Spinning A Lovely Yarn

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Warm up your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day with a cozy handmade scarf. It’s easy! We’ll show you how.

CASTING ON

Make a slip knot one or more yards from the end, as required. Keep the cut end to your left and the skein end to your right.

With the needle in your right hand and your finger holding the stitch, bring your left forefinger and thumb between the strands, hold the yarn ends and open your fingers to form a “V.”

Swing the needle point under the left strand and back through the loop on the thumb, then over and under the right strand and back through the loop on the thumb.

Remove the thumb from the loop; insert it between the strands to tighten the loop on the needle.

 

Yarn: Three balls (skeins) of RED or PINK extra chunky yarn. Try using at least a three-ply yarn that’s made of 100 percent alpaca wool or cashmere for extra warmth and coziness.

Needles: U.S. size 15 straight or circular.

Step 1: With needles, cast on 6 stitches (see illustrations).

Step 2: Knit your rows until you have your desired length of scarf.

Step 3: Bind off, snip your yarn and voila – you have a ravishing scarf for the ravishing lady in your life!

HOW TO KNIT:

Cast on the number of stitches required by your cho- sen pattern or 20 stitches if you are just practicing. Hold the needle with the cast-on stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand. Point the needles toward each other.

While holding the yarn in the back of the left needle in between your right thumb and index finger, insert the right needle from front to back through the stitch on the left needle. You will see that the needles form an “X” – the right needle beneath the left needle.

Keep the needles crossed by holding both needles with the thumb, index and middle fingers of your left hand. Do this by holding the right needle with the thumbnail on top facing you, and the nails of the index and middle fingers underneath that right needle and facing away from you. With your right hand, pick up yarn and wrap the yarn counterclockwise under and around the bottom needle. But be sure to not wrap it around the left needle.

Hold the yarn in place around the right needle in between your right thumb and index finger and guide the right needle toward you through the center of the stitch on the left needle. The right needle should now be on top of the left needle.

Pull remaining yarn off the left needle by pulling the right needle up and to the right so that the newly formed stitch slides off the left needle to the right. You will have a newly created stitch on the right needle.

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