On my morning walk today I felt the first chill of winter, so I came straight home and dug my bag of knitting out of the cupboard. I only knit in the winter, I think its something to do with creating cosiness, and also doing something creative in the dark evenings when I don't have natural daylight to help me paint or draw.
I tend to buy yarn and wool when I see something I like, and then sort out what to make at a later date.
This time I bought a selection of colours in a linen yarn that were on sale for 50c in my local Spotlight store in Australia. When in doubt I always revert back to knitting squares that can be sewn together, or long skinny scarves.
The jewel like colours lent themselves to a square motif, and the stiff yarn means a nice chunky garter stitch works well. That just means using a knit stitch on every row.
I plan to make a feature of the sewn edges of each square, so needed a nice firm cast on row that didn't look too lacy.
I used a cast on method my Mum taught me many years ago when she knitted aran wool jumpers. Its a method where you put the needle through the front and the back of the stitches as you cast on - it gives a lovely firm starter row.
I'll explain how I do it in pictures below.
push right hand needle through both the front and back of the next stitch on left hand needle
hold firmly onto yarn and pull stitch through to the front, and slip the new stitch onto the left hand needle
take yarn to back of work and wrap yarn round right hand needle, going from left to right
this results in a fabulous straight cast on row, which is very neat and robust for sewing along
I will update this blog when I complete the project, at the moment I'm thinking of joining the squares up to make a throw - though I may not finish it until next winter !