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When you first learn to knit, I dare say you start with a square something… perhaps a dishcloth. You may knit a rectangle and continue it for a long swath and create a scarf (one day I will tell you about the sweetheart I know in her last year at Penn State who just cast off her 12 year scarf. No, I do not make these things up…)
We start our first stitches focused on a smaller project. And the moment it is off the needles we have the feeling of a gladiator, banging sword against shield and roaring “I DID IT! I DIIIIIIIID IT!” –Wait, what? That wasn’t your response? Hmmm…Oddly enough, that continues to be my only response. If it wasn’t your initial, it is never too late to implement, and I highly recommend it.
Smaller projects in knitting are how we begin. They should never be forgotten or dismissed as the quick or mindless knit of the scarf creates a useful bit of wardrobe wow! Apart from making a great piece for your closet it is a superpower tool: You become Super Person getting a Not-Yet-Knitting Knitter started on the Knitter path when you use the scarf as a teaching tool.
So the focus today is on scarves…specifically garter stitch scarves. Created from the knit stitch, you get loads of muscle memory time as a new knitter creating one of these! Turn the creation of the scarf on its side, you get to work long stretches without interruption and fewer opportunities to add an extra stitch or two at each end, which is something that often happens as a new knitter. Knitting long ways reduces the number of edges to notice that strange phenomenon…and if it does occur, cover it with some fringe!
When it is cold those cozy creations are essential, keeping you looking and feeling hot! But as you can see Kate and Hannah, both in L.A. and Andrea, in the Hawaiian Islands, can use these where they live too!
Gimme 20 knits up super fast with bulky wool, shown here in SpaceCadet Elara When Life Gives You Lemons and Dark Skies. It is a free pattern that anyone who knows how to knit in garter can get on and off their needles rather quickly.
And if you don’t know how to knit, you can learn! Oahu is a great place to start! Every single step from what needles do I use, how do I start out, how do I turn my work (believe it or not when I started knitting turning my work made my heart race and palms sweat!)…
And if you want to knit and need supplies this free pattern and videos has a supporting kit you just have to head here. The kit includes every single thing you need to knit this scarf except your two hands!
Wearing a scarf adds colour to an outfit. Andrea, wife & mom of a little guy on Kauai shows above how to keep it traditional.
Boldly try the way Hannah shows below. The soft drape of Oahu makes this bit of knitting great as a statement piece right from the top! I love how she pulls off a boho vibe!
Carrying them works too! One of our gals said: “I seriously loved how squishy it [the scarf] was that I found myself toting it everywhere. Sometimes draped over my arm, other times over my bag. It’s as awesome as having your security blanket with you, but because it is much prettier than my ratty tatty old blanket I don’t get weird looks. I get lots of ‘Can I see that?’ ‘Did you make that for real?!’ ‘I wanna try it on!’ And can I just say my blanket isn’t that ratty and beaten up, and I do resist the impulse to take it out, mostly…”
And so this Wandering Wardrobe Project Wednesday starts off simply. Making a simple garter scarf and adding it to any outfit gives it a pop! You don’t even have to get in to fancy tying and knotting for it to enhance your outfit. And the colour combos are endless! Mono-chrome is next on my list for Gimme 20! The Patterns With Class Oahu scarf can be worked up from a blue and grey and black kit for a bolder look or even from the rainbow kit that looks every bit like the rainbows everywhere in Hawaii.
Have you knit either of these?! Then join in this wandering! Simply share your photos with the #WanderingWardrobeProject and #MSkiKnits hashtags! Stretch the way you think about styling. Your stretch may be a little or a lot! But try something new and share!
Haven’t knit them yet? No worries! You can start whenever!
Next week we stick with small and add a few more faces to the mix. Want to get a jump on next week’s styling ideas? Why not try knitting the WikiWiki hat? It is a simple hat that is great for handspun yarn if you want to try yours! And at $2 it’s not going to break any piggy bank! 😉 So you have free patterns today and one for less than a cup of joe at the local cafe!
I look forward to really kicking it up a notch next Wednesday with you!
Until then, I hope the sun is smiling on you wherever you are!