Knitting I: Learn the Basics with a Simple Scarf skillshare originals badge

Davina Choy, Yarn Wrangler at Sheep & Stitch

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11 Lessons (46m)
    • 1. Trailer

      1:14
    • 2. Introduction

      3:01
    • 3. Materials: Needles and Yarn

      6:54
    • 4. Technique: The Cast-On and The Knit Stitch

      6:43
    • 5. Technique: The Purl Stitch

      3:04
    • 6. Technique: The Cast Off

      3:11
    • 7. Scarf Project: Knitting and a Quick Fix

      6:23
    • 8. Scarf Project: Rescuing Dropped Stitches

      6:22
    • 9. Scarf Project: Casting Off

      2:03
    • 10. Scarf Project: Finish with Optional Fringe

      6:17
    • 11. More Creative Classes on Skillshare

      0:33
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Project Description

Knit a comfy garter-stitch scarf with optional fringe

Project Description

You'll knit a simple, comfortable garter-stitch scarf of any length. This is a fantastic beginning knitting project that alternates the two most fundamental stitches: 1 knit row and 1 purl row. You'll also have the option to add fringe.

Milestones

  • Introduce yourself and share why you're interested in knitting.
  • Gather your materials and share a few words about your choices.
  • Document and share your project process, including (but not limited to) initial stitches, practice, and quick fixes.
  • Share an image of your final piece and a few words reflecting on your process and new skills.

Project Specs

  • Scarf can be customized to any length, width, and color.
  • Upload an image of your final piece as a .jpg.


Tools & Materials

  • Knitting Needles
  • Yarn
  • Scissors

Note: The video lessons include specific guidance about materials.

  1. Share your motivation

    Introduce yourself and share a few words about why you're interested in learning to knit. Consider the friends, relatives, or inspirational projects that sparked your interest.

    Share: A few lines or pictures about why you want to knit.

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  2. Share a few words about your chosen materials

    What did you choose for needles and yarn? Consider weights and colors, and speak to how you'll eventually use (or perhaps gift) your scarf.

    Share: A few words or images about your chosen materials.

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  3. Share updates on your scarf progress

    Start your scarf! Refer to the PDF pattern in the additional resources, rewatch video lessons, and post photos of your piece as it grows.

    Remember: start slowly and carefully, and you'll soon build up speed and technique. Once you have a sense of your speed, consider making a knitting schedule.

    Share: Post a series of updates on your progress using words and images.

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  4. Share your final piece

    Congratulations on your first project! You now have a fantastic scarf to keep for cooler days or gift to a friend.

    Share: A few images of your final scarf and a few words reflecting on your new skills.

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Additional Resources

  • This one-page PDF garter-stitch scarf pattern is perfect for total beginners.

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  • Davina invited a friend to model the scarf. It looks so comfortable!

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  • The History of Knitting. Explore more about the history of knitting with these two image-filled blog posts by Davina. Part One covers the craft's mysterious origins, and Part Two reveals surprises about Madonnas, stockings, and more.

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  • KPC Yarns. Short for "Knit Purl Crochet," this online retailer is Davina's go-to for yarns! Use the coupon code "skillshare" for 10% off all orders until August 25th, 2014.

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