Friday, 21 June 2013
A Beginner's Guide to Knitting: Patterns
As I mentioned in Part 2 of this series, there are millions of knitting patterns out there! So where do you start? Here are a few of the patterns I first started out on. Some are easier than others, but hopefully you'll be inspired to start knitting!
Quite a few of these pattern links are to links on Ravelry, which I talked about in detail in Part 2. It is free to join and a great community for knitting, so I'd recommend signing up. You can find my Ravelry Project Gallery here.
If you want to start super simple, then a wash cloth is a good first pattern. They're square, not too big and there's a lot of patterns to choose from. They make great gifts for babies, or you can use it yourself in the shower or even in the kitchen on your dishes. Find a 100% cotton yarn for making washcloths, so they are soft and super absorbent.
Grandmother's Favourite Washcloth
Bunny Washcloth (pictured above)
Baby projects are small and tend to be fast. I made a lot of baby items as first projects, even though I had no babies to give them to! They can often have a few tricks in them, but are a quick way to learn new skills without taking too much time.
Simple Knitted Beanie (pictured above)
Ribbed Baby Jacket
Hats can be a bit tricky as they are usually knit in the round (on circular needles), but once you get used to the idea, it's great! It means that the hat is made continuously, so there's no seam to close at the end. Here are some of my favourite hat patterns.
Calorimetry Ear Warmer (knit on regular, straight needles)
Robins Egg Blue Hat (similar to above)
Swirl Hat (newborn - adult sizes)
While I don't think scarves are a good beginner project because they are a bit boring, repetitive and big, a lot of you would probably like to tackle a scarf anyway. Here are a few that I think are good to start out with.
Wham Bam Thankyou Lamb Neckwarmer
Infinitely Simple Lace Infinity Scarf
Wisp (pictured above left and right)
If you have some simple patterns you can recommend, please leave a link in the comments!
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Also in this series:
Part 1 - All you need to know about Knitting Equipment
Part 2 - Online Resources to learn how to Knit
Part 3 - Pattern Suggestions for Beginners