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mamahawk0525
12-10-2011, 02:21 AM
Hi Folks;

My daughter wants to learn how to knit! Yeah!

I wonder if you can suggest a good starter project for her. Quick, basic, but very-very cool!

Many thanks and happy knitting,
Kim

Jan in CA
12-10-2011, 03:31 AM
Welcome to Knitting Help! :yay:

Let's see...

Fingerless mitts
http://store.tangleonline.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4_231&products_id=989
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/easy-fingerless-mitts-3

Cup Cozy
http://www.caffeinatedcrafter.com/2008/08/knitted-coffee-cozy-tutorial.html

Hat
http://beadknitterpatterns.blogspot.com/2008/05/rolled-brim-hat.html
http://www.diamondyarn.com/d/diamond-luxury-collection/leaflet/5883/

These are all knit flat and are simple. You know your daughter better than anyone..what is she interested in?

AllTheGoodNamesAreTaken
12-12-2011, 07:01 PM
Both hats are really cute! I started knitting when I was 14 (learning from the videos on this site, actually!) and I really, really wish someone had told me not to do a scarf. Five feet of garter stitch was pure hell. Hats, though, are adorable and useful. I would've actually worn a hat. :P

Jan in CA
12-13-2011, 03:14 AM
Yeah, I don't recommend garter stitch scarves. They may be good practice, but by the time you're halfway done you're ready to sleep from boredom. :teehee: Now if you do something interesting like practice different stitch patterns in your scarf that would be very interesting and fun to do!

ArtLady1981
12-13-2011, 03:13 PM
Using a great yarn like this...and using large needles US15 or bigger...a garter stitch scarf is interesting and the results are fantastic!

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5244/5216198702_8f31e979c1.jpg

Elsebeth Lavold Silky Flamme, a thick/thin soft yarn:
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3352/4628736434_4075d292fb.jpg

http://media.knittingfever.com/kfi/catalog/color/200-r/16409.jpg

Big needles, garter stitch and a fantastic interesting yarn are a great combination for a quick, beautiful, not-too-expensive scarf!

A little goes a long way!

The big needles create an open, airy, almost lace-like, garter stitch scarf!
My adult daughter learned to knit recently, and she purchased a wine colored Silky Flamme from the LYS. Using big needles and garter stitch, she created a scarf that was fantastic! The knitting wasn't beyond her ability from the technical standpoint. Knitting with such a fabulous yarn kept her interest, and the big needles ate through the yarn quickly! Voila! Scarf done in days. She was so proud.

Jan in CA
12-13-2011, 05:07 PM
Yeah, a bulky yarn and bigger needles would make it lots easier to knit a scarf! :thumbsup: