Last year, I decided that I wanted to learn how to knit. My friend Merav had just finished making herself a beautiful herringbone knit cowl and I thought, "What a great skill to have!". Wouldn't it be nice to make exactly what you want in the color of your choice? I embarked on a knitting project that took me 10 months to finish! It wasn't difficult, but I was so slow at the beginning! Then, it was summer so I decided to put it aside. Christmas began to approach rapidly and, since this was a scarf for Josh, I finished it up as quickly as possible. Merav helped my bind off and tuck the ends in just in time on Christmas day while Josh made a lovely, holiday feast.
I found the pattern for the Ashford Shawl on the Lion Brand Yarn website which has tons of free patterns and a great store for all your knitting needs here in NYC. I used the Fisherman's wool in Oatmeal and size 8 needles which is what was recommended for the pattern as follows:
Cast on 91 stitches.
Row 1: Knit 1, Purl 1, Knit 1 Purl 1, repeat until the end of the row
Row 2: Knit
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until almost all the yarn has been used and bind off.
**lessons learned: Apparently, I knit this entire project purling incorrectly! I got really lucky and the pattern was easy so it is unnoticeable. If you need a refresher, there are plenty of videos on you tube on how to knit and purl. If you don't know how to knit, have a friend teach you first and then use the videos as a reminder. It's hard to learn from the videos themselves if you've never held needles and yarn in your hands before.
**lesson 2: Don't teach other people how to purl incorrectly!! Merav will yell at you and rightly so! Sorry Stephanie!
~~Thanks to Merav for taking so many great pictures of the scarf on your dress form!