I have been thinking about creating a pattern for some time now but have been kind of scared to since I’ve never done it before. I knew that I wanted to create something simple and easy enough for a beginner. I’m pretty sure there are plenty of other patterns out there like this one or even easier ones but I just thought this one would be fun. It has a lot of texture and is a good length. You can wear it long or wrapped around your neck once to create a cowl style scarf. I did have my mom test this pattern since she’s an amazing knitter and maker in general. We found that this pattern is super versatile and is super easy to change up. So huge shout out to my mom. Please check out her etsy store (as well as mine. Just click the “SHOP” link) here.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- One skein of 328 yrds medium worsted weight yarn
- Straight knitting needles US size 8 (5mm)
- Yarn needle for joining and weaving in ends
- St = stitches
- K1, P1 = Knit One, Pearl One
- Cast on 35 stitches
- K1, P1 for 10 rows working in a “ribbed” pattern. So, when you turn your work and it looks like the first st is K1 then K1, if it looks like a P1, then P1. That’s how I did it.
- Knit next 10 rows
- Continue to alternate every 10 rows until almost whole skein is used, leaving a long tail for joining ends to create an infinity scarf.
- Once desired length is reached, cast off as normal and tie off
- If you have a little tail in the beginning of work, weave in to hide.
- Fold your work in half, matching the ends together and with your yarn needle attached to the long tail, sew the ends together by weaving the long tail through several stitches, starting at one end weaving back and forth to the other end.
- Tie a knot and weave back through a couple of stitches to hide the tail and trim off excess yarn if still long.
Here are a couple of notes:
- I ended my scarf with 10 rows of knit so that when joined, the pattern is consistent. That did leave me with enough yarn to do another 10 rows of K1, P1 but not enough to leave a long tail after that. So for me, and my comfort zone, I make sure I have enough for a 8-12″ long tail. That might be too much but I’d rather know I have plenty for joining rather than find out I don’t have enough.
- Edges will be wavy. Don’t freak out if you find that your edges are wavy this happens because of alternating the 2 different stitches without creating a border or frame. I think it gave it a little added texture and turned out pretty cute.
- If you are just learning to knit I linked a couple of youtube videos of how to cast on, and how to bind off. I really like these videos the best. They are easy to follow!
That’s it! It looks like a lot of steps but it really is easy, I promise! Here is how mine turned out:
If you decide to make this scarf be sure to post a picture of how it turned out and let me know if you found it easy. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comment section. Don’t forget to check out mine and my mom’s etsy shops and favorite them so you will be up to date on what we have created. You can also follow me on instagram to see what I am currently working on. Thanks!
Lately I’ve been seeing people showing their yarn collection/storage and I thought I’d share mine as well. It may give you an idea on how to store your yarn or inspire you to try new colors. While I don’t have one of those super organized or “pretty” storage units or whatever you want to call it, I have added a few new baskets. I really like the whole “farm house” and rustic styles so that’s what I was trying to go for. It might change in the future, depending on what we decide to do with our second bedroom, but for now it works and keeps thing tidy.
So we originally got this to use in our kitchen as a pantry and storage for cutting boards, cook books, blenders, our food processor but since we moved, we have plenty of pantry space and I didn’t want to get rid of it.
I can’t remember exactly what it’s called but I know we added all of the doors on it. It have four little feet on it to keep it up off of the floor as well. But Ikea has a lot of nice storage options. The other one I was looking at was the HEMNES unit. I love that designer. Our dresser and nightstands are HEMNES too. (click this picture to go to Ikea’s website)
I just love it. It’s not too tall or bulky or heavy. It made a good little pantry/kitchen storage but now it’s perfect for storing all of my yarn and everything I need to create.
On the top shelf I have two baskets. One wire one with different colored balls of yarn, and then a distressed crate that has a few finished items in it. ( currently in my etsy store, just click the “SHOP” link!) On the second shelf I have a couple of berry baskets I got from a local farm when I bought some fresh berries, that hold buttons and a measuring tape and a few other small items that I sometimes attach to my finished products. I also have a bamboo yarn bowl, another wire basket that has a few small items such as compression gloves and patterns and then my large knitting needles. On the bottom shelf is two baskets. One with more balls of yarn and yet another wire basket that has most of my knitting needles and crochet hooks.
This is the bottom part of the storage unit. The top shelf has some random unorganized things. All of my knitting looms some yarn still in a bag that I haven’t figured out what I want to make with. A notebook with a lot of written patterns and a mesh bag (lingerie bag) that I will use to wash the yarn either before I start using it or after I’ve made something. This is the best way to wash your delicate items so they last longer if you don’t want to hand wash them. The second shelf is all yarn! Most of the yarn was given to me. Lastly, on the bottom shelf is another basket of balls of yarn. The basket was my nana’s and I wanted to use it in a more gentle way so I decided to put more yarn in it. Next to that is a bag of polyfill that I have used to stuff my little crochet monsters that I made for my nephew’s birthday one year. Then there is a small bag of random yarn.
I do have another rubbermaid container that has more balls of yarn and some unfinished projects in, but it’s nothing fancy and far from pretty. Do you have a “yarn stash”? Feel free to show me, I’d love to see other collections and storage options. You can leave a comment down below or tag me on instagram @kristyshomemade and don’t forget to follow me too. Also, if you are interested in any of my items I’m selling go ahead and click the “SHOP” link up top and it will take you to my etsy store. Thanks!
It’s been about a good year since I’ve done anything with this blog. Lots have happened since I last wrote and if you are interested I can do a blog post about everything. BUT! I have been thinking a lot about where I want this blog to go and what I want it to be about. I started this with wanting it to be about several things. I have lots of interests and ideas and tips but I was finding it a little difficult to write about them all.
So while I am still passionate about the things I have written about on here I am thinking about changing things up a bit and trying to stick with only one thing. Maybe from time to time writing about other things as they come along but really only sticking to one thing.
I have had my etsy shop for some time now and it hasn’t really gone anywhere since I’ve started it so I am really thinking and praying about whether or not I should just focus all my attention to growing my business. I really love to create and lately I have been finding myself making more and doing more with that hobby instead of doing beauty related things. I still totally love all things makeup of course and will talk about whats new and exciting sometimes but I feel like my attention has totally been focused on making things.
I know I don’t have a huge following on here but I would love to share more of what I make and how to make things. I have shared a little bit and have shared my etsy store on here in the past (just click the SHOP link) but I think it’s time for a bit of a change and redirection.
Anyway! That’s my thought as of now. If you have any input or advice for me please leave a comment and if you’d like to know about what has been going on this past year let me know! As always thank you for taking the time to read my blog!!