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madametj
11-06-2006, 03:07 PM
I am 16. know of any free patterns 4 teenagers?

p.s. i'm also a beginner so dont throw any sweaters and dresses at me. we're talking accessories here!

gardenmommy
11-06-2006, 03:56 PM
Have you looked over at Knitting Pattern Central?

http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/directory.php

Tons of free patterns there, sorted by categories. What's nice is that it has all the free patterns like from the major yarn manufacturers and popular sites like Knitty or Magknits all in one place, and you can do use their search feature if you are looking for something more specific.

madametj
11-06-2006, 04:40 PM
i have tried lionbrandyarn.com and was unimpressed. i've also seen the knitting pattern central, but there's so much that even if there is something there that i like, its really hard to find, and i havent seen it.

projectgal
11-06-2006, 05:08 PM
Knitty Gritty has an episode with the author of Teen Knits. Maybe something there will inspire you.

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_3633031,00.html

What about a Booga Bag? Easy and VERY forgiving since you felt it when you are finished!

Did you browse the knitpicks site yet? They have some projects that are a little less "dated".

The problem with many of the Lion Brand patterns is that they are pushing their yarn, which is well...limiting. Try taking a basic pattern and using a yarn that you like.

CateKnits
11-06-2006, 06:34 PM
I'm 19 and I like some of the stuff from knitty.com. Some of the sweaters and suck are a little "old" looking for me, but they've got some great scarves and hats and things.

psammeadred
11-06-2006, 07:17 PM
I definitely agree, most of the Lion Brand patterns are junk. (Check out the "flattering" dress and cardigan - yikes! Who in their right mind would wear that? Or the coats made of fun fur? Hello, my name is Tarzan, and I'll be your knitting instructor today...)

madametj, if you can knit, purl, and bind off, you can make a sweater! Just post any questions here. This is the nicest, most helpful forum I've ever been on. If you don't feel up to making a sweater for yourself, try making a baby sweater first. That way you can get a feel for sweater construction, and someone will appreciate that you made something for their baby.

Compulsive
11-06-2006, 09:10 PM
I knit for my pre-teen dd, and my 16 yo niece. I found several books through the library that appealed to both:

Not Another Teen Knitting Book by Vickie Howell
Stitch & B!tch by Debbie Stroller
Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit With 15 Fun And Funky Projects by Shannon Okey
Knitgrrl 2: Learn to Knit with 16 All-New Patterns by Shannon Okey

Jan in CA
11-06-2006, 10:13 PM
Knitting pattern central can be intimidating, but you can also search which narrows down the choices considerably. Here's a few simple projects that might appeal to you.


Scrunchable scarf (http://www.knitlist.com/96gift/giftsscarf.htm)
The scarf linked above can be beautiful if you use a pretty yarn. If you search here in the forum you'll see lots of them that are gorgeous!
Simple Ribbed Scarf (http://www.figandplum.com/archives/000318.html)
This bag is pretty easy, too.
Sophie Bag (http://www.magknits.com/warm04/patterns/sophie.htm)

jess_hawk
11-07-2006, 01:49 AM
I have to admit to being more ambitious than a lot of people. My first project was a scarf which started out about eighteen inches wide, wandered about, and finally settled down to a width of six inches for about two feet. Pleased with this result, I set out to knit a sweater. This sweater was started no less than six years ago and is currently half finished. Not because it was hard (although I picked out the most obnoxious yarn possible and a nice, complex pattern) - I just got bored with it. I moved straight on to a pair of fingerless gloves, two more scarves, a beret, and some winter hats. My point is - don't be intimidated by anything. If you don't know what you're doing, I suggest that you start at the beginning and work slowly to the end. and when you get done, you will wonder how you did that. In fact, when I showed the gloves to my grandma (who taught me most of what I know about knitting), she said, "Where did you learn to do that!?" and when I told her that she was the only one who had given me any instructions outside of the pattern for the gloves, she informed me that this was impossible, because she certainly couldn't make those!
You can make anything you want to... as long as you don't get scared away from it.

madametj
11-09-2006, 08:05 PM
I definitely agree, most of the Lion Brand patterns are junk. (Check out the "flattering" dress and cardigan - yikes! Who in their right mind would wear that? Or the coats made of fun fur? Hello, my name is Tarzan, and I'll be your knitting instructor today...)

madametj, if you can knit, purl, and bind off, you can make a sweater! Just post any questions here. This is the nicest, most helpful forum I've ever been on. If you don't feel up to making a sweater for yourself, try making a baby sweater first. That way you can get a feel for sweater construction, and someone will appreciate that you made something for their baby.

a sweater! i've always believed that i could never knit a sweater...

it is very encouraging to hear someone say that if i can knit, purl, and bind off i can make a sweater. :hug:

i think i'll take jess_hawk's advice and believe that i can make anything

thank you! :muah:

madametj
11-09-2006, 08:15 PM
as far as sweaters go, maybe i'll just start w/ and iPod cozy/sweater, then i can give it to one of my friends.

SandraEllen
11-10-2006, 08:24 AM
cute... :)

Jenelle
11-10-2006, 12:39 PM
Maybe you could try some wristbands? I know those are in at the moment, and they don't take much time to make. I'm 14 and made plenty of those.

I agree with what jess_hawk said.

Here are some patterns that I found:

Easy wristband (http://www.chroniclebooks.com/Chronicle/excerpt/0811848884-e1.html).

Obnoxiously simple fingerless gloves (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10620.0)(these would be good to practice color changes)

Simple hat (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=123)

madametj
11-20-2006, 08:33 PM
Maybe you could try some wristbands? I know those are in at the moment, and they don't take much time to make. I'm 14 and made plenty of those.

I agree with what jess_hawk said.

Here are some patterns that I found:

Easy wristband (http://www.chroniclebooks.com/Chronicle/excerpt/0811848884-e1.html).

Obnoxiously simple fingerless gloves (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=10620.0)(these would be good to practice color changes)

Simple hat (http://www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=123)


i really like these patterns! :cheering: i will definetly give them a try.

madametj
11-29-2006, 08:56 PM
bump!

Jan in CA
11-29-2006, 10:14 PM
I made my first sweater after I'd been knitting 3 mos. If I can do it you can! :hug:

madametj
11-29-2006, 10:28 PM
:hug: thanx

i need all the encouragement i can get

ilurffknit<3
12-01-2006, 08:59 AM
Well let me say something that's already been said.

I'm 16 myself, and I have received the greatest amount of encouragement at this forum! If you have any problems along the way, you have friends and helpers in us members (I personally wont be able to do much).

This is the best place on the net to come if you need help and advice.

As for a pattern, if you find one you kinda like, but don't find all that great, use it as a starting point! Do what you can to change the pattern to be more you. I'm makin some legwarmers, and instead of making them tight like the reference pattern I'm using says to, I'm loosening them up so I can bunch them.

madametj
12-01-2006, 05:25 PM
Well let me say something that's already been said.

I'm 16 myself, and I have received the greatest amount of encouragement at this forum! If you have any problems along the way, you have friends and helpers in us members (I personally wont be able to do much).

This is the best place on the net to come if you need help and advice.

As for a pattern, if you find one you kinda like, but don't find all that great, use it as a starting point! Do what you can to change the pattern to be more you. I'm makin some legwarmers, and instead of making them tight like the reference pattern I'm using says to, I'm loosening them up so I can bunch them.

i've been looking for a legwarmer pattern myself. can u post it here?

CarmenIbanez
12-01-2006, 05:41 PM
This (www.knittinghelp.com/knitting/forum/viewtopic.php?t=12906&start=855)is my blog. I just posted a picture of some stockings that I am making for my teenage sister. The pattern is in the latest issue of Knit.1 and there are a bunch of cute teen designs. I think anyway. I realize it isn't free. But the mag costs $5 I think and there are lots of patterns. Anyway, just an idea. I think that particular magazine tends to have more "younger" patterns.