Created by: MollyApple
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Very first knitted item...

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!).

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MollyApple made Very first knitted item... with:

Knit Lab: Projects, Patterns & Techniques

Online Class

Knit Lab: Projects, Patterns & Techniques

with Stefanie Japel

  • DK 100% acrylic yarn
  • US7 bamboo SP needles

Project Description

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!).

Q&A with MollyApple

Stefanie Japel asked:
I love this, it looks SO ELEGANT the way you've blocked it here.
MollyApple answered:
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback. After several false starts in the past, I am so happy to finally be able to knit, you have been an inspirational as well as educational teacher! I gave this one to my mother for mother's day, she loves it and is so proud (even though I am now 31 and not a schoolgirl bringing home her first Home Ed project, it felt similar!).
MaeInBelgium asked:
Your lacy part looks longer and larger than the other students' finished projects. Is this because you added more rows, or do you think it was the blocking? I'm asking because it looks great, and I would like to try to get the same look.
MollyApple answered:
Hello! Thanks for the positive feedback :) I think it is because of the yarn and the blocking. I knitted this project with a DK acrylic yarn instead of aran (worsted) on the same size needles as used for the aran. I added an extra two rows of stocking stitch between each row of lacework to compensate for the loss of length from using a finer yarn. My other version of this scarf was aran and the DK one definitely looked "lacier" and with bigger holes and stitches because of the finer yarn. When I blocked this I wanted to really exaggerate the lacey pattern and get rid of the "lettuce" hem look, so I blocked it really wide and flat. I didn't stretch and pin it but I used a lot of steam and gently teased out the pattern with my fingers until I liked it. The acrylic yarn went very soft and drapey as a result and really opened up. I hope that helps? :)
ChristinaC asked:
MollyApple, thanks for sharing your own technique.
MollyApple answered:
Thank you for your kind comment. I love that we can share our projects on Craftsy and inspire each other!

Skill Level

Beginner

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