Knit Garter Cowl

By Thursday, October 10, 2013 , , ,

Knitting was something I always wanted to learn how to do but up until a few years ago, it was a mystery to me. Here is something I learned how to make last winter. I am no where near an expert but this was a fool proof cowl. You can also check out my cowl here on Kollabora.

As you know, infinity scarves are all the rage so this is a perfect scarf.

Lemongrass and Charcoal

What you need:
1 Skein Lionbrand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Yarn (P.S. I buy this yarn at JoAnn's with a 50% off coupon so it ends up costing me around $4 a skein or $4 a cowl!!!) 

This entire scarf is knit in a garter stitch. If you have any knitting knowledge, then you should be aware that the garter stitch is the most basic of all stitches.

This is a helpful video from PlanetPurl

However knitting the garter stitch with circular needles is a little different. Instead of inserting the needle into the back for every row, you alternate between inserting into the back for one row and then inserting it into the front for the next row. Now if you were doing this with straight needles, this would create the stockinette stitch. (SO if you knit into the back for every row with circular needles, you'll end up with a garter stitch pattern.)

This pattern will use the whole skein of yarn which is awesome as you won't have yarn scraps around.

How to:
Cast on 60 stitches
Place a stitch marker and join in the round.

This video is from WynnKnit

Row 1: Knit all stitches taking care not to twist the stitches
Row 2: Purl all stitches

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern. 

When almost all you yarn is gone (a few yards left) cast off the stitches.

Weave in your ends.

This is a mindless scarf and it takes a few hours so it's a great scarf to make for Christmas or birthday gifts. 

I recommend if you have any questions on knitting to head over to youtube, I have learned so many stitches and techniques through videos over there!

Good Luck!