Knitting Newbie

Mom says I’m doing well for a newbie. So far, all I feel comfortable doing is a simple knit stitch, but you can make quite a variety of pretty things just using that stitch, just varying the yarns and the needle sizes.

firstlastHere is my first project (the long one) and one of my latest (the ruffly one).

The Dr. Who-ish scarf was made with Lion Brand’s Amazing ™ Wildflowers worsted weight yarn. Three skeins, minus the messes I unraveled because I was just learning. It’s really a bit longer than I’d like, but I think I cast on fewer stitches than the pattern asked for, because I didn’t really expect it to come out well, so I just kept knitting for practice. Oh, and I used #9 needles.

The ruffly one looks very difficult but is very easy. Not just easy easy, easy peasy! Also made with #9 needles, but I bought bamboo needles for these, because the loops want to slide off of metal needles, and the wooden ones hold it better.

firstlastcloseI made one of these for my pal Jane (Hi, Jane!) and one each for daughters #1 through #4, inclusive. For #1 and #3, I used Premier Starbella; #1 had Wheat Fields because she likes yellow and #3 had Autumn (shown in my pictures) because her 20-yr-old son told me, “Mom mainly wears Earth tones.”

Jane and daughters #2 and #4 had Red Heart Boutique Sashay; Jane had Tutu, #2 daughter had Twist, and #4 daughter had Turquoise.

I’m still working on the goofy project: the one I bought ONE skein of yarn for when the project called for FOUR. Well see how that turns out. I have my little ideas on that subject….

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character takes up a new craft and swamps his or her friends and relations with the products.




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Knitting Newbie

  1. Jane

    January 31, 2013 at 10:39am

    Hi, and thanks again for the scarf!
    I am wearing it almost daily to go out and feed the cats 🙂
    It keeps me so warm, and, I am sure, very stylish, as well.
    P.S. I have not polled the cats, but they do not seem alarmed, so it’s all good!

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      Marian Allen

      January 31, 2013 at 11:00am

      I’m glad to hear it’s warm. It looks so delicate, it’s hard to believe it’s also functional. And any scarf one can wear around cats without ending up as a chalk outline with somebody muttering, “Looks like she was strangled with her own scarf,” is a plus.

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  2. Sarah Park

    February 3, 2013 at 4:35am

    I love knit stitching. This is one thing I miss doing since I’ve become very busy with some other stuff.

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      Marian Allen

      February 3, 2013 at 8:48am

      Sarah, I carry my knitting with me when I know I’ll be waiting somewhere, and to meetings. I knit when people are visiting, because I can knock off the knit stitch while focusing on conversation. I’d miss it, now, if I couldn’t ever do it ever. 🙂

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