Knitting can sound scary for non-knitters and beginners. With the many different stitches to learn to create various patterns, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. The real deal, however, is different. Know how to do the knit stitch and the purl stitch, the two basic knitting stitches, and you’ve fought half the battle because these two are the stitches from which all the other knitting stitches are based.
If you already know how to make the knit and purl stitch, you can now start working on a knitting project. Start with small projects and projects where gauge is of little or no importance. Proceed with bigger projects when you’re already comfortable with your knitting.
A knitting project that a beginner can start with is the tube scarf. Tube scarves are multipurpose scarves that can be worn as a regular scarf, hood, or cowl. You can either use it as protection from cold or as a fashionable accessory. As tube scarves are worn loosely around the neck, gauge measurement is not that strict. It is a perfect project for beginners that will leave them proud and satisfied with their work. If you want to know how to knit a tube scarf read the steps below:
- Row 1. For the first row, cast on 30 stitches and knit stitch all the way across the end of the row. While stitching, check the stitches that you’re making. The goal here is to make the tension uniform on both sides of the row.
- Row 2. For the second row, purl stitch all the way across the end of the row.
- Succeeding rows. Except for the casting part, repeat the instructions for row 1 and row 2 for the succeeding rows. Do this until you have 2 ½ feet of yarn left.
- Last row. When you’ve come to the last row of the scarf, notice how the stitched yarn curls inward. Remember how all knitting stitches are based from knits and purls? Well, congratulations! You’ve just made a stockinette stitch! Bind off your stitches to secure them. Weave in the ends with a darning needle.
Don’t be afraid to go a little wild and use a flimsy or furry yarn on your tube scarf. Using textured, lacy, or complex yarn is actually recommended for making knitting projects with simple patterns. Patterns with simple stitches benefit from intricate yarns by making them their highlights, as oppose to complicated patterns where the patterns are the main focus.
Although tension or gauge is sometimes not critical in beginner projects, like in this tube scarf, you’ll eventually have to consider it as your knitting level progresses. An effective way of controlling tension is by wrapping the yarn around your dominant hand and gently tugging the yarn after every stitch. This technique enables you to make sure that each stitch is as loose or as tight as the others. Make sure that you don’t tug too tightly or else you will have a hard time getting your needle through the stitches. It may be difficult at first, but you’ll soon get the hang of it.