Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Casting Off

I finally had the sense to switch to a size 13 needle from a size 8 after scrapping the scarf that I had started knitting as a Christmas gift to my husband's grandmother. The first scarf I knitted initially was coming along really well but in the end became a scarf for my cats. The needle size 8 was too small for the bulky boucle yarn I had been using and I was constantly picking up extra stitches or dropping stitches--quite frustrating.

So the weekend before Christmas, I picked up a pair of size 13 bamboo knitting needles from Michaels Arts & Crafts Store and an assortment of colorful skeins of yarn. With larger knitting needles and a less fancy yarn than the boucle, I was able to knit less stitches per inch and my project went a lot faster.
I started the night before Christmas Eve and knitted the entire drive from Las Vegas to Corona Del Mar (about four hours) and I was almost done by the time we had arrived at Grandma's house. Just one more hour and I was ready to cast off and add the finishing touch, the fringes.

There's a helpful video on casting off for all sorts of projects but basically you 1) knit two stitches 2) pick up the first stitch and drop it over the second stitch and off the needle (so you have one stitch left on the needle) 3) knit another stitch (so you have two stitches) and repeat step 2 until you finally 4) tie off the last stitch.
By the time we were ready to have dinner and open gifts thereafter, I had the sharf done for Grandma. (We called it a "sharf" because it was a little short in length to be a scarf and not quite wide enough for a shawl so it became a sharf." (It was a good 4 1/2 feet.) Here I am in the den proudly displaying my completed knitting project before wrapping it up.
Grandma LOVED it! She knew how much I was struggling with knitting and was impressed to see how much I had improved (which was literally overnight).


Anonymous said...

The color is nice, but how do you add the fringes? They would look cool on the scarf i'm working on.

Daly said...

THIS I can do, LOL. Steps 9, 10, and 11 illustrate how to add fringe to a scarf: http://www.wikihow.com/Add-Fringe-to-a-Crochet-or-Knit-Project