Sunday, 2 June 2013

The Afternoon Scarf - A quick and easy knitting tutorial for absolute beginners

This Afternoon Scarf has this name because you can literally knit it up in an afternoon.

This pattern is designed for absolute beginners because well, I am one! My knitting designer is a little busy today so I thought I would share with you this very simple knitting pattern but one that gives stunning results!

This scarf is using two chunky weight yarn colours that have been knitted together, just a chunky yarn in a light blue and a deeper turquoise blue.

The key to this pattern is the size of your knitting needles. You will need 20mm knitting needles which are quite large but give this scarf the stunning results you see.

To begin you need to cast on 12 stitches using both coloured yarns. To cast on is the same as knitting, so let's explain the basics of casting on and the knit stitch in one go.

Firstly you need to create a slip stitch and place that onto your left knitting needle. Then put your right knitting needle through the slip stitch you have just created.

The photo above shows the same idea.

Then you need to wrap your yarn around your right needle and down through the middle of the needles, over your stitch.

Then it gets a little more tricky. Making sure the yarn you've wrapped around isnt too loose, twist your right needle over the wrapped yarn, down and then up through the main stitch you're working.

The wrapped yarn you have 'captured' becomes your new stitch and if you are knitting, this stitch stays on your right needle and you push off the old stitch from your left needle but when casting on you need to keep the old stitch on your left needle and your new stitch needs to be moved from your right needle to your left needle, so you have cast on your first stitch.

The above photo shows the old stitch being pushed off the left needle to create a knit stitch, where you just keep the new stitch on your right needle.

So now you know how to cast on and to knit a knit stitch, at least I hope so! I'm thinking some video tutorials may be in order from my knitting designer.

So you should cast on 12 stitches.

Now you just need to knit as normal using the above technique for the knit stitch where you push off the old stitch instead of saving it. Knit to your desired length, 1 ball of yarn in each colour should be sufficient for an average lengthed scarf.

When you are happy with your length, just repeating the knit stitch over and over again on each row, you need to cast off.

To cast off knit 2 stitches as normal so you have 2 stitches on your right needle, pull the first stitch over the second and off the right needle so you are left with 1 stitch on your right needle.

Now knit another stitch so you have two stitches again on your right needle and repeat the same process. Repeat this until you have just 1 stitch left on your right needle. Cut your yarn and simple pull it up through your remaining stitch, letting go off the needle.

And now you're done! One very quick and easy chunky knit scarf with stunning results all ready for your Etsy store.

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Happy knitting everyone.

© HappyBerry This pattern can not be reproduced in any way without credit given to HappyBerry. This includes copying and pasting into another blog or website, and filming the pattern for use on YouTube. You can however print it off for personal use or for use in a knitting group. Thank you.