THE AUBREY EVERYDAY SCARF © Project Weekend Creative LTD. 2022
A PROJECT WEEKEND LEARN-TO-KNIT PATTERN
Each of our Learn-To-Knit patterns include easy to follow, step-by-step instructions and how-to video tutorials.
O nce you complete knitting the Aubrey Everyday Scarf, you will have mastered all of the basic elements of knitting. You will know how to make a slip knot, how to get your yarn on to your needles, making a knit stitch, turning your work, binding-off your stitches and weaving in your yarn ends.
This project was designed with simplicity in mind. Simple projects with lots of repetition allow you to get into a nice rhythm so your brain, hands, needles, and yarn can learn how to work together. At the heart of it, repetition builds stitch mastery and knitting confidence!
NATURALLY SOFT, NOT CHEMICALLY SOFTENED
We created our LOLL yarn with a special blend of premium Merino and Baby Alpaca fibers to create soft-as-a-kitten warmth and squishiness. Sustainably grown and 100% naturally soft, (not chemically softened). LOLL is grown in the beautiful highlands of Peru and Argentina, and spun in a Fair Trade Certified facility.
PROJECT SKILL LEVEL : LEARN TO KNIT
This pattern is designed for anyone picking up knitting needles for the very first time. We guide you step-by-step on how to get yarn onto your needles, teach you the foundational knit stitch and how to finish your work in a way that looks ultra professional.
TECHNIQUES YOU WILL LEARN
- How To Hold Your Needles & Yarn
- Making a Gauge Swatch
- The Slip-Knot
- Casting-On Stitches (using the Longtail Cast-On Method)
- The Knit Stitch
- Binding Off
- Weaving In Loose Ends
TIME TO MAKE
Finished Length: 26.5"
Finished Width: 6"
14 stitches in knit stitch x 22 rows = 4" x 4" square
AUBREY EVERYDAY SCARF KIT CONTENTS
- 1 Ball of Project Weekend's LOLL, Each ball weighs 125 GR. (4.4oz) and has 125m (137y).
- 1 Pair of 7mm / US 10.75 knitting needles
- 1 Card with link to the online pattern & our knitting video tutorials library
- 1 Knitters' sewing needle
- 1 "PROJECT WEEKEND x ME." woven label
TECHNIQUE TUTORIAL VIDEOS & ILLUSTRATIONS
We've made learning easy! Easily reference our library of tutorial videos and step-by-step illustrations with just a click of your mouse. Look for tutorial links embedded throughout the pattern, and when in doubt, just click and learn!
Let's familiarize ourselves with how to hold our needles and yarn.
WHAT IS IT & WHY MAKE ONE
A gauge swatch is a little test square of fabric that you knit before each project using the exact stitches in your pattern. Once complete, it will tell you if your knitting tension is too tight or too loose for the pattern that you are creating. This is a great tool because it helps you make sure that what you are knitting will measure out perfectly to the pattern you are creating and ultimately fit right.
Gauge swatches only take a half hour of time to make... many times less. Yet, a lot of people either rush through this process or skip it all together because they're so excited to get into knitting their project.
Please learn from our experience.....there is nothing more frustrating than knitting something only to realize (after many invested hours) that if only we had made a gauge swatch, our beautiful piece wouldn't have ended up fitting two sizes too small.
If you are new to knitting, think of the gauge swatch as a great opportunity to learn how to knit stitches before starting your main project.
Every knit project will have gauge swatch instructions. The pattern details and materials list will indicate what size needle you need for each project and it will state how many stitches per row by how many rows you need to knit in order to create your swatch and achieve the correct gauge.
As you can see in the Project Details section above, The Aubrey Everyday Scarf requires a 7mm sized knitting needle and you will need to cast-on 14 knit stitches and knit 22 rows to achieve gauge. Once you complete this, your finished swatch should measure 4” x 4” (10cm x 10cm).
STEP-BY-STEP : MAKING A GAUGE SWATCH
1. With a yarn tail approximately 20” long, create a SLIP-KNOT and place it onto one of your knitting needles. This slip-knot is considered your first stitch.
HOW TO MAKE A SLIP KNOT
2. Holding that needle in your right hand, CAST-ON another 13 more stitches using the LONG-TAIL CAST-ON METHOD. You should now have 14 stitches on your needle.
HOW TO CAST-ON USING THE LONG-TAIL CAST-ON METHOD
3. Hold the needle with the stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand. KNIT into each of the loops across the 14 stitches. This is row 1.
HOW TO KNIT THE KNIT STITCH
4. Switching needles again, hold the needle with the stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand. This is called TURNING YOUR WORK and you will do this each time you knit to the end of a row.
5. Repeat Knitting each row until you have completed a total 22 rows
6. BIND-OFF your stitches. **Do not cut yarn after binding off, you'll be unravelling and using this yarn for your main project.
HOW TO BIND-OFF (CAST-OFF)
7. Lay your swatch flat and measure the length and the width.
SWATCH TOO SMALL
If your swatch comes out smaller than 4”x4”, it means you are knitting too tightly, so unravel your swatch and start again, this time loosening up your stitch tension a bit.
SWATCH TOO BIG
If your swatch comes out larger than 4”x 4”, you are knitting too loosely, so tighten up your stitch a little bit when knitting.
SWATCH IS JUST RIGHT
Once you create a swatch that measures 4”x 4”, Congratulations! you have found your gauge tension for this project. So go ahead, unravel that swatch (you're going to need that yarn for your scarf!) and begin your knit project.
WHAT IF MY MEASUREMENTS ARE OFF BY A TINY BIT?
No stress! When you’re working on beginner projects like this, it’s normal to be a bit off on your stitch gauge measurements. If you're within +/- 0.25", go ahead and unravel that swatch (you're going to need that yarn for your scarf!) and begin your knit project.
AUBREY SCARF PATTERN
1. With a yarn tail approximately 24” long, create a SLIP-KNOT and place it onto your knitting needle. This slip-knot is considered your first stitch.
Image shows a slipknot on the needle with a long yarn tail
2. Holding that needle in your right hand, CAST-ON another 20 more stitches using the LONG-TAIL CAST-ON METHOD. You will now have 21 stitches on your needle.
Image shows a 21 stitch Cast-On.
3. ROW #1: KNIT all 21 stitches.
Image shows knitting the first stitch.
Image shows midway through knitting the first row. Each stitch is knit and transferred over from the left needle to the right needle.
Image shows the completion of Row 1. All stitches have been knit off the left needle, and the new stitches have been transferred to the right needle.
4. Get ready to knit the second row by switching the needles over by holding the needle with the stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand. This is called TURNING YOUR WORK and you will do this after each row you knit.
5. Repeat ROW 1 and knit across all 21 stitches, Once finished, turn your work.
6. Repeat this process of knitting across the row and turning your work until your work measures 26.5 ” from the cast-on edge.
HOW TO KEEP THOSE EDGE STITCHES TIDY: Here’s a little trick to make sure your edge stitches stay nice and tidy. When you begin knitting the first two stitches of each row, hold the yarn tail a little bit tighter than your regular tension. This will help keep the edge stitches looking tight and uniform. Once those two first stitches are knit, you can return to your regular knitting tension for the remainder of the row.
Image shows the full 26.5" of knitted work.
7. BIND-OFF your stitches and cut a yarn tail approximately 10 - 12" in length.
TIP: When binding off, loosen up your stitch tension a bit. If the tension along this edge is too tight, it will shorten the edge and it won't be the same length as your cast-on edge.
Image shows the work after binding off the stitches, including a long yarn tail.
8. Weave in all of the yarn tail ends and trim off any excess ends.
Image shows the yarn tail end woven into the work and trimmed neatly.
9. Proudly sew on your Project Weekend x Me. woven label.