Isn’t knitting great? Relatives and friends marvel at what you produce, sometimes uttering that “music to the ears” line: “Where did you buy that?” There’s nothing like the satisfaction of being able to smugly tell them that you didn’t buy it you knitted it yourself!
Part of the secret of keeping others marveling at your skill is the ability to keep up on current styles and trends. No matter how well-knitted something is, if the style is 10 years old, no one will be impressed with your work! Don’t let yourself fall behind the times! If you’re looking for something cute, stylish, and still practical, take a look at Pashmina scarves.
Luxurious fabric: What is Pashmina?
Pashmina is part of the cashmere family and is taken from the very, very fine inner layer hair of Himalayan goats. While human hair thickness is around 75 microns, Pashmina is a comparative speck, measuring only 12 14 microns, making it truly one of the very finest grades of cashmere.
So How Do I Start? Knitting Away
First, you’ve got to locate the needed yarn. Because Pashmina is a natural yarn, it’s going to be more expensive than your regular synthetic stuff. Check online, at the fabric stores, yarn specialty stores, even at consignment or thrift stores. You never know where you might find it, so be a price-savvy consumer and shop around.
Some info to keep in mind about yarn is that it is measured according to its weight and ranges from thin to bulky. Pashmina is, as you might imagine, classified on the thin end of things. Another helpful word to keep in mind is “ply”. This term refers to how many strands are twisted together to form the thread.
Next you’ll need your needles. Just like yarn, these come in all styles and shapes. For your scarf, you probably don’t need anything too complicated. A simple pair of knitting needles at the standard size should do the trick.
Finally, get your pattern and start sewing! For a basic scarf pattern, try looking at some of the knitting help sites. If you want to get more advanced, then look at your local knitting store.
But remember to keep your level of experience in mind! Not everyone is at the same level when it comes to knitting expertise, so look for something that matches what you can do. You’d hate to get started, only to be stopped by such a simple thing as lack of knowledge! The following are some simple knitting steps to get you going.
Basic Steps to Knit:
1)Begin the Adventure: Casting On
Make a slip-knot on one of the needles, then hold that needle in your left hand. With your other needle, insert the point into the slip knot, being careful to be underneath the left-hand needle. Once this is accomplished, you can hold both needles carefully in one hand.
With the freehand, take the loose yarn (still connected to the ball), and loop it over the right needle’s point. Now pull that loop through the slip-knot hole, and then put it onto the point of the left needle.
Now take a sigh of relief! You’ve just completed your first two stitches! Pull the yarn softly so as to tighten the stitch, but be careful not to tighten too much. Otherwise, you won’t be able to get the point of your needle into the stitches.
To continue on, hold the needles in the right and left hands like you did, to begin with, then insert the point of the right needle into the new stitch on the left needle and start the “loop around the right needle, pull into the stitch, put on the left needle” process again. On average, you should have about 25 stitches for your scarf. Remember, the number of stitches, or loops, determines the width of your scarf.
2)Keep Going: The Knit Stitch
The basic steps for the knit stitch include the following:
Follow the first few “Casting On” steps, up until the point when you pull the looped yarn on the right needle through the slip-knot in the left needle. Then you must take the loop OFF that left needlepoint so that the new stitch is now on the right needle.
This is one total stitch! Keep doing the same thing with all the loops on the left needle until they’ve all been transferred to the right needle. Once you’ve done this, you’ve done one full row of knitting! To keep going, just switch the needles around, transferring the left one to the right hand and vice versa. Then follow the above steps again. Simple as can be, right?
3)Almost Done! Binding Off
Your beautiful scarf is coming together, isn’t it! Just keep knitting until you’ve got your desired length, then prepare for the next big knitting step binding off.
Go ahead and knit the first two stitches of a new row. Then put the left needle into the first stitch of the right needle, and pull the second stitch through it with the right needle. The first stitch should now be completely off of the right needle.
Do this again, knitting one more stitch and then pulling it over with the left needle as before. Follow this step until only one stitch is left for the row. Then cut the yarn, leaving a 6-inch line. Make a knot with the line and tuck it and the remaining yarn into the other stitches.