This pattern was rated "intermediate" but I'm a beginner and I was able to complete it - here is what you need to know (hint - these are keywords you can search for if you are learning to knit):
- How to read a knitting chart (in this case, a Japanese simplified knitting chart)
- Japanese needle size conversion
- How to knit and purl, the building blocks of knitting stitches
- How to combine knit and purl to make do Stockinette Stitch and Rib Stitch
- How to cast on, how to cast off
- How to increase and decrease
- How to join knitted pieces together
Here are a list of videos and sites that helped me put this together:
- Reading a Japanese knitting chart
- Knitting Needle Sizes
- Casting On with No Tail
- Stockinette, Rib, and other stitches
- Casting Off / Binding Off
- Four ways to do a Join (see the user's videos for other tutorials)
- And this is the best site for hardcore analysis of the mechanics of knitting - things like why certain left-leaning or right-leaning increases and decreases are better than others. This is for people that are very meticulous and want every bump and imperfection out of their knitting.
- EDITED 1/15 - I recently found this excellent video on Continental Knitting which is the method of holding the yarn in your left hand instead of your right. It's much faster that way, and also makes more sense to people who are coming from a crochet background
About My Kitty Scarf
I used Bernat Cashmere Natural Blends in Petal. The yarn in the pattern, as far as I can tell, is not readily available in the US. My yarn called for a US Size 8 needle but I used 10 instead. The pattern said to use a Japanese Size 12 which falls between US 9 and 10. My scarf ended up slightly bigger than the pattern but that was fine with me - I used all the same stitch and row counts except for the length of the body of the cat. I made mine shorter since I'm a small person.
I made my own eyes from polymer clay, acrylic paint, and glossy varnish. I didn't put all the bling the pattern asked for - just a personal preference. Maybe I would if I dressed in loli more. My scarf is far from perfect - I could use help with finishing techniques -the back looks terrible.
Sorry, but I'm not going to post the pattern here since G&LB vol 4 is still in print. If you are interested in making this scarf pick one up at Amazon - they have the best prices.