In the summer before seventh grade I learned how to knit at a week-long girl scout class. (Not to be confused with camp Make N’ Bake, which my mom still makes fun of me for taking so seriously). Other than the super basics of knitting, what I remember most about that week is how hot the room was and the girl next to me starting her first period. But I got really into it. I even finished a scarf that barely made it around my neck.
Recently I had the urge to knit after seeing soft yarn on sale and rubbing it on my face. I decided to try out an infinity scarf just to see if I still remembered how to knit. I chose a mint green yarn because it’s spring but still gloomy and rainy every other week…or day.
I know as little about knitting as you can get away with while apparently still finishing a project: casting on, the basic knit stitch, and binding off. This scarf is ultra simple, and I rediscovered how relaxing and therapeutic knitting can be. I like that you get to just sit and think while still being productive. Because I’m not advanced enough to consistently look up from my needles, I put on a couple of interesting podcasts while working. Overall it took me 3 weeks to find the time to finish, but if I condensed that time it would actually be about 4-5 hours, and that’s with my basic skill level.
What I did: Using thick needles (size 10), cast on 60 stitches. Knit away to desired length! (Mine was about 2 feet). After binding off, save a long length of yarn before cutting to use to sew the ends together. This gives you less pieces to work in and makes the seam look smoother. Once you weave the ends together and tie, cut excess yarn and show off your new scarf!
Because I am the queen of starting new projects and
occasionally not finishing them, I’m still riding a high from actually finishing this project! So excuse the awkward selfie.