Remember how I said I might go to a movie today…yeah, that didn’t happen. The friends that were planning this got the dates wrong, so that’s probably happening next Tuesday. Instead I’m showing you the project I promised to show you guys…and you get a free pattern! 😀
My mom loves knitting, I another hand never have. I’d rather crochet. But after this project I actually started liking knitting 🙂 It was not a smart project to learn how to knit on…believe me, lots of frustration happened but it ended successfully.
I am really sorry for the crappy pictures. My phone really doesn’t like the coral color I used so it’s the best I could do. It looks pretty good in person. I promise 🙂
Like my Pinterest in the background? 🙂 See the cowl has a really nice leafy pattern to it. It wasn’t too hard to make once I got the hang of it. It’s made with mostly knits, purls every once in a while, yarn overs to create the holes (it’s really easy, you just wrap the yarn over the right needle once before doing the knit that comes right after), and creative placement of a few types of decreases. The decreases are simple to get the hang of, just look up the names of them (there’s a key included with all the stitch names :)) on YouTube.
Link for the pattern: www.sweaterbabe.com/142-drawstring-lace-cowl-free-pdf-knitting-pattern/
Since most of the patterns are one’s you have to buy, you do have to put it into your cart and check out. You don’t have to provide any information outside of your email and a created password…I think. It’s been a while since I first got it. A link is emailed to you that you can access any time.
Tips on making this cowl:
- If you are a first time knitter keep in mind that when you are doing the yarn overs and looking at the graph of the pattern, the yarn over and the knit drawn next to it count as one. The yarn over is not counted when counting stitches. Just ignore it and count the knits only. (This messed me up sooo bad the first few times I tried knitting….until my mom explained this concept :P)
- I suggest having a row counter or at least a piece of paper and a pen next to you at all times to keep track of what row you’re on. It helps a whole lot.
- Don’t be upset if it doesn’t work out when you first try. Just undo it and try again. You aren’t paying for trying again after all 🙂 and no one has to know 😉
- There’s a whole lot of repeating in this pattern, just keep this in mind (it can either be a blessing…or boring :))
- You can make they pom poms easily with just cardboard and the yarn you knitted with. If you don’t know how to make them this seems like a simple tutorial. There are a whole lot of ways to make them so just google it 🙂
- If you want it to look like the photo in the pattern use a bulkier yarn. Something similar to the yarn listed in the pattern. I used a thinner yarn and it turned out smaller and thinner than in the pattern. I still like it, but it could be nicer bulkier 🙂
Once it gets cold enough to wear the scarf I’ll update this post with a photo of me wearing it, you can’t really tell what it looks like from my photo 😛
I hope you like this pattern 😀
PS I’ve got a surprise for you guys on Friday 😉