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WIDN Wednesday and Little Bit About Me!

Hey Knit-Knackers (is it ok if I call you that?)!

Today I’m starting a new thing on the blog.

It’s #WIDN Wednesday!

WIDN stands for “What I’m Doing Now,” and it’s a common hashtag used by knitters on Instagram to show the current projects they’re working on. I also want to officially introduce myself and share a little bit about me, as well as welcome you to knitknacks.net!

So first things first, WELCOME! So glad you’re here.

And here’s #WIDN

widn Wednesday Copy Cat Hat pattern by Clementine Knits and Crochet

I just got started on Copy.Cat C.C (Colorado Chick)  Beanie by Clementine Knits & Crochet. 

I love her pattern title because this pattern was inspired by a trip to Colorado where she saw everyone wearing this hat. #Sotrue, girl, and #same. Last fall I saw this hat in ALL THE STORES. Every time I saw it, I thought that would be so easy to knit myself. I had planned to just improvise, and then I found this free pattern through Ravelry with all the work already done for me, so.. obvs I’m sharing it here to make you aware of it, too!

As for the current status of my hat..I’m about to frog this and start over! Haha, but also *sad face*. Did I mention that I jumped the gun, didn’t really read through the pattern, and I’ve now knit 2.5 inches of twisted 1×1 rib before just now realizing I was supposed to use provisional cast on so I could do some “fold the brim over” thing I’ve never done before? Whoops! I’ve never done a provisional cast on before, either.

At first I thought.. I’ll just stop the ribbing and continue to the hat body now..

Then I thought.. No, I have to be true to the pattern because it’s only fair.. kinda like you don’t improvise a recipe the first time you make it because then you don’t know for sure if it was good or not..

Then I thought.. Maybe I can just make my traditional cast on stitches work somehow for the foldover & join them with live stitches when I get there? 

Then I thought.. HA! Yeah right, Lexie!

So here I am. Ready to rip it out and try, try again. I can’t wait to see how it turns out! But first I have to learn provisional cast on. I’m going to try it with a crochet hook via this tutorial by Knitpicks.

And if you want to know a little bit about me, read on!

  1. My name is Lexie. Just Lexie, short for nothing.
  2. A combination of my grandmother and old magazines taught me to crochet about 8 years ago, and then a co-worker from Starbucks taught me to knit.
  3. I remember how awkward the straight knitting needles felt in my hands the first time I held them. Being an avid crocheter, I couldn’t even fathom how this was going to work without a hook on the end.  Then my coworker held up a pair of fabulous fingerless gloves (with half fingers & a detachable pull-over finger mitt) she had knit & I dramatically waived my hands around in the air while exclaiming that I did NOT understand how she’d managed to make something with dimension! My mind couldn’t fathom anything beyond a flat swatch of stockinette, and a hole-y mistake-ridden one, at that!
  4. I love to write!
  5. I’m an introvert, y’all.
  6. I never actually say y’all out loud. I heard my adopted cousin (from India, then Kansas) say y’all when she came to visit my family in Georgia once, and the awkward way it came out turned me off of the word forever! Being raised by a northerner and midwesterner myself, I don’t have a southern accent anyway.
  7. It’s too hot in Georgia for knitwear. I truly could not have picked a worse hobby for the climate in which I live.
  8. I’m currently reading Outlander, as demonstrated in above photo. But contrary to what the photo implies, I definitely don’t read it while knitting. And I definitely don’t watch the show while knitting since certain characters (ahem, Jamie) require my full attention at all times during viewing.

And that’s a wrap! Happy Wednesday, everyone, and  feel free to check out more posts on my blog, like Five Knit Pumpkin Patterns for Fall or Learn to Knit in Less Than an Hour.

Also, share a bit about yourself in the comments! I’d love to know more about you. Thanks again for reading, and I’ll check in with you on the status of my hat soon!

Seed Stitch Infinity Scarf – Easy and Free Knit Pattern

seed stitch infinity scarf

This seed stitch infinity scarf is my favorite fall/winter accessory! This is easily the hand knit item I wear the most out of everything I’ve ever made. So warm and cozy, plus it’s an instant gratification type project.

Did you catch my last blog post Learn to Knit in Less than an Hour? If not, be sure to check it out because it’s worth learning to knit just to make this seed stitch infinity scarf! It’s an easy DIY knitting project perfect for beginners that yields the most gorgeous result.

Seriously, when you wear this, everyone is going to ask you where you got it, and when you tell them you made it, they’re going to ask you to make them one, too! Enough requests and you’ll start to consider launching your own knitwear shop on Etsy. Then you’ll be buying all the stock of Lion Brand WoolEase Thick & Quick at your local craft store. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. But first, let’s learn the stitch pattern you need to know to make this fabulous seed stitch infinity scarf.

Seed Stitch requires the knowledge of knit stitch and purl stitch. If you need a refresher on those, check out this post first.

How to Seed Stitch.

To work seed stitch, cast on an even number of stitches. In the video, I cast on 12 stitches.

Row One & all odd rows: K1P1 to end.

Row Two & all even rows: P1K1 to end.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom for the scarf pattern! And here’s a video to help you get started.

 

Seed Stitch Infinity Scarf Pattern

  1. Cast On 18 Stitches
  2. Row 1 (and all odd rows): K1P1* Repeat to end
  3. Row 2 (and all even rows): P1K1* Repeat to end.
  4. Leave enough yarn to sew the two ends of the scarf together with a yarn needle.
  5. Wrap up! You have made a beautiful seed stitch infinity scarf that will keep you cozy all winter long!

 

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