I learned how to knit, oh, last week. Well, that’s not entirely true. I’ve tried my hand at knitting before but never really enjoyed it. I decided it was time to give it a serious try.
Upside of knitting: I can knit in groups without isolating myself from conversation, as I do with reading. I can keep my hands busy while watching movies.
Downside of knitting: I cannot knit and read at the same time. Figuring how much of my sedentary life I spend reading, this is a pretty significant drawback.
Here is my first finished project. It’s cast on 36 rows, knit each row until it’s square, cast off.
I used the single cast-on (backwards loop cast-on), which I don’t recommend for a product to have a finished look, but it was easy to learn to get started. I prefer the cable cast on. Here is a great website with videos and information on casting on. http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/cast-on
So, since I made a dishcloth, I figured I was ready to venture out and make something up on the fly. That’s how I do things. I get just enough information to jump in and then hope someone has a life vest to throw to me when I get in over my head. Fortunately, I started small. This time. Knitted bracelet today, mohair sweater tomorrow!
Ok, probably not. I don’t really like mohair.
This is super easy for beginning knitters and you end up with an end product that you will use. That is if you will wear a knitted bracelet. Not everyone can pull off the Michaels clearance rack yarn look. But if you can, the basic pattern is to cast on 8, knit one row, purl one row. This is called the stockinette stitch. For a bangle bracelet, you’ll want to knit it about 9 inches long before casting off.
It’ll curl in and that’s fine and good. You don’t want it completely flat.
When you have the desired length, you can either simply stitch the ends together for a regular bangled bracelet.
Or you can fasten it with a cool button or two for a funky bangle bracelet.
There are a million variations. Use a different knitting stitch. Add two small buttons. Use a bulky weight yarn for a more imposing piece. And on and on and on. I was really pleased with how this turned out so I was ready for my next project… something different but still being quick and simple to experiment with.
Then I had an idea. What’s a doll scarf but a really long bracelet? Not exactly an epiphany but it’s all I’ve got.
This scarf is a super easy project and any beginning knitter can do it. It’s very adaptable to any size doll.
I was experimenting with this so I did each end of the scarf a little differently to see which I liked better. I started the end with all knit stitches and 4 beads. I ended with ribbed stitching and 3 beads. Turns out, I like the knit stitching but with the 3 beads. Of course. So the pattern will follow that even though the final pictures don’t reflect it.
Cast on 8
Knit two rows
Before starting the 3rd row, attach a bead. To attach the bead, take the loop from the tail (the part that leads to the yarn ball), make a loop, and send that loop through the bead.
Get ready to knit the next row. Insert your empty needle into the first stitch. Use the loop that went through the bead as your new stitch. Drop it only the needle, pull it snug, and pull through.
Knit rows 3, 4, and 5. At the start of row 6, add another bead. Knit rows 6, 7, and 8 and add a bead at the beginning of row 9. Knit rows 9 and 10.
Rows 11 and on — K2, P2 for the ribbing pattern. When the scarf gets nearly long enough for your doll, we’re going to repeat the knit, bead pattern so it matches the beginning. Knit 2 rows. At the beginning of your 3rd row, add a bead. Continue until it matches the other end of the scarf and finish off with two extra rows of knitting and cast off.
My ends don’t match, as you can tell. Good thing my daughter doesn’t mind having my awkward experiments. You should see the T-shirt to dress I made her with one sleeve ruffled and the other frayed. She loves it all the same (and I prefer the ruffle, for the record).
Taking the beading idea from the scarf, I made another bracelet that was cast on 10, knit one, knit 2, purl 2, knit 1 all the way across adding wood pony beads every so often in between what becomes the ribbing. Here is a picture of both bracelets on my wrist:
It’s hard to take a good picture of your own wrist! I had my husband help me by taking some for me, but when I looked at them, I looked thumbless in every single one. He was so focused on the bracelets that he ignored my stumpy hand posture. So this is what you get.
Anyway, jewelry and doll scarfs are great quick projects for beginners, teens, those who like the stringed look, and this guy: