Introduction: Chunky Cross-Stitch Knit Scarf
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Here is simple pattern for a knitted scarf using "Thick & Thin" yarn!
This is a great way for beginners to learn the Cross-Stitch knitting technique, as mistakes are easy to hide in the Thick & Thin textured yarn.
Step 1: Materials
The finished product will vary depending on how loose/tight you knit. My scarf is approximately 5"-6" [13-15cm] wide by 59"[150cm]+ in length (without stretching it).
Feel free to get creative and change up the materials! Keep in mind that an increase in needle size or the number of stitches will requires more yarn and so forth.For the scarf, you will need:
-Yarn [Approximately 180 yards of Thick & Thin]
-Knitting Needles [Sizes 11 and 13, or 8mm and 9mm]
-Crochet Hook or Yarn Needle (to weave in ends)
-Knowledge of the following basics of knitting:
~Casting on (Any method)
~Knit in back loop
Step 2: Let's Begin!
Using the smaller needles (size11/8mm), cast on 29 stitches.
Step 3: The Cross-Stitch Pattern
We begin the Cross-Stitch pattern on a "purl" row (the stitches facing you should be horizontal hash marks - - -). Knit rows and Purl rows alternate.
Slip the first stitch as if to knit. Bring yarn to front.*
+Purl the second stitch on your left needle. Do not remove the stitch from the needle. Purl the first stitch on your left needle. Remove both stitches from the needle.
Repeat from + to last 2 stitches. Purl 1, Knit 1.
*I pulled the yarn under the needles, but you may find you like to bring it over and between them.
Slip the first stitch as if to knit.
~Knit the second stitch on your left needle by knitting in the back of the stitch. Do not remove stitch from the needle. Knit the first stitch on your left needle. Remove both stitches from the needle.
Repeat from ~ to last 2 stitches. Knit 2.
Continue alternating Knit and Purl rows until you reach your desired length (or run out of yarn!)
To cast off, Purl your second to last row onto the larger needles (size13/9mm). Cast off on the following knit row with the larger needles.
-When removing the two stitches from the needle, pay close attention! This way, you won't accidentally leave one and add a stitch, or drop a stitch.
-If you do accidentally add a stitch, the Thick & Thin yarn is fairly easy to hide mistakes with. Feel free to knit 2 stitches into one to bring your stitch count back to normal (I actually did this a few times!)
-Try to stay calm and knit loosely. It is very easy to knit too tight, which can make this stitch very difficult! You may find that the knit rows tighten up, so you may compensate by making your purl rows nice and loose.
-If you are more of a visual learner, here's a link to a great video (with a very dramatic soundtrack):
Step 4: Finishing Touches!
Weave in ends and admire your work!
Hopefully this project has helped you improve your knitting techniques!
For those wondering, the yarn I used is Loops & Threads' "Horizon Tweed-Thick & Thin-Bulky Roving" in Cream. The yarn is 90% wool, 7% acrylic, and 3% viscose, and I used three 60 yd skeins of this textured yarn for my scarf. You can see in the pictures that this yarn had a wide variety of hues and reflects differently in different light, which makes it a great choice for projects that need a neutral/variable color!
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