The minute I finished Eliza’s scarf, Jonas needed one of his own (of course!). You can tell handmade is a big value in your family when your toddler says, “You made it? So awesome!!! High five! Can you make one-a [one for] me?”
Jonas picked out the color he wanted from my yarn stash and I got to work. He also picked another color to pretend knit with (i.e. to use to spread around the house).
I decided to use making two back-to-back scarves as a beginner’s opportunity to learn something new. This time, I decided to use Stitch N Bitch: the Knitters Handbook to teach myself the ribbed stitch (really really awesome knitting book). Ribbed stitch is cool, because it lays flat (good for scarves) and creates neat vertical lines!
*It’s a 2 x 2 rib, which means that each row has a knit, knit, purl, purl pattern and the number of row stitches has to be divisible by four.
After several false starts (it took me awhile to realize that I have to move the yarn when switching from knit to purl; I wasn’t reading close enough), this puppy only took two sittings to make. Mostly that’s because it’s a toddler scarf and so was only 16 stitches wide.
Jonas loves it; both of the kids wear their scarves around even though it’s not really cold enough for them yet. It has also doubled as a pretend fish catching mechanism, lasso, and toy bungie cord. So really, it’s the gift of imagination. (Right?)
Next up: I’m kitting my friend Paul a scarf that changes colors. Working my way up in skill level so I can complete a rad blanket that I conceptualized two years ago before I realized how hard it is to change colors mid-row.
How to you learn new-to-you skills?