Maddie’s Cowl…A FREE Pattern!

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This is my sweet daughter, Maddie, age 10. She recently got it in her head to knit something for her teachers at school. At first she wanted to knit a scarf. But as time was of the essence, she decided to turn her scarf into a cowl, adding two buttons. She was very particular about the yarn she wanted: two colors, one fluffy, one not.

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So off we went to buy yarn.  Came home to begin work. She decided how wide she wanted it.  She hadn’t knitted in a while, but it didn’t take any time before row after row of lovely fuzzy stuff began to take shape.  I was truly amazed at how she intuited her knitting! For example, she didn’t let the fact that holding two yarns can be a bit tricky…she just kept on looking for both colors every time she made a stitch. She also announced to me that when she counted her stitches at the end of her rows, sometimes she found she had an extra stitch or two. Her solution? “I just knit two of the stitches together until I have the right amount.” Wow! She figured that out completely on her own!! She also said that when she had too few stitches, she would knit the white yarn and then knit the red yarn, making an extra stitch. Her own solution as well….brilliant!

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I walked her through button holes without a hitch and she bound off the cowl beautifully…not too tight. So many things she just naturally knew how to do…a born knitter! (Can you tell I’m proud of her???:)

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When I asked if I could offer this as a FREE pattern to others, she said SURE! The title is taken from one of her favorite characters’ lines in the movie Despicable Me.  Agnes says, “It’s so fluffy!!!!” referring to her stuffed unicorn won at the fair. An appropriate title for this little pattern.

To download her design, just click on the blue words there, OR you can access it from my FREE Patterns page here on my blog. You might have time to knit one of these before Christmas! But definitely in the New Year…winter will be with us for a couple more months!

*I would love to hear from you if you are knitting or crocheting any of my patterns, free or not! And if you sent a photo, I’d love to see it too! So would Maddie! Just leave a comment on my blog. 🙂

**Merry Christmas to all and a very Happy New Year!!

“Scarf Flowers”

I named these little cuties, “Scarf Flowers”, because they are made, literally, from tiny scarves.  You do not need fancy stitchwork (though you may want to learn that later:), you do not need to turn cartwheels or somersaults to create lovely little flowers.  I give you two scarf flowers here…perhaps you can come up with your own!  Share them with us on our Group Flickr Site…we’d all love to join in your fun!

Scarf Pinwheels

Mini-scarves: Make 2 or 3.  I used size 6 needles and DK weight yarns.

Cast on 4-6 sts (stitches).

Knit across each row for 36 rows.

Bind off.

Weave in ends.

Assembly:

Take 2 or 3 mini-scarves and criss-cross them like this:

With a yarn needle and a length of yarn, sew a colorful button into the center, securing both the button AND the mini-scarves together.

Using the yarn ends from this sewing, sew the Scarf Pinwheel onto your knitted/crocheted piece in desired place.

Tie knot to secure ends (if desired).  Weave in ends.

On the other side of this scarf, I sewed ANOTHER BUTTON on to “hide” the sewing of the pinwheel flower.  I did this AT THE SAME TIME I sewed on the pinwheel.

Scarf Rose

Make ONE Mini-scarf from above, EXCEPT knit only 24 rows.  Leave long end (12″ or so) after binding off.

Roll up scarf to form rose.

Using long end threaded through a yarn needle, secure rose by sewing through thicknesses.

Then attach rose to knitted/crocheted piece in desired place.  *If you add a leaf or two (see below), you may wish to secure the Scarf Rose to the leaves FIRST, then to the knitted/crocheted piece.

Tie knot to secure ends (if desired).  Weave in ends.

Leaf

Make as many as desired.

Make mini-scarf as instructed above, EXCEPT only knit 8-10 rows.  This will create a shorter rectangle that can then be thought of as a diamond shape.  When sewing leaf onto rose, or daisy, sew one corner of the leaf to give it this leaf-like diamond shape.

To make your leaf a little larger, cast on 6 stitches and knit for 10-12 rows.

**Note:  There are many ways to make leaves, but they require knowing how to increase and decrease stitches.  I may, at some point in the future teach you these two very valuable techniques.  But the scope of this blog is to show you just HOW MANY things you can make with the most basic knowledge.

Here’s what I did to the OTHER side of the rose cluster.  This hides the sewing mess you usually end up with when sewing on embellishments.  It can be a bit tricky remembering to attach a button on the other side, but the results are well worth it!

ATTENTION! ATTENTION!

You can create these Scarf Flowers and Leaves in ANY SIZE you so desire!!

Option 1:  INCREASE the weight of your yarn and size of needles and you’ll have larger flowers and leaves!  Conversely, DECREASE the weight of your yarn and needle size and you’ll have smaller flowers and leaves.

Option 2:  INCREASE  the number of stitches in Step One of Mini-Scarf instructions.  This will thereby enlarge your flowers and leaves.  You will also need to increase the number of ROWS you knit to accomodate the increased width.

Pocket It!

Making your scarf into a Pocket Scarf is a very simple process:

*You might need to knit 6-8″ more to allow enough length for one pocket, twice that for two pockets.

1st: Fold up an end about 6″-8″ or however deep you want your pocket to be.

2nd:  Using a yarn needle and matching color yarn, begin at a corner and WHIP STITCH the seam together.

*WHIP STITCH: Insert threaded yarn needle up through edges of both seams, pull yarn through, then “whip” it around to insert the yarn needle up through the edges again just a little ways farther up the seam.  Pull the yarn snuggly, but not too tight! (I seem to say this a lot, don’t I?)

I suggest tying knots at the beginning and at the end to secure the seam. You can always come back and untie these knots before weaving the ends in.

3rd:  Weave in ends.

Repeat these 3 steps on the other seam.

Voilà…Instant Pocket!  You may wish to make the other end of your scarf a pocket also.  This is super for kids, but some adults love having their book or Kindle handy.

**You can also embellish the fronts of the pockets with buttons, ribbons, “scarf flowers” and such! See tutorials for all of these HERE. (Coming Soon!)

The BKS (Basic Knitted Scarf)

The French call it Le Foulard.  Doesn’t that just sound lovely? Everything sounds lovelier and full of magic in french! Le Foulard.  Let your guttural “r” at the end just be whispered (the “d” is NOT pronounced) and you have it!  Le Foulard.

Well, that’s what we have here…a lovely, yet very simple scarf for you to be knitting.  CLICK BLUE WORDS TO DOWNLOAD PDF.

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And you can also access it via the pic in the right-hand margin.  This pattern is written in my usual style of attempting to give you everything you’ll need to succeed.  And, as always, it gives you tons of Variations on a Theme…how to make the scarf your own by adding decorations (yarnies call them “embellishments”), making it a pocket scarf, using different weights of yarn and different size knitting needles, and ways to wrap it around your neck.  Here are a few of them:

These are only a few ways you can tie your scarf.  So many possibilites, so much versatility!

In the upcoming posts, I’ll show you How-2 create all the variations listed in the pattern.  You have now, CONTAINED IN THIS BLOG, everything you need to complete this simple scarf.  There are tutorials for how-2 cast on, knit, change colors, bind off, and weave in ends.  It’s the one-stop-spot for all you need to knit a scarf, and eventually for everything you’ll need to create SO MANY things out of scarf-like pieces of knitting and crocheting.  Yes, crocheters, I WILL get to you.  Just hang in there.

AND, consider variations on your scarf: make it into a Pocket Scarf, add Fringe, Flowers, and other Embellishments.  Click on each highlighted word to view photo tutorials.

When you’ve finished your scarf, I’d love for you to take a PICTURE and put it on our Group Flickr Site, which you can also access in the right-hand margin.  Let’s all share our projects to inspire each other.

Happy Scarfing!

Making the Garter Stitch

Have you been knitting?  Oh, I hope you have!

And did you know, that as you knit back and forth, row after row, you are creating the lovely and wonderful Garter Stitch!  I’ve always wondered why they call it “garter” stitch?  Could it be because the ridges look a good bit like the ruffle of a ladies garter??  I dunno. Hmmm…

I’ve been knitting too!  Here’s how mine’s going…

See all those Garter Ridges?  Each Ridge is created from two rows of knitting.  Later on, when you get into reading patterns, you may find a pattern asking you to make x amount of garter ridges, and you’ll know that for each ridge, you’ll knit two rows.  Pretty cool, huh?

Here are some perks about garter stitch:

1.  It’s so pretty and puffy.

2.  It looks amazingly different when you use different size needles. (More on that later).  Everything from tight & textured to loose & lacy!

3.  IT LAYS FLAT!  No curling at the ends or sides! (Like Stockinette Stitch will do. Don’t worry about this stitch yet.  You’ll be making it in no time…as soon as you learn to purl:)

4.  It looks the same on BOTH sides of the knitted fabric.  No “right” or “wrong” side.

5.  Has a lovely “give” to the fabric…meaning it stretches nicely.

A friend of mine, who has NEVER knitted, took some needles and yarn on a family trip to Ohio for the express purpose of trying to learn to knit from my instructions here on Drawn2Knit.  And I was SO tickled to hear this report from her today:

“I started in the car.  Cast on about 50 stitches just to practice.

<My son> and I worked through it together.  There is the whole: how do you hold the needles?

What’s too tight and what’s not? Does this look right?…  but we rejoiced when we figured it out!

Great fun to do together!”

Oh yay! and hurray!  I was so tickled to hear this.  She did say, though, that some of my photographs with the green yarn directly behind my hands, made it a bit difficult to figure out what was going on.  I will remedy this soon!

If you’re just starting out, do keep on trying!  Some of the questions my friend had at first, ie. am I holding the needles correctly?  Is this too tight? Does it look right?  These are all questions that will iron themselves out as you practice, practice, practice.  AND you can always go to your LYS to get some expert eyes to look at what you’re doing and help you.

Do whatever it takes, just keep it fun!  If you find your shoulders up around your ears, STOP!  Put the knitting down, roll your shoulders, get up and stretch a bit, grab that mug of coffee or glass of wine and sit down to your knitting once again.  You’ll be amazed how a little break will help you see better, knit better, feel better!

Have fun!