Knit warm, colorful items for children using simple knitting techniques and a few basic supplies. Choose soft yarns when knitting for kids. For the sake of convenience, the yarn should be made of machine-washable acrylic or wool-acrylic blends. These projects are ideal for a beginning adult knitter, or for a child to knit himself once he has mastered casting on, knitting and binding off.
Use size 10, size 10.5 or size 11 knitting needles and one skein of soft, bulky-weight yarn to create a simple scarf. Cast on 14 to 18 stitches, depending on the size of the needles you are using and the desired width of the scarf. Knit each row until the scarf is the length you want it to be; a child’s scarf should range between 4 1/2 feet to 5 feet in length. Bind off and sew in the loose ends.
Cast on 95 stitches using a size 10 or size 10.5 circular knitting needle and soft, bulky-weight yarn. Start with a single knit stitch, then alternative single purl and knit stitches across the first row -- you should end with a knit stitch. This is called seed stitch. Repeat this pattern until the blanket measures the desired length. Bind off and sew in the loose ends. This project will likely require more than one skein of yarn, depending on the desired size of the blanket.
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