Over the holidays, I got a lot of questions from friends about learning to knit. You can find wonderful tutorials on YouTube which will show you how to cast on, make the basic knit and purl stitches, and bind off. It is easy, I promise! So practice a bit and when you comfortable here is a very easy and very fashionable first project-- Boot Toppers.
You wil use worsted weight yarn. I used Plymouth Yarn's Galway but any medium weight yarn will do. You will also need size 7 (4.5mm) knitting needles and a yarn needle for sewing up the side seam.
Cast on 54 stitches. Begin the Topper's ribbing by knitting 2 stitches and then purling two stitches and continue alternating 2 knits and 2 purls across the row.
On the following rib rows you will knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches. When the ribbing gets to be 2 inches, stop ribbing and begin knitting a row and then purling a row. Do this until the Topper measures about 5 inches from the cast on row. Then switch back to ribbing for 2 inches and bind off leaving a long yarn tail which you will use to sew up the side of the Topper.
Once you get the hang of knitting, this simple pattern can be modified for any number of stitch patterns. These toppers are a fast knit and make great gifts. Be prepared to make some for your friends-- they are all going to want a pair!