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06-26-2008, 09:55 AM
I am a new knitter---just a few weeks now....I am ready to start my first project---does anyone have suggestions of a fun, but easy project? Thanks!

06-26-2008, 10:10 AM
Something flat is a good first project - a scarf or a dischcloth, maybe?

Becky Morgan
06-26-2008, 11:09 AM
Make it something you like and will use, not too big so you don't get bored or frustrated, with a yarn that isn't too much to handle at this stage of the game--a smooth one, wool, cotton or acrylic as you like, probably light-colored so you can see your stitches as you work. If you can lay hands on some inexpensive feltable wool, you can make a simple tote bag and felt it. That way, if you do make any mistakes, they'll disappear in the wash :D

06-26-2008, 11:21 AM
Hi---I am also a new knitter! I have been working on a garter stitch scarf. You just CO, knit every row, and cast off! It has been good for practicing my knit stitch. I used worsted weight yarn and size 13 needles. It is bright red. Anyway, I work full time, so I only get about an hour in each day, but it is coming along. Good luck! Isn't knitting relaxing and fun? (ok, sometimes it is not relaxing, but still I like it.)

As an aside, what do I do second? I want to do something with knits and purls, or something with increase and decreases, but like the previous poster said, not something huge like a blanket.

06-26-2008, 11:25 AM
Thanks everybody for input!
I was thinking about trying a short skarf with a button hole (saw this in my book)--do you think this would be too difficult for a beginner?

06-26-2008, 12:48 PM
You should be able to do it - if you have any questions - just ask...

06-26-2008, 03:10 PM
I would suggest a scarf since it was my first project also >.>
But I got tired after one skein, so I think your idea of a short scarf is brilliant! If it's the scarf I think it is, then I think it's a wonderful project for a beginner =) And like fellow knitters have said in previous responses, feel free to ask. Although in my case, it's more like complain *innocent whistle* Good luck with your first project!

06-26-2008, 03:24 PM
One thing I recommend is getting asking when you buy your yarn about which needles are best suited for it. It's easy to get frustrated with that when you're new. Trust me!

06-26-2008, 09:07 PM
I am fairly new too! Where did you find the pattern for the scarf with the buttonhole?

06-26-2008, 10:40 PM
Here are the patterns I usually recommend to first time knitters. They are quick to make, so you don't get frustrated waiting for them to be finished. :)

Ponytail Scrunchie: http://www.knittingfairy.com/freeHairTie.htm

Dishcloth: http://myjewelthief.typepad.com/myjewelthief_knits/2007/10/plain-ole-garte.html

Slippers: http://www.geocities.com/lindaslists/begknitslippers.htm

Baby Booties: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Ranch/4054/knitbooties.htm

Coin Purse: http://www.sweaterscapes.com/pursepat.htm

Cosmetic Bag: http://www.frugalhaus.com/homepage/downloads/FR228.pdf

Bean Bag: http://www.michaels.com/art/online/projectsheet?pid=b0092&categoryid=32

Ball: http://www.frugalhaus.com/homepage/downloads/WP56.pdf

Headbands: http://www.frugalhaus.com/homepage/downloads/WP34.pdf

Simple Hat: http://www.frugalhaus.com/homepage/downloads/NP12.pdf