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10 Free beginner-friendly knitting patterns

beginner-friendly-patterns

I have collected 10 free knitting patterns that can be knitted by the brand new knitter. All you need to know in advance is how to cast on, knit, and purl. The projects presented here are all excellent choices for your very first knitting project, but they are cool enough that you may find yourself inspired even if you are an experienced knitter. Best of all, almost all the patterns have detailed tutorials.

Knitting with stitch markers

chunky yarn with stitch markers on circular needles

Stitch markers will simplify your knitting experience. They help you keep track of where you are in a pattern. Once you start using stitch markers you will wonder how you ever managed without them. Generally, they are used to mark a place where you have to pay special attention to your knitting. This allows you… Continue reading Knitting with stitch markers

WIP update on my shawl

Unfinished knitted shawl held up across shoulders

Back in October, I showed you the early beginnings of a garter stitch shawl with a gorgeous cabled border of twisted ribbing. It's time for an update. I love bringing my knitting projects with me, where ever I go. The shawl WIP (work in progress) has been to Michigan and Brazil, and many a beach… Continue reading WIP update on my shawl

A guide to blocking your knitting

three panel image of lace cowl before, during and after blocking

Blocking is the finishing touch to a knitting project. It is a simple matter of washing or wetting your newly knitted item and letting it dry flat in the shape you wish it to have. It evens out the stitches and the edges and gives your piece that finished look. Some people never block their… Continue reading A guide to blocking your knitting

Yarn attached to the wrong stitch

You are about to start a new row of knitting, but then you notice the working yarn is attached to the second stitch instead of the first. What happened? What do you do? This is a really common, and quite disorienting problem, but luckily, it's an easy fix. It can be disorienting to turn your… Continue reading Yarn attached to the wrong stitch

The ultimate guide to row counting for knitting

Three row counters, a ring, a clicker and a die

How do you keep track of your rows in knitting? You will often have to keep track of how many rows you have knitted. The best approach depends on your temperament and of course, what type of project you are knitting. Are there simple repeats, such as the same 2 rows, or 4 rows repeating… Continue reading The ultimate guide to row counting for knitting

How to fix a dropped stitch in knitting

Dropped stitch in knitting

It happens to all of us... sometimes a stitch drops of the needle tips, and more often than not, we don't even notice and keep knitting. That dropped stitch can unravel an entire column, so it must be fixed, sooner rather than later. Step one: Don't panic! It's not a disaster, and it's easy to… Continue reading How to fix a dropped stitch in knitting

Mysterious holes and extra stitches

Knitting with holes from accidental yarn overs

One of the most common mistakes for new knitters is accidentally adding new stitches by doing something called a yarn over. You may realize your number of stitches is growing because the edges of your knitting is slanting outward, or maybe you have been keeping track by counting your stitches every few rows. Another way… Continue reading Mysterious holes and extra stitches

Two-at-a-time magic loop socks

Cuff of socks knitted two at a time

I'm on a mission to figure out how I prefer to knit socks. There are so many different methods for sock knitting: double-pointed needles, 9-inch needles, magic loop, two-at-a-time magic loop, two circulars, toe up, cuff down. Don't even get me started on the different heel types. As a new sock knitter, it is quite… Continue reading Two-at-a-time magic loop socks

Learn to purl and make stockinette

Stockinette stitch front and back in colorful yarn

Once you have learned to make the knit stitch, it is time to learn how to make the other basic stitch in knitting - the purl stitch. If you have skipped the first lesson, please take a look at my previous post. If you already have a piece of knitting going, where you have been… Continue reading Learn to purl and make stockinette

Season scarf for the San Jose Sharks – Idea and plan

Yarn in the colors of the San Jose Sharks

I want to make a season scarf for the San Jose Sharks with stripes in the team colors, representing the season of 2019/20. Each game will correspond to a certain number of rows, and the color of those rows will be determined by the outcome of the games. There are many decision to be made… Continue reading Season scarf for the San Jose Sharks – Idea and plan