Before we can get started, it's best to make sure you have the right tools and supplies. Since I'll be posting the free pattern next week, I wanted to give you all a heads up so that you'll know what knitting needles and yarn you'll need.
You will need the follow for the infinity scarf knit along:
- size 10 US straight knitting needles that are at least 10" long (see my post here on knitting needle size conversion if you're not familiar with US sizing)
- 3 hanks of Billow by KnitPicks a bulky weight yarn (see my post here on yarn standards)
For my needles I'm using 14" long straight size 10 US bamboo ones by Takumi. It's my first time using bamboo and although I was hesitant to buy them, I'm really loving knitting with them. Please feel free to use whatever size 10 US knitting needles you have on hand as long at they are at least 10" long. If you're buying yourself a new pair of needles for this project, try the needles on in the store...how do they feel in your hands? Choose a pair that feel nice to the touch and have a smooth surface. Bamboo, plastic, or metal it doesn't matter.
Billow is a lovely bulky super soft pima cotton yarn from a company called KnitPicks. They offer great quality yarn for a fair price (I searched all over and even with the shipping their prices still beat out many large retail locations where you can buy yarn). Because the yarn is cotton it has a very organic / natural feel to it and is perfect for spring, summer and fall knitting projects. I chose this yarn for its thick and thin texture which when knit gives it a bit of an uneven look. This is a great way to camouflage any unevenness in tension that is common when learning how to knit. So, for best results I recommend using the same yarn I've used for the pattern unless you're a more experienced knitter who is comfortable with substituting.
Knowing what you'll need to start your knitting project is half the battle. The other half is knowing the basics of knitting: casting on, knitting, purling, and casting off. Remember when starting any knitting project, to find out what supplies you'll need first.
Questions you'll want to ask yourself before you start any knitting project:
- What size and type needles do I need?
- What weight of yarn do I need?
- How much yarn do I need?
The answers to these questions will tell you not only what supplies you need to start your project but ultimately what you'll need to buy if you don't have what you need on hand. A quick scan of your pattern will give you the answers to the above questions and you'll be ready to start your project in no time.
Want to try knitting for the first time? Or are you just looking for an easy trendy knitting pattern? I hope you are as excited about this knit along as I am! I can't wait to share photos and talk about the progress we've all made. If you have questions about the knit along tweet me @tinselmint or leave a comment below. And if you happen to be on Instagram tag pics of your supplies for this project with @tinselmint.