SANDFORD COLLAR © Project Weekend Creative LTD. 2020

SANDFORD COLLAR

A PROJECT WEEKEND LEARN-TO-KNIT PATTERN

Our Learn-To-Knit patterns include easy to follow, fully detailed step-by-step pattern instructions, how-to video tutorials and illustrated technique diagrams.

Step aside winter scarves, there's a new neck warmer in town! And it's just as cozy and  knits up in half the amount of time making it a dream project for anyone looking to pick up knitting needles for the very first time.

Beautifully stitched up in the foundation of all stitch patterns: the garter stitch (pssst,it's made by knitting the basic knit stitch), the Sandford Collar features a simple twist detail, which layers perfectly and  complements all of your go-to cold weather looks.

With four pattern sizes to choose from, you can easily knit one up in a day (or weekend!), making it a great option to make for everyone (young and old!) on your holiday "handmade with love" gift giving list.

Our LOLL yarn features a special blend of Highland Wool and Alpaca fibers creating soft-as-a-kitten warmth and squishiness. Sustainably sourced and 100% naturally soft (not chemically softened), LOLL is grown in the beautiful highlands of Peru and spun in a Fair Trade Certified facility.

With cashmere-like softness, LOLL is not too chunky or hot, making it a perfect choice for all of your upcoming projects (hats, scarves, sweaters, blankets, cowls, interiors accessories). And because it's naturally anti-itch, it's perfect for all those baby gifts you want to make or for anyone who is sensitive to the itch of natural wool.

PROJECT SKILL LEVEL : LEARN TO KNIT

This pattern is designed for anyone who is picking up knitting needles for the very first time. We will guide you step-by-step on how to get yarn onto your needles, teach you the foundational knit stitch and then 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 
  • Seaming Your Piece Together To Give It Shape
  • Weaving In Loose Ends

TIME TO MAKE 

2-4 Hours

PATTERN SIZE

Baby, Child, (Youth), Adult

PROJECT MEASUREMENTS

Finished Circumference:
Baby: 18”
Child: 19"
(Youth): 20"
Adult: 21"

Finished Height (at back neck):
Baby: 4.5"
Child: 5"
(Youth): 5.5"
Adult: 6"

GAUGE

14 stitches in garter stitch x 22 rows = 4" x 4" square

SANDFORD COLLAR KIT

SPEND MORE TIME MAKING AND LESS TIME RUNNING AROUND SOURCING SUPPLIES. Project Weekends' all-in-one Sandford Collar Kit contains all of the necessary tools and supplies to get you started. (Knitting Needles optional with kit purchase) 

KIT CONTENTS

  • 1 ball of Project Weekend's LOLL, our exclusive chemical free, naturally soft 65% Fine Peruvian Highland Wool / 35% Superfine Peruvian Alpaca yarn. Each ball weighs 125 GR. (4.4oz) and has 125m (137y). 
  • 1 pair of 7mm / US 11 Straight or Circular Knitting Needles   (optional with kit purchase)
  • 1 Knitters' Sewing Needle 
  • 1 "PROJECT WEEKEND X Me." Woven Label
  • 1 "Made For You" Maker Gift Hangtag
  • 1 Organic Cotton Project Bag
SHOP THE YARN

TECHNIQUE TUTORIAL VIDEOS & ILLUSTRATIONS

Not sure how to knit a specific technique? No worries, we've got your back! We've created videos and step-by-step illustrations for you to reference, so your project won't miss a beat. They are conveniently located throughout and at the end of the pattern for you to click and learn from.
Happy Knitting! 

LET'S BEGIN

Before we start getting into it, let's familiarize ourselves with how we hold our needles and yarn. 


GAUGE SWATCH
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 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 your knitting will measure out perfectly to the pattern and ultimately fit just right.

Gauge swatches only take a half hour or so to make... often times, less.  Yet, a lot of people either rush through this process or skip it all together because they're so excited to get knitting their project. 

Please learn from our experience.....there is nothing more frustrating than knitting someone a sweater only to realize at the end (and after many invested  hours of knitting) that if only we had made a gauge swatch, our beautiful sweater 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 create your stitches before you start your main project.  

GETTING GAUGE

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 call out how many stitches per row by how many rows you need to knit to create your swatch to achieve the correct gauge.

The Sandford Collar 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 LONGTAIL 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 each row.

TIP: A trick to keeping your swatch edges looking nice and even, snug up your yarn a bit at the beginning of each new row to make sure the edge stitches are the same tension as the rest of your knitting. When you're turning your work, the tension on these first stitches can get a bit loose, so remember to keep them snug!

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 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. 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 loosen up your stitch tension a bit.

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.

Once you create a swatch that measures 4”x4”, Congratulations! You have found your gauge tension so go ahead, unravel that swatch (you're going to need that yarn for your project!)  and begin your knit project. 

MEASUREMENTS OFF BY A TINY BIT?

No stress! When you’re working on beginner projects like this, it’s ok to be a bit off on measurements. So, if you’re just a bit off on measurement.... go ahead, start knitting!

SANDFORD COLLAR PATTERN

LE'TS GET TO IT!

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.

2. Holding that needle in your right hand, CAST-ON  another 14, 16, (18), 20 more stitches using the LONG-TAIL CAST-ON METHOD. You will now have 15, 17, (19), 21 stitches on your needle.

3. Hold the needle with the stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand. KNIT across the 15, 17, (19), 21 stitches.

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 each row.  

5. KNIT across the 15, 17, (19), 21 stitches and turn your work.

Reminder: Keep the tension on the first stitch of each row nice and snug so that the edges of your knit piece will stay neat and straight.

6. Repeat this process of knitting across the row and turning your work until your work measures 17", 18", (19"),  20”  from the cast-on edge.   

TIP: When you Knit each row over and over,  you are creating a classic knit stitch pattern referred to as GARTER STITCH. 

7. BIND-OFF your stitches and trim a yarn tail approximately 20-22"" long (you will use this yarn tail to seam your collar together).

8. Lay your piece flat on a table. Follow the picture diagram to create the twist. 

9. Using your knitters' sewing needles, seam the cast-on and bind-off edges together following the Seaming Horizontal Garter Stitch diagram. 

10. Weave in all loose ends and proudly sew on your Project Weekend x Me. woven label.

Excited to learn more knitting techniques?  
Check out our full library of videos.

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