Wednesday, November 15, 2006


Learning to knit was one of the many hand craft skills I learned as a little girl. But I gave all of my extra Hobbies up in favor of only quilting. I have done well ignoring the calls of all of the other things I like to do.. except this. I started knitting again about 3-4 months ago. It was the lure of the beautiful yarns, I swear!

This is a scarf that is being made from varigated Merino Wool in a Fan and Feather Pattern.

And I am also making a shawl in the same pattern out of varigated Alpaca. I love this yarn. It is blue with hints of purple and it is really soft. I can easily sit down in the morning while waiting to leave for work and knit a couple of rows.

The pattern is a REALLY EASY lace pattern. Knit a row, purl a row, then knit a pattern row, and another knit row. Then start over.


It is free on Knitpicks.
Row 1 - Knit
Row 2 - purl
Row 3 - K1 - K2 together (3 times) Yarn over knit 1 (6 times) -2 together 6 times. Continue in the pattern for the last 7 stitches, then K2 together 3 times, and K1.
Row 4 - Knit.

Yarn over when in a knitting stitch, means to bring your yarn to the front, and knit the stitch. This leaves you with an extra stitch. When you knit the next row it leaves a hole on purpose. You don't end up with extra stitches because you are doing an equal amount of Knitting 2 together.

I have tried knitting a more difficult lace pattern, with lace weight yarn. I must say that this was much more fun and more productive with fingering weight yarn. Maybe I will try a lace weight again at some point. It just seemed that I knitted forever and had this tiny little amount to show for it. And with the more difficult pattern, I couldn't pick up the pattern because the yarn was so thin. I'm thinking maybe a LONG time from now I will try it again.


Jeri said...

I'm going to have to get you to explain that to me - I like the pattern but I get confused. I can K and P, but that's about it.

Jeri at

Scrapmaker said...

Very pretty! So far I have resisted the lure of yarn. I barely have room to store my quilting fabric...Jen

Debra Spincic said...

I am shopping at my mom's yarn closet and trying to resist the temptation to learn to knit. She is a knitter extraordinaire but not very creative past the pattern. I have been crocheting and it is a fast pick me up hobby too.

Love the lacy look of your shawls.

Fruit Jar Nicky said...

I've wanted to learn to knit for some time now. I've had a couple people try to teach me, but all my friends are lefties. No luck. Just as well though.....I could easily become addicted to yarn.

Happy WIP Wednesday!

Rian said...

Yarn is all the rage now! We even have a yarn shop in the little farmstand on the corner. The yarns are gorgeous and I want to learn knitting. I never understood it, although I can crochet. I bet if I went to that yarn shop they'd teach me how.

QuiltingFitzy said...

Knitting has totally gotten my attention of late. I'm on my 3rd pair of socks in about as many months.

I learned to knit in 6th grade. Started with a 12 stitch headband, then to the ski headband, then to a scarf. I've knit a couple of Christmas stockings years ago, but now I've conquered dpn's and I'm off to the races!

diva of quilts said...

Wonderful job on the knitting! I've also been lured in by the beautiful yarn, but it mostly just sits in one of those 20-gallon plastic crates (actually overflows, I should either start knitting or buy a new crate)