Sian and I, accompanied and assisted by Sian's daughter Emma, attended the local Girl Guides last night and taught a session on knitting. Most of the 21 girls had never knitted before, but they were great! We covered casting on (start as you mean to go on, I always say!) and basic straight knitting. We had some samples of a little mobile phone cover and I had typed out the wee pattern for that and a little purse. They were really enthusiastic and by the end of an hour, all were knitting!
There were a few left-handers, so we were 'mirroring' what we did, and they all managed to form the loop, knit 14 cast on stitches on, then knit several rows. I have sent them all off with a pair of knitting needles, a ball of wool and the pattern - although it is more for inspiration than for the actual instructions.
We are returning next week to help them finish off, sew up and - if time permits - to make a little flower for embellishing. They are interested in coming along to the exhibition and the leader said she may organise an outing so they can come along. If so, I can put on a workshop for them - such fun!
Irish Hiking Scarf pattern
approx. 350 yards of worsted weight yarn
size 8 US needles and a cable needle or one double pointed needle
(Feel free to use chubbier yarn and/or larger needles to make a giant scarf. It will look just as lovely!)
Finished size, approx. 5 ½” x 55”
Cast on 42 stitches.
Row 1. (WS) K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2
Row 2. (RS) K4, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K4
Row 3. (WS) repeat row 1
Row 4. (RS) repeat row 2
Row 5. (WS) repeat row 1.
Row 6. (RS) repeat row 2.
Row 7. (WS) repeat row 1.
Row 8. (RS) K4, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K2, P2, C6F, P2, K4
Repeat these rows to desired length, ending on row 7. Bind off.
C6F = Slip 3 sts. onto a cable needle and hold to front of work. K3, then K the 3 sts. off cable needle.
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