A Knitter’s First Pattern

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After you have mastered (or at least become familiar) with the basic cast-on, knit, and purl stitches, your next step will be an exciting one: actually making something! It’s a good idea to start with something simple, and work your way up. Here is a simple pattern that you should be able to complete with the skills you’ve already learned.

Washcloth OR Scarf
Supplies:
– Size 8 knitting needles
– 1 ball/skein worsted weight yarn

Cast on 40 stitches.
Row 1: Knit all the way across.
Row 2: Knit all the way across again!
Row 3: Knit all the way across….again…
Row 4: Knit all the way across one last time.
Row 5: Knit the first 5 stitches, purl the next 30 stitches, knit the last 5 stitches.
Row 6: Knit all the way across.
Repeat Rows 5 and 6 until the length of your project is the same as the width (so it’s a square) for a washcloth, OR keep going until it’s as long as you want it for a scarf.
Repeat Rows 1-3, and then cast off.

Now, I am going to re-write the SAME pattern above, but with typical abbreviations that most knitting patterns would use:

Washcloth OR Scarf
CO 40.
Rows 1-4: K.
Row 5: k5, p30, k5.
Row 6: k.
Repeat rows 5-6 until desired length.
Repeat rows 1-3, cast off.

Whoa! Casting off! What is that?! (Don’t worry, I gotcha. Watch the video below.)

But before that, here is a picture that should help you see what you are shooting for:
knit

Blue arrows: point to the 5 stitches that you always knit on the edges, creating a border.
Orange arrow: points to the first 4 rows that are all knit.
Red arrows: point to the middle section that is knit on the front (right) side and purled on the back (wrong) side; also known as “stockinette” stitch, or abbreviated “st st.”

Below are some more close-up shots. Happy knitting! Please post any questions or comments!

20130403-085151.jpgAbove: Front/Right side

20130403-085158.jpgAbove: Back/Wrong side

20130403-163213.jpg Finished product: Right side

20130403-163220.jpg Finished product: Wrong side

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