View Full Version : Newbie knitter looking for EASY STUFF to knit

10-02-2006, 06:41 PM
hello everyone, I've introduced myself before, but I'm a newbie knitter that has only really learned a few stitches and would like to branch out a bit more before I go back to school for my MBA. I went to my lys recently and got the Weekend Knitting book, and am working on the flower washcloth, (which so far is really easy!) but was wondering if anyone out there has any EASY, FREE links to patters I can try to learn from? I've surfed here a bit, but am scared to try a few as they all are kinda hard to understand the abbreviations. They say beginner, but WOW I must really be a beginner I don't understand most! :shrug: So just in case anyone has found some easy beginner patterns that aren't too hard to understand, lemme know.
thanks :muah:

10-02-2006, 07:37 PM
There is a good list of abbreviations here (http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/patterns.html) most of which you can find videos for here in the basic and advanced techniques section. You can find a lot of free patterns at http://knittingpatterncentral.com/ Unfortunately, they aren't listed by ease but there are some great patterns easy to hard there. If you have an idea about what you'd like to make, just post it here on the forum. For example...looking for easy scarf pattern...lots of people will answer. And don't be afraid to jump right into a pattern! Everyone here is very helpful and will get you through it! :muah:

Pink Dandelion
10-02-2006, 11:05 PM
The Booga Bag (http://www.blacksheepbags.com/booga_bag.html) is always a nice beginners project to learn felting with, the most difficult part is picking up the stitches around the bottom and the i-cord, but even those are pretty easy! The only stitch you use is the knit stitch, and it's on a large needle with any worsted weight 100% wool

The instructions say you need double point AND circulars, but you can actually get by with just the circulars or long double points

10-03-2006, 09:31 AM
First get the list of abbreviations. One thing to do, if you don't understand the patterns, you can search and replace all of the abreviations in a word document with what the acctual words are.
Example: in Word
<Ctrl> <H>
Find: <k>
Replace with: <knit>

Then you can print it out, so you won't be confused.

Old Knitter
10-04-2006, 10:44 AM
Yankee Knitter has a roll neck pull over that is wonderful. It's pamphlet #21.

I think you'll enjoy making it. Raglan sleeves, which are the best for a beginner.

10-04-2006, 11:20 AM
Amy has a list of the abbreviations explained on this site, and she shows you how to do them on video as well ( I'm a pretty new knitter and this has helped me a lot) here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/abbreviations_explained/). I second kemp on knittingpatterncentral.com is great for tons of free patterns. bernat.com or lionbrand.com are good too, but they don't have as many.

10-04-2006, 04:53 PM
thanks guys! :heart: I will definately check those out! I'm almost to the part in a project where I have to start knitting in the round, so I'm sure I will have to be hanging out here for a while :doh:

10-04-2006, 04:59 PM
Lion Brand has them list by how hard they are.

And I agree with just pick one you want to knit and start it. You can get help here they are GREAT!

Pink Dandelion
10-05-2006, 01:47 AM
Knitting in the round is easy!! If you need to transfer your stitches on to a circular needle or Double point slip them all off and onto the new needle(s) purlwise, and then grab the other side as if your row hasn't ended yet and start knitting!

(I really hope that makes sense :teehee:... it really is super easy once you've tried it)

10-05-2006, 10:50 AM
When I transfer stitches I don't slip them off, but use the new needle to just knit them onto. Way eaiser and you don't risk dropping one.