A step by step guide to knitting the cozy Therese Scarf.
Ever gotten half way through a project and thought “Hang on, am I even doing this right?”
We have 🙋♀️
That’s why we’ve created these step by step overviews to help guide you through the knitting process. At each stage we’ll show you how each section of your piece should look, and at the end, how to sew it all together. Voilà!
If you're a total knitting newbie - WELCOME! Learning to knit can feel like learning code. We've stripped away the complicated jargon and tried to keep things really simple. 🧶
Before we get started on the pattern it’s a good idea to learn the basic stitches you’ll need to complete your masterpiece. You can use the yarn that came in your kit to practice with, just be gentle with the yarn - it’s super fine so will break if it’s worked too hard or too many times. We’ve put the below video together to cover the basics. Learn how to cast on, do a knit stitch, a purl stitch and put them together to create a 1x1 rib stitch, lastly we learn casting off. Once you've got these mastered you'll find this pattern is a cinch!
💭 For more detailed videos of each technique, head down a little further where we've got specific videos for each stitch type.
🏅🧶 You got this! ⚡️💪
Remember learning a new skill can be a little hard at first and you’re bound to find yourself making some mistakes along the way. But as with learning anything, your brain and your hands slowly start to get the hang of it, muscle memory is created, and soon the thing you found tricky/daunting/scary is like second nature!
If you get stuck, reach out to us and we'll give you a hand! 😎
TEST YOUR TENSION
It’s a good idea to check that the tension (how tightly or loosely your knitting is) is in line with what we need. We knit a “tension swatch” to make sure the tension is juuuust right. It's a bit like goldilocks, if the tension is too tight, your jumper will be too small, and if it's too loose it may not hold it's shape and might be too big.
If done correctly, your 10x10cm swatch should be 8 stitches and 13 rows. To test this, jump on your 12mm needles, cast on around 12 stitches, then knit around 15 rows. Then use the card that came in your kit to measure 10x10cm and count your stitches and rows to make sure you're knitting at the correct tension.
We knit our Chunky Mohair double strand. This means you have two strands on the go at once. To start with, we suggest pulling one tail from one ball and one from another. As you get more confident you can work with one ball if you like, you'll just use both ends of the ball.
💭 🚨 Now, a little word of caution when knitting with two strands. It's a lot easier to put your needle through your stitch in the wrong place when you're knitting with two strands. If you do this you'll end up with more stitches on your needle than you've cast on 🤯 We recommend counting your stitches every few rows as you knit to make sure you haven't added any rogue stitches. If you have, and it's picked up quickly, you can knit two stitches together on the next row to get back to your correct number of stitches for the piece.
Here's what that looks like when you cast on.
Lying flat your scarf will measure 220cm long by 30cm wide.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Your kit comes with everything you need to knit your masterpiece.
- 12mm circular needles
- 6 balls chunky mohair yarn
- Darning needle - this is used to sew your masterpiece together and weave in loose ends
THE TECHNIQUES YOU’LL MASTER
We recommend using the two needle technique. Two needle cast on uses your two needles (surprise!), starting with a slip knot on your left needle, each stitch is knitted to form a new loop and this loop is then added to your left needle. You repeat until you’ve made the desired number of stitches. To see casting on in action watch our "Master The Basics" video above.
💭 Casting on, like many things in knitting, can be done in a number of ways - our suggestion is a simple technique but you can pick any that’s right for you.
This handy little stitch makes up the backbone of most knitting patterns. Each knit stitch looks like a little ‘v’.
The second most common stitch, purl stitches look like little bumps (or purls!). Where you knit a knit stitch with your yarn tail at the back of your work and your needle going into the back of the stitch, the purl is the opposite, so your yarn tail is at the front of your work and your needle goes into the front of the stitch.
This simple stitch is created when you knit every row. Easy! And the best part? It’s reversible, as there’s really no right or wrong side.
1x1 rib stitch is a textured pattern usually used on the cuffs and necks of jumpers and the end of scarfs. It’s made by alternating knit and purl stitches in the same row, then knitting the same stitch sequence in the next row. When doing your rib stitch it’s important to make sure your yarn is on the correct side of your needles (at the back for knit stitches and at the front for purl stitches). To see rib stitch in action watch our "Master The Basics" video above.
To cast off, knit two stitches then slip the first stitch on your right needle back over the second stitch and off the needle. You’ll have one stitch left on your right needle. Knit another stitch so you’ve got two stitches on your right needle and then slip the first stitch off. Continue to the end of the row. When you’ve got the last stitch on your right needle, cut the yarn and thread this through the final stitch to secure. To see casting off in action watch our "Master The Basics" video above.
OKAY, LET’S KNIT UP A STORM!
You’re going to have a blast knitting the Therese. She’s a super simple pattern, perfect for those picking up the sticks for the first time. Choose the order you’d like to knit your colours in and then change as instructed.
STEP 1: CASTING ON
Okay, so first we need to get our stitches onto our 12mm needles. Do do this we use a method call "casting on". We start with a slip stitch and then knit the stitches onto your left needle. The video above demonstrates this.
STEP 2: GARTER STITCH
Time to dive into the garter stitch. You'll knit every row, back and forth, until you've completed 20 rows. Don't forget to tick off the rows as you go.
STEP 3: FIRST COLOUR CHANGE
Time for your first colour change. We recommend changing colours at the end of a row, not the middle. This will keep your piece neat. To change colour just tie the new colour around the end of the old colour and start knitting with your new colour. You can tighten the knot at the end and then weave in the loose ends with your darning needle.
STEP 4 - 13: GARTER STITCH
Continue to follow the pattern, knitting each row and changing colours as instructed. You got this 💪🥳
STEP 14: CAST THAT BABY OFF
HOORAY! YOU'VE MADE IT!
It's time to cast off your stitches and weave in the loose ends. You. Are. Done.
We'd 💕LOVE💕 to see how you go! Share your masterpiece with us by tagging @cardigang_knits on Instagram or by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Until next time! 😘🧶
Morgan & Cat xx