Knit one Purl one

You know I’ve been spending the Olympics binding quilts but I finished the last one Saturday night and decided I needed a project for the Closing Ceremonies and to carry with me on my trip.

Inspired by all the knitting I’ve seen going on in blogland I decided to start a scarf. It’s simple, knit in seed stitch but I’m pretty slow at switching back and forth between knit and purl for each stitch. I wonder how much I’ll have done when I get home Saturday??

Speaking of knitting, what’s your FAVORITE simple rectangular shawl pattern? I don’t like to knit complex patterns especially since I have pretty basic knitting skills and like to let my mind wander when I’m knitting but want something more elegant than garter stitch.


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16 Responses to “Knit one Purl one”

  • em's scrapbag:

    Congrats on binding all your quilts. You deserve a gold medal. Can’t help you with the knitting. I just do hats on the looms you buy in the craft store.

  • grace:

    I’ve done some dishcloth patterns and you can prolly translate those to scarves .. hmmm .. I think I googled knitted dishcloths and got a million hits ..

    congrats on your finishing and your knitting will pick up speed as you move along :)

    have fun on your trip

    grace

  • Anonymous:

    I, too, have recently started knitting … so many people were into those quick/easy scarves with the fancy yard. I’d love to learn how to knit sock and/or mittens but am focusing on really simple stuff right now. Can’t help you with a simple shawl pattern but I would think any stitch on larger needles would give you an open, lacy effect … you just need to cast on as wide as you want it and make it was long as you want it. You could finish off the edges with a simple crochet stitch or hand-tied tassles … neither is that difficult. Flatlander (Linda)

  • Dianne:

    Hi, Mary,

    I haven’t made one yet, but here’s a handsome scarf that’s in my queue: http://www.helloyarn.com/irishhikingcarf.htm

    Can’t wait to see the finished scarf…love that blue yarn!

  • Sara:

    Here are instructions and a photo of a scarf by YarnHarlot. http://tinyurl.com/263jku
    It attracted me because there is a four stitch repeat thatis the same in both directions. It’s going to be my next sitting-in-meetings project.

  • tami:

    A prayer shawl is nice. Easy and airy if you use fine yarn. http://www.shawlministry.com/instructions.html

  • Susan:

    This is a simple rectangular shawl…knit 3, purl 3 and that’s about it!http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/khs-prayerShawl.html

    You can also check out this site for lots more shawl patterns… http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory/shawls_stoles.php

  • Sheila in Ohio:

    I was on a shawl kick (pattern search) this past w/e. The prayer shawl you could basically make any size you want. There don’t seem to be many square shawls out there that are not time-intensive or lace-like. I love Eliz. Zimmerman’s Stonington Shawl, but it would prob. take me the rest of my life to do it. Also love Cheryl Oberle’s book -Folk Shawls- (library).

    In the end, if it had to be square, fast, and easy, I’d buy some dynamic yarn and enlarge a diagonally-knitted baby blanket (free at LionBrand).

  • Deb in AZ:

    Not a big fan of knitted items but remember one I liked. When Martha Stewart was in prison one of her “mates” gave her a knit shawl. That was a pretty one! Did Martha ever post the pattern?
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7119356/

  • GailM.:

    I love to knit, but I'm not a fan of changing colors. So I usually knit aran style of sweaters. I bought this pattern, The Great American Aran Afgan pattern, which will be my project for next winter. I just love it. I also have the other one called the Great American Afgan from the same website. http://www.stitchesmarket.com/xcart/customer/product.php?productid=6462&cat=214&page=2

  • GailM.:

    I think I have that Martha shawl pattern. I think it was a free pattern by lionbrand or some other yarn manufacturer. If you want it let me know and I’ll look for it.

  • Leanne NZ:

    I have never made it but a lovely easy shawl – like Tasha Tudor wore is at this link.
    http://www.woolywest.com/notebook_shawl.html

    Love Leanne

  • Evelyn aka Starfishy:

    That seed stitch IS very slow! I knit LB an entire baby blanket before he was born – he still uses it – beautiful, but time consuming for sure. Keep at it – the results are well worth it.
    Cheers!
    Evelyn

  • Anonymous:

    Here is another link to some free shawl patterns (and other free knitting patterns too). I especially like the first shawl in the list, and plan to make one.

    http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns-shawls.htm

    Michele in TN

  • Anonymous:

    At the link below you can see tons of pictures of feather and fan shawls (see my comment above for pattern source) made by folks using the free pattern. Beautiful!

    http://flickr.com/groups/feathernfan/pool/

    Michele in TN

  • Carol E.:

    I love that beautiful, blue yarn. For a shawl I’d suggest looking up prayer shawls (easy google search). They’re easy and beautiful.

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