This is my first knitting project. Though it was tough initially, it is quite easy to learn. I followed the following steps :
Do old shale stitch with one color 10 times ( 40 rows ) . Followed by one repetion of old shale stitch(4 rows) in a complementary color. Repeat till desired length is available. Join the two ends using kitchener stitch.
Have fun !! Share your experience or queries as comments.