I get bonus points for having a relatively tidy house AND cleaning out multiple closets, but considering the giant pile of junk heaped up in my front room (pending storage or a trip to Goodwill), I can't really boast about having actually completed those tasks just yet.
Anyway, I learned to knit back in 2004 when working with my friend at her now-defunct craft store (one of the most fun jobs I've ever had!). I'm still not very advanced, primarily because I don't spend enough time working on the skill AND I refuse to knit in the summer. However, I can knit a mean scarf and have done a little knitting on multiple needles (hats and the like). Mittens, gloves, socks, and sweaters are still too advanced for me, and I fear taking on a big project because I'd hate to spend HOURS on it only to find I completely jacked it up somehow and have to start over.
So... for now, I stick to the basics.
|Super Easy Infinity Scarf!|
Using a heavier weight yarn (gauge 2"), cast on 133 stitches on US 13 circular needles (29"). Use a place marker before you start the first row. Being careful not to twist the stitches, seed stitch (knit, purl, knit, purl ad nauseum) for about a hundred years until the scarf reaches the desired width. Cast off in pattern and weave in ends.
This is a longer/fuller version as pictured above. For a smaller, more cowl-like version, cast on 101 stitches and follow the same pattern.
This pattern is super easy if you just want to zone out and stitch without having to remember which row you're on. Knitting on the round is also nice because you don't have to switch hands after every row. You can fiddle with the needle size, yarn weight, and gauge to get a looser, wispier scarf if you prefer - just remember to increase the stitch count based on how the gauge varies.
Now that we've got a crazy arctic cold front blowing through the continental US, it's perfect knitting weather... so get to it!