College Studio: Screw knitting

Don’t you dare touch those needles. You can make your own outerwear without ever buying a skein of anything.

Sarah Harper

Arts and crafts can be intimidating. Let me prove it to you with an exercise.

There are three statements below. Two are true. One is false. Can you spot the dirty lie?

1. The only people who truly enjoy knitting are the people who already know how to do it.

2. People who already know how to knit spent a long time dropping yarn all over the place learning how to knit.

3. Knitters are the only people who can easily give the gift of homemade outerwear.

Answer: 3. Yes, knitters can give lovable scarves to anyone, on any holiday! But that doesnâÄôt mean you should let your lack of knitting know-how scare you away from making the gift of warmth for your pals or for yourself.

Here are three DIY accessories you can make without spending hours learning how to knit:

 

EASY:LEG WARMERS

Do you have a sweater? A bulky one that you donâÄôt really like to wear as a sweater anymore?

If you donâÄôt, rustle up a few bucks and head on over to a thrift store. IâÄôll wait right here, baby.

Once you get your hands on a sweater, cut off the sleeves. Now you have two tubes of wool âÄî wait, doesnâÄôt that mean you have leg warmers? Wow, that was easy. (Note: If you have to make them tighter to fit around your svelte calves, flip them inside out and sew a new edge. Then cut off the excess and flip them back right-side out. Tada, yâÄôall!)

 

EVEN EASIER:WRIST WARMERS

Dismiss any thoughts of Avril Lavigne and embrace the practicality of the wrist warmer: It keeps one of the draftier areas of your body cozy by preventing wind from coming up your sleeve.

The process for making wrist warmers is the same as the process for making leg warmers.

All you have to do is cut about seven inches off the sleeves of an old sweater. Do a little hemming and bam, youâÄôre ready for winter.

 

NOT SO EASY:A SKI MASK

ItâÄôs one of the greatest travesties in the history of outerwear: bank robbers have deprived us of a stigma-free ski mask experience.

But we have to reclaim the ski mask: When you throw one of those babies on, wind-whipped cheeks and chapped lips are things of the past.

To avoid looking sinister, choose a playful color, like purple or turquoise.

And hey, how about you use that old henley thermal? And how about you break out the olâÄô needle and thread? Come on! Learning how to sew is way easier than learning how to knit.

Lay the shirt out flat. Draw a shape on it that looks like an elongated igloo. Make sure itâÄôs the width of your head and the length from the top of your head to the bottom of your neck.

Cut out the shape through both layers of the shirt. DonâÄôt worry about making the edges perfect.

You should have two tall igloo shapes. Now sew the sides together. Flip it inside out.

You should basically be holding a weird sack in your hand.

Time for a big eye hole. Slip the sack youâÄôve made over your head.

Blindly make a few marks on it âÄî feel out the top of your eyebrows, the bridge of your nose and both temples with a marker. Take it off. Connect the dots and cut out a little oval âÄî neatly, now! If you need to sew a hem to make the oval smooth, go for it.

 

Now get toasty in there, you crafty devil!