I am a newbie knitter. I spent January watching YouTube, trying to remember the basics my Mum taught me when I was little, and getting great support from a knitting group on Facebook.
I amazed myself that I could follow knitting patterns and actually finish something. The first item I made was a cute baby hat with a top knot.
Then I went freestyle and I made a doll.
This weekend I have completed a neckwarmer, freestyle again!
Here’s a basic outline of how I made it:
I used 2 strands of dk yarn together, and 7.5mm needles.
I started the piece by using the corner to corner method. That means that you cast on one stitch, and then increase by one stitch at the beginning of each subsequent row. I have used garter stitch, firstly because it is just knit stitch every row, making it nice and simple, and secondly because the texture makes it feel even more cosy.
I stopped increasing when my knitting got to about 7 inches wide. I continued making the rows all the same until my knitting was about 36 inches long (including the point). That was long enough to go around my neck with an overlap for the buttons.
Bind off your last row and you have a straight edge.
Fold over your neckwarmer so that the point almost meets the straight edge at the bottom corner. Sew on two buttons and make button loops from crochet chain stitch.
I put a stitch in at the bottom as well, to help the neckwarmer stay in shape. That does mean that I have to pull the neckwarmer over my head and that the buttons are only for decoration. If I had a third button to match I could’ve used that instead. This was just a trial piece and I will make another one with three buttons.
I hope you have found this easy to follow. As I said, I’m a newbie and I’ve not written a pattern before.
Please ask me questions if you would like me to explain more. Let me know if you try my pattern for yourself, and please link back to me if you share. Many thanks!
Note: the stripes are because I used up odds and ends of yarn – so this would be a great stash buster.