What a week! I promise not to stray too far from the scope of this blog, but I’m so excited to tell my lovely and gentle readers about my trip to NYC to promote KnitFreedom to the media.
Today, we’ll talk yarn. And gorgeous men.
I left at the crack of dawn on Monday, and flew to Chicago, where I phoned with my web-mistress about the website and published the quick iPhone cozy pattern.
Then, on the plane to New York City, the most gorgeous guy walked onto the plane. Then he sat next to me!
“Be awesome. Be awesome. Be awesome,” the helpful voice inside my head said.
As I chatted with him about the mini-guitar he had brought on the plane, and where he was from, I took out my Magical Beginner Scarf and began to knit.
When he asked, “What are you knitting?” I explained that this was a beginner scarf I was using to show that anyone can learn to knit.
It took him about five minutes until he said, “Okay, so show me.”
Men really are fantastic at learning to knit! They’re not afraid to make mistakes, and they don’t get scared when they mess up.
Nico was a great student – I came away with a wonderful appreciation for Argentine men, and for the power of a garter-stitch scarf.
A garter-stitch scarf (where you knit every stitch, on every row) is like vanilla ice-cream: the ingredients must be sublime for the product to shine.
For my trip to New York City to meet the media, I had a challenge – I really wanted to turn heads, but it had to be with just a plain ol’ garter-stitch scarf.
Normally I don’t prefer to knit with 100% alpaca – it is almost too warm, a little fuzzy, and doesn’t hold its shape as well as wool.
But for a garter-stitch scarf, the handpainted colors really shone, and the stitch pattern had plenty of structure on its own.
Magical Garter-Stitch Scarf Pattern
To make your own Magical Misti Alpaca scarf, buy 3 skeins on Hand Paint Chunky, cast on 20 stitches using size 10 1/2 needles, and knit until you drop.
If you’d like me to teach you to knit, just watch my learn-to-knit videos here.
In them, I show you step-by-step how to start from the right end of your ball of yarn, cast on, get comfortable with your needles, and knit your very own scarf.
Related Pattern: Mary’s Bulky Italian Garter-Stitch Scarf
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