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A PROJECT WEEKEND "LEARN-TO-KNIT" PATTERN
Hey there, newbie knitters! Get ready to learn how to knit and create your very own super chunky snood. It's big, it's bold, you'll look stylish and feel like a crafting champ!
This pattern was made with simplicity in mind. Easy projects with frequent repetition help you find a pleasant rhythm so your mind, hands, needles, and yarn can synchronize. Ultimately, repetition enhances your knitting skills and boosts your confidence!
NATURALLY SOFT, NOT CHEMICALLY SOFTENED
We created our NEHV yarn from a special selection of premium quality Merino fibers to create luxurious warmth, squishiness and stitch definition. Sustainably grown and 100% naturally soft, (not chemically softened), NEHV is grown in the beautiful highlands of Argentina and spun in a Fair Trade Certified facility in Peru.
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 To Your Needles (using the Longtail Cast-On Method)
- The Knit Stitch
- Binding Off Stitches From Your Needles
- Seaming Using The Horizontal Invisible Seaming Technique
- Weaving In Loose Ends
TIME TO MAKE
One Size (Fits Most Adults & Youth)
Finished Height (Tallest Point): 7.5"
Finished Width (Flat Measurement): 14"
Garter Stitch, 12mm Needle:
8 stitches in Garter Stitch x 16 rows = 4" x 4" square
CAMILLE SNOOD KNITTING KIT CONTENTS
- 1 Ball of Project Weekend's NEHV. Each ball weighs 200 GR. (7oz) and has 99m (109y).
- 1 Pair of 12mm / US 17 Circular Knitting Needles
- 1 Card With Links 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 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 call out 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, Camille Snood requires a 12 mm sized knitting needle and you will need to cast-on 8 knit stitches and knit 16 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.
2. Holding that needle in your right hand, CAST-ON another 7 more stitches using the LONG-TAIL CAST-ON METHOD. You should now have 8 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 8 stitches. This is row 1.
HOW TO KNIT THE KNIT STITCH4. 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 of 16 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.
SWATCH TOO SMALL
If your swatch comes out smaller than 4”x4”, it means you are knitting too tightly and your knit piece will end up smaller than the dimensions of this pattern, so unravel your swatch and start again, this time loosen up your stitch tension a bit.
SWATCH TOO BIG
If your swatch comes out larger than 4”x 4”, you are knitting too loosely and it means your knit piece will end up bigger than the dimensions of this pattern, 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 beanie!) and begin your knit project.
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 start your project!
8. Once you have achieved gauge, unravel the yarn from your gauge swatch. You will use this yarn to knit your Camille Snood!
CAMILLE SNOOD KNITTING PATTERN
1. CASTING ON YOUR STITCHES.
With a yarn tail approximately 25” 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.
Holding that needle in your right hand, CAST-ON another 14 more stitches using the LONG-TAIL CAST-ON METHOD. You will now have 15 stitches on your needle.
Image shows 15 stitches casted-on to the needle.
2. KNITTING THE MAIN SECTION OF THE SNOOD
Hold the needle with the stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right hand. KNIT across all of the stitches.
Note: Prepare to knit the second row by switching the needles and holding the needle containing the stitches in your left hand, while the empty needle is held in your right hand. This process is known as TURNING YOUR WORK, and you will repeat it after completing each row of knitting.
Knit across all stitches.
Repeat knitting ROWS 1 & 2 another 48 more times. Once complete, your work will measure 24.5" from the Cast-On edge. To measure your work, lay it down flat on a table and measure when the work is in a relaxed state, not stretched. You may need to pat and squish the rows together so they are not stretched in any way.
TIP: HOW TO KEEP THOSE EDGE STITCHES TIDY
The side edges of your work will ultimately serve as the top and bottom edge of your snood. Here's a helpful tip to maintain neat and tidy edge stitches: as you start knitting the first stitch of each row, slightly tighten the yarn tail compared to your usual tension. This practice ensures that the edge stitches appear neat and uniform. After completing this initial stitch, you can resume your regular knitting tension for the rest of the row.
TIP: AN EASY WAY TO COUNT YOUR ROWS
As you knit, you can keep track of garter knit rows by counting the stitch "mountains". (Refer to the gauge swatch photo at the beginning of this pattern to identify the "mountains"). Each mountain is equal to 2 rows (Repeats of Row 1 & Row 2). Once you have reached a total of 49 "mountains", and your work measures 24.5" (relaxed, not stretched) from the cast-on edge, you're all done knitting!
BIND-OFF your stitches and cut a yarn tail approximately 25-30" in length. You will use this long tail to sew up your seam.
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.
CREATING THE TWIST
Lay your piece flat on a table. Follow the picture diagram to create the twist.
Weave your long Bind-Off yarn-tail through a sewing needle.
Using the HORIZONTAL SEAMING METHOD FOR GARTER STITCH. Sew the cast-on and bind-off edges together by pulling the yarn tail with just enough tension for the edges to gently meet up without any spaces or puckering.
Once the seam is all closed up, weave in all of the yarn tail ends (on the inside of your snood!) and trim off any excess ends. To learn how to weave in the ends for garter stitch, click here : HOW TO WEAVE IN YARN TAIL ENDS.