Knitting Tips by Judy
The following patterns are all easy for beginners:
THE STOCKINETTE SCARF
The stockinete stitch will give you a beautiful finish and will tend to roll into itself for an interesting effect. Because of the roll you should make it wider than you actually want it to be OR make it wide enough that you can fold it in half and sew a seam in the back or on one side. Usually an adult scarf is 6" to 8" wide. This would be a good way to practice your knit and purl stitches, and if you want to practice adding color you can make stripes or blocks of color.
TIP: If you change colors make sure all the yarn is the same weight..
PHOTO OF SCARF
For this baby scarf I used a small amount of Lambs Pride Superwash from a 3 ½ oz ball.
With #7 needles cast on 14 stitches.
Work in Garter Stitch (K every row) for 6 rows. TIP: this will keep the ends from rolling if you don't add fringe.
Change to Stockinette Stitch (K 1 row, P 1 row) till it's about 34 inches long (or however long you want it to be).
Bind off loosely.
NOTE: I added a few rows of another color for interest and to match a little hat.
OPTIONAL: To make fringe wrap yarn around a cardboard measuring 6 ". Cut at one end so the strands will 3" long. Fold strand and with a crochet hook, pull through the bottom stitches. Trim to be even. TIP: Babies don't really need fringe to put in their mouths.
STRIPED BABY HAT (More advanced)
With size 8 circular needle cast on 48 stitches.
Work even with MC for 10 rows.
Switch to second color and K one row.
Continue alternating colors till about 4" and start decreasing as follows:
Row 1 dec every 18 sts.
Row 2 dec every 16 sts.
Row 3 dec every 14 sts.
Continue decs. Till only 6-8 sts. Cut yarn, put through large eye needle and pull through.
Cut a few strands to make a tassel.