You might remember earlier this year when I made a list of crafts I wanted to try, learning to knit was at the top of that list. Well, after quite a few false starts. lessons from a patient friend and many hours of watching YouTube videos I think I've finally got it.
I picked up the 1st issue of Simple Stylish Knitting last year for 99p. It came with 2 small balls of wool and some simple projects to get you started. If you're a beginner like me you might find their series of free videos over on YouTube a good place to start. For my 1st project I decided to try knitting this simple mug cosy. It has a garter stitch border and a stocking stitch (made by alternating rows of knit and purl) main body. It took a couple of attempts to get started but I persevered and I'm really pleased with how it turned out. Here's how I did it:
You will need:
1 x 50g ball of double knitting yarn.
A pair of 4 mm knitting needles.
A yarn needle.
And a pair of scissors.
1. Cast on 17 stitches.* For the 1st row you need to knit 2 stitches, purl 13 and then knit 2, this will make the garter stitch border. Knit the 2nd row. Repeat these 2 rows until your knitting reaches the desired length.
2. You want your knitting to measure around 28 cm or until it is 1 cm short of fitting around your mug. Make sure you end on a knitting row and then knit the next row to form the edge of your cosy. Cast off.
3. To finish your cosy bring the 2 edges together and stitch the top 2 stitches together, Do the same on the bottom 2 stitches. You should now have an opening for the handle of your mug to fit into.
4. Slip your cosy onto your mug and pop on the kettle.
* Can be made shorter or longer to fit your mug.
And that's all there is to it. Not too complicated, right? Now I can keep my tea nice and hot in style.