My friend Mary taught me how to knit last December when I was in Vermont. Initially, I didn't think I would be able to get the hang of it - but it's really pretty simple. There are a lot of very complex patterns but you don't have to know them to be able to produce a really awesome cowl, scarf, or blanket.
I came across this super chunky knit blanket on Pinterest. When I finally figured out where I could purchase it I fell out of my chair. It was almost $200. I was like, "Oh, I can totally make that." (Not quite ;) but close!)
I searched high and low for a super bulky weighted yarn but couldn't find a skein as thick as I needed (imagine yarn as thick around as your ring finger). I found something close though! This site is good for all types of yarn but has a wide variety for super bulky weighted yarn that I like. I prefer the bigger yarn because the projects tend to move along faster.
I bought three skeins in grey, light and dark brown (pictured above). Right now I'm working on a blanket using the seed/moss stitch. Super simple. You can find tutorials on how to get yourself started/casting on, basic knit stitches (knit stitch, purl stitch), how to knit with more than one color, and how to end/cast off.
Apparently, the only two types of stitches in knitting are the knit stitch and the purl stitch. You just use them in various ways to make different types of patterns. Another thing; if you can only do the basic knit stitch - that works, too! You can totally make a scarf using only the knit stitch.
This girl is my favorite - and where I learned the seed stitch. Herringbone is the next stitch I want to learn.. looks like a real doozy.
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