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Type of item: Accessory
Style: Casual, Cute, Romantic
DK 100% acrylic yarn, US7 bamboo SP needles
What are you most proud of?
This is my first knitting project, despite a few attempts to learn in the past. So very pleased that I can knit AND that the scarf came out so pretty and neat rather than a tangled lump of dropped stitches and twisted yarns!
Because the DK yarn is much finer than Worsted (aran) weight, I had to make quite a few changes to the pattern and a lot of extra rows. Also because my neater side on the second half was the WS, I ended up purling all the lace work instead of knitting! I really had to concentrate on what the pattern was doing so I could amend it and still look similar, that really helped me to understand the pattern construction, I'm not so afraid to alter knitting patterns now!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
If you're a beginner like me, take your time, read the pattern carefully and try to understand what it each step achieves so you are in control of your knitting and can rewind when needed.
Realise it will be a slow process (took me 2 minutes to knit a row on average), you will have to undo some rows (often several times) and its worth learning how to recover your dropped stitches!
Try both continental and English methods, Much to my surprise, I discovered my natural leaning is towards English - I find it much easier - but I got neater results (and better tension control) knitting continental style!
And block! I underestimated the worth of blocking - the scarf instantly became beautifully soft, drapey and neater from a little bit of steam (being careful not to melt the acrylic with the iron plate!).