
Step 3: Cast off
Step 4: Sew together the edges.
Aaaaaannnnddd voila! You just made a Garter Stitch scarf. Toss it on with your next outfit and enjoy feeling stylish and cozy! And make sure to tweet me a picture or tag me on Instagram with your new creation.
Tonight I paid a lot of money to clumsily recreate a very stressful painting while drinking a glass of too-warm white wine that we brought to the studio ourselves.
Thankfully, however, this was after I spent a lot of money to fix the whole “I don’t have a license” thing, and the “paying for the last semester of college” thing, and then spent the afternoon of watching corporate restaurant training videos. So obviously I was feeling at my creative best and totally ready to tackle a Van Gogh.
Even though we booked like two weeks ago, our group was split when we arrived– but whatever, I’m obviously not bitter or anything. Somehow, my Mother and a family friend ended up at the very front of the room, the rest of our group ended up at the “emergency overflow table” by the door. AKA, we couldn’t see the instructor, and had to rely on our own artistic intuition (LOL) and a fair amount of guessing to mimic the real picture.
So it began with a little bit of this:
(Mosaic-glass (or weird blue bricks?)-like tentacles on an uneven light blue background, with special appearance by an egg yolk?)
Then progressed to a little bit of this,
(At this point, I named it “Two Sea-Horsies with a Lemon”)
And then progressed even more to some of this,
(Sea horsies are coming along, but are now in a mess of blue and black jellybeans?)
And then we on “Team Threshold/Team Doorway/Team Parking Lot/Team Can’t See What the F*ck Is Going On” chose to ignore the instruction of the artist who led us, and eventually it ended up like this:
(If you hold it farther away, it looks better. It’s abstract. Perspective. Squinting. Whatever.)
And if you look super closely on mine (to the bottom right, next to one of the houses/purple blobs), you can see the tiny man with his tiny fire torch in his tiny hand coming to burn down the giant Spongebob’s-Pinapple-House-esque bush.
Overall, not totally thrilled with this experience. The wine and canvas equivalent in Bloomington that I went to in March was way better in terms of instruction and studio atmosphere, and I think it really affected the actual outcome of the picture.
Because clearly I am an impeccable artist and it would have been perfect otherwise. Obviously.