Saturday, February 4, 2012

Knitting for Him--Tutorial!

So, I knit *two* chunky scarfs! I tried to make them short, because a long scarf will get in the way if you are trying to work or move around. One is a regular wind-around-your-neck scarf, and the other has a convenient pull-through space on the end, that you can feed the other end through. :)
Do these scarfs look a little...bland? Did I mention these scarfs were experiments for a boy? Yes a boy. ^_^ They were supposed to be for Christmas, but valentines day is just as well, yes?

So, if you are at a loss of what to get your guy for valentines, here is the pattern for these two scarfs. They knit up quick, so don't worry! You still have time!

I used chunky yarn and size 13 knitting needles for my experiment.

The first scarf is just a knit knit, purl purl pattern, with a little bit of cable about half way up on each side.
Cast on 10 stitches
First row: Knit all the way accross
Back: P2, K2, P2, K2, P2

Front: K2, P2, K2, P2, K2
continue until desired length, then bind off--OR


If you want to add the little cables:
Row 1: move first stitch to cable needle (front), K1, K1 (from cable needle), P2, move next stitch to cable needle (front), K1, K1 (from cable needle), P2, move first stitch to cable needle (front), K1, K1 (from cable needle)
Row 2 (back) : P2, K2, P2, K2, P2
Row 3 (front): K2, P2, K2, P2, K2
Row 4 (back): P2, K2, P2, K2, P2
Row 5 (front): move first stitch to cable needle (front), K1, K1 (from cable needle), P2, move next stitch to cable needle (front), K1, K1 (from cable needle), P2, move first stitch to cable needle (front), K1, K1 (from cable needle)

Row 6 (back) : P2, K2, P2, K2, P2
Row 7 (front): K2, P2, K2, P2, K2
Row 8 (back): P2, K2, P2, K2, P2

Row 9 (front): move first stitch to cable needle (front), K1, K1 (from cable needle), P2, move next stitch to cable needle (front), K1, K1 (from cable needle), P2, move first stitch to cable needle (front), K1, K1 (from cable needle)
Row 10 (back): P2, K2, P2, K2, P2

I only cabled three times on the front, the cables won't appear on the back because they are purl stitches. (cool, huh?)

After row 10, resume

Back: P2, K2, P2, K2, P2
Front: K2, P2, K2, P2, K2
until you reach the other side, and then cable in the same place on the other end of your scarf, so when your significant other wears your handmade beauty, both cables will lay symmetrically. 
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The other scarf is more of a neck deal, with a cast-off part to pull the end through. 
Cast on 10 stitches 
Row 1: K2, P2, K2, P2, K2
Row 2: P2, K2, P2, K2, P2
just repeat rows one and two...

After knitting 12 or so rows (just eyeball it) you are going to make the slit. How do you do that? Well, its simple! 
Make sure you just finished a P2, K2, P2, K2, P2 cycle (row 2)

Then.... K3, and cast off last knitted stitch, so you now have two stitches on your needle. Continue casting off each stitch until you have only two stitches left on your left needle and two stitches on your right needle. Knit the last two stitches normally (do not cast off).

Next row, P2, and cast on 6 stitches, and then P2 the two at the end.

Resume from Row one. Congratulations, you have created a hole in your scarf :P 
Row 1: K2, P2, K2, P2, K2
Row 2: P2, K2, P2, K2, P2
Just repeat rows one and two until your scarf achieves desired length. Then, bind off, weave in ends, and rest easy that you don't have to worry about what to get your man this year for valentines :) 
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