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Simple knitting patterns – tips for the beginner knitter

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We all know that it is wise to start with simple knitting patterns as a beginner. But honestly, how excited can you be about knitting acrylic potholders? This article will give you some tips on how to start knitting happily in no time. You don’t have to frustrate yourself with a complicated pattern to do something that can upset you.


Even a very simple piece of clothing can be wonderful when knitted from excellent materials. Wool is by far the most satisfactory fiber to knit for beginners. It is resilient, has a natural elasticity and forgives the different tension of a beginner. And of course there is a wonderful variety of colors and styles. Worsted weight is good for beginners – anything that is smaller, and you will lose patience if you wait for results. A nice base yarn that you can find in many stores is Lamb’s Pride, a wool / mohair blend that is strong and shiny and is available in fantastic colors. Wool / silk blends are also good for beginners, but can be expensive.

If you’re in a very warm climate and would rather start with cotton, that’s fine, but knitting with it is just not so satisfactory. Cotton should be a little tighter than wool. Therefore, usually use a slightly smaller needle. Your knitting mill will be happy to recommend a good-sized needle for the yarn you choose.

I strongly recommend against acrylic yarn – it’s hard on your hands and just not satisfactory, even if it feels good in the store.

(By the way, don’t get too involved with the strength at the beginning. You get so many stitches per inch. Your first projects are about developing your rhythm as a knitter and making the two basic stitches second nature.)

Start with a “no pattern” pattern

Once you have your tools and selected a great yarn, you can get started, provided you know the two basic stitches (knitting and stitching).

(If you don’t know how to knit at all and you don’t have anyone around to show you the basics, don’t despair. This is a good ebook this will take you through everything from A to Z so you can get started right away.)

For your first projects, knit simple parts that don’t depend on much size or precision. You can knit a nice pashmina-style stole – just cast on about 200-250 stitches and knit garter stitches (that is, you will knit every row without purling) until it’s about 24 inches wide. You can prevent this from becoming boring. Either work with a yarn you love or in strips with several wonderful colors. (If you’re using multiple colors, make sure they all have the same brand and type of yarn. In other words, you want 3-5 strands of Lamb’s Pride or another specific yarn that you choose, in different colors.)

With round needles, you can make a great tube scarf that pulls up to cover your head when it’s cold. (Like an oversized turtleneck sweater without a sweater part.) Cast on another 200 to 250 stitches, but this time put them together in a circle (your knitting can help), then just knit until you have about 24 inches and throw off. Remember that you are one want nice, soft yarn if you create something that can be worn on your face. You also knit every round on this one, but because it’s circular, you get a simple old knit (called a stockinette) instead. Stockinette curls around the edges, unlike a garter stitch that lies flat. Stockinette also drapes a little better.

If you’re ready to go beyond simple rectangles and tubes, check out my Squidoo lens at “target =” _ new “> simple knitting patterns for hipsters that Resources for everything from online yarn stores to an amazing new book with a pattern for a knitted mohawk.

Have fun knitting!

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