View Full Version : What are your "mindless knitting" projects?

01-14-2009, 03:42 PM
We all have them!
You want to watch TV, but your hands need to stay busy while you do. :lol:

So you don't want to pick up that complicated project...you know, the one where you have to look at the pattern every few stitches because then you'll miss bits of the plot.

Or you only have a few minutes before you have to start dinner, you don't want to get into that difficult project so instead, you pick up.......?

A scarf? A blanket? A hat?

What are your "mindless knitting" projects?
(Post links to the patterns if you can!)

01-14-2009, 03:51 PM
Anything that is mostly stockinette.

I am going to South Africa in a couple of weeks and will be there for 3 weeks. My project will be "Scoop du Jour" from Chic Knits because it mainly stockinette.

I am currently working on Radiance from Valley Yarns but I know I will drop the cable needle on the plane or mess up the cable pattern while gabbing with friends and family:)

Scarves are good too, but I rarely knit them.

01-14-2009, 04:13 PM
I've been doing charity hats with chunky yarn I can get one done in a couple of hours and that's about as long as I can watch tv.

01-14-2009, 04:34 PM
I just finished a 2x2 rib hat for my middle daughter and that was perfect for tv knitting. Otherwise it would be preemie burial buntings.

01-14-2009, 04:53 PM
I have a huge cone of Sugar 'n Cream cotton I'm making basic dishclothes with.

Jan in CA
01-14-2009, 05:09 PM
Garter or stockinette in the round is mindless for me. Right now I'm doing that January KAL - stashgan and since it's all garter it's perfect! If I'm watching TV I have less problems wanting to poke my eyes out with the needles from boredom. :teehee:

01-14-2009, 05:57 PM
Plain socks. ;)

01-14-2009, 06:06 PM
Basically anything I don't have to keep looking at the directions or chart for.

Lady Violet
01-14-2009, 06:30 PM
The Yarn Harlot's one row handspun scarf (http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/10/12/one_row_handspun_scarf.html)is the ultimate in mindless knitting (imo). The 4 st pattern is quickly memorized, yet it's interesting enough to keep you knitting. Plus, it looks great and really impresses people (like my brother's new wife at the airport :teehee: ). I give it a 10 out of 10. :thumbsup:

01-14-2009, 06:31 PM
my mindless knitting is pretty much anything I'm doing at the time. I don't generally make something with a super complicated pattern. If I do I listen to what's on the tv so I still know what's going on :p

01-14-2009, 06:35 PM
Anything with stockinette or mostly knit and purl rows...the Feather and Fan stitch is actually pretty mindless for me, because there is only one row with decreases and yarn overs every four rows, and you can put stitch markers in for each pattern repeat. But yeah, with knitting and purling, I've gotten to the point where I don't have to look at my hands. I don't think that's ever gonna happen with crochet though. :)

01-14-2009, 07:05 PM
Simple rolled brim hats
Socks (any simple or 2x2 ribbing)
Mason Dixon's Mitered Square Afghan (it'll get finished SOMEDAY!)

01-14-2009, 09:32 PM
Socks.. Basic ss socks knit up really fast and are mindless for most of the project.

01-14-2009, 10:13 PM
Socks are great for mindless knitting. Any pattern that doesn't go over 8 rows I can get down and work through easily.

01-15-2009, 10:46 AM
The Yarn Harlot's one row handspun scarf (http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/10/12/one_row_handspun_scarf.html)is the ultimate in mindless knitting (imo). The 4 st pattern is quickly memorized, yet it's interesting enough to keep you knitting. Plus, it looks great and really impresses people (like my brother's new wife at the airport :teehee: ). I give it a 10 out of 10. :thumbsup:

Thanks so much! I've been looking for an interesting, yet easy scarf pattern... :yay:

01-15-2009, 07:11 PM
I am working on a garter stich scarf (I think that's what it's called) for my aunt. I am a true beginner, but I just want to get this done before her birthday in 10 days. I might not succeed because of a time consuming place called school, but I will do my best. After a couple of knits, I may try a pattern, but not yet.

Firey Vixxen
01-16-2009, 01:10 AM
For Mindless Movie Knitting (in *gasp* a cinema) I reach for first a garter scarf (or similar) or Tubey socks. I have a feeling my Log Cabin Blanket is going to be a movie goer favourite too.
For something with more light but still no desire to concentrate, simple stitch patterns with looking but no counting are brilliant for TV veiwing. Or what ever I've got a time crunch for.
Think Projects are music only, when I need to turn off from the world.

01-16-2009, 01:29 AM
hmmmmm.... well, I have nothing...
I'm not in that stage of knitting where I can do it mindlessly... I guess that comes later... LOL!

01-17-2009, 10:56 AM
My mindless knitting projects are usually something with the moss or seed stitch. I make dishcloths with this stitch a lot. Right now I am working on a shawl using this stitch and Homespun yarn. I don't have a pattern. I cast on about 71 stitches (always use an odd number of stitches). Then it is mindless. K1, P1 across. Turn and repeat.


01-17-2009, 04:06 PM
I have two at the moment. A scarf that is all garter stitch until I get to near the end and add the pattern. A kimono which is a ss except of a 2 inch seed stitch trim and the back will have a dragon on it. I do love mindless knitting. The challenging stuff keeps me busy and not bored with knitting.

01-18-2009, 04:32 PM
Oddball Blankets!!!!

There are regional groups here and on Rav, and we make baby blankets for charity. Each knitter only knits a 4" strip (usually 90-110 stitches wide), then you send it along to the next knitter. The stitch pattern does not need to be complicated, even plain ole garter looks great!

These are great for using up acrylic in your stash and for trying out a new stitch pattern (even if you don't like it, you are only doing it for 4"). Plus you are helping to make something wonderful for a child in need.

Check out the KH Charity Forum (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=29) for tips, tricks, and regional threads!

01-18-2009, 04:52 PM
The Oddball Afghans are a great idea!

I third the dishcloths vote! Those are my favorite mindless knitting projects. In fact I have one OTN now that I'm almost done with. I recently noticed that several of my hand-knit dishcloths have sprouted holes (ACK!) and I think my new 10-yr-old dishwasher *may* be the culprit...Ah, well, at least I know I have plenty of cotton yarn to replace or repair them with :teehee:

In fact I bought some new cotton yarn just yesterday, along with some sock yarn, at Hobby Lobby (not like I don't already *have* a bit, but they were so purdy!).

I am just finishing binding off my first pair of toe-up-two-at-a-time pair of red worsted weight socks. I used Swish from Knit Picks. I definitely had to concentrate a LOT~but they're only my second pair. I personally can't imagine SOCKS ever becoming mindless knitting for me, I am in awe of those of you who do!

02-14-2009, 04:24 PM
My go-to project for mindless knitting is cotton dishcloths. The other easy knitting I like to do is a garter stitch scarf. I ususally have one or both of these projects in my knitting bag - they're so easy to grab and go - for doctor's offices, car trips, coffee shop etc.

02-14-2009, 04:26 PM
I agree about the Oddball blankets, especially the pet snuggles because they are garter stitch. I just started participating and it's wonderful, helping children and animals while doing my favorite hobby!

I also make ribbed scarves as gifts, and they are pretty mindless. Pretty much anything with an easily memorized pattern repeat, and no complicated shaping, is mindless knitting for me.

02-14-2009, 08:09 PM
dishcloths, the boring foot of a sock, and felted bags where over a 100 rounds are all SS.

02-16-2009, 09:39 AM
A very simple, ribbed sock. :mrgreen:

02-16-2009, 10:34 AM
I knit socks without a fancy design in them mindlessly while I watch tv.

02-16-2009, 12:06 PM
My mindless knitting is the easy sock nothing with a pattern. I always have one on the needles just in case. Great take alongs also when waiting in Doctors, Dentist offices.

02-16-2009, 01:32 PM
I spend a lot of time making 6x9 inch rectangles for a chrity. I can watch tv and not even have to look at my hands. I'm also working on my blanket which I can also do when watchin tv.

02-28-2009, 03:51 PM
My mindless knitting project, i am shamed to say, is just a mitered square. i just learned how to knit one, so now i can't stop. that is all the special knitting i do really. but i love to do it all the same.

02-28-2009, 09:30 PM
I spend a lot of time making 6x9 inch rectangles for a chrity..

That's when I get most of my HAP 6x9's done too.:hug:

02-28-2009, 09:45 PM
The Yarn Harlot's one row handspun scarf (http://www.yarnharlot.ca/blog/archives/2006/10/12/one_row_handspun_scarf.html)is the ultimate in mindless knitting (imo). The 4 st pattern is quickly memorized, yet it's interesting enough to keep you knitting. Plus, it looks great and really impresses people (like my brother's new wife at the airport :teehee: ). I give it a 10 out of 10. :thumbsup:
I loved your photos, showing the transition from batt to yarn to knitted scarf. It's beautiful, and a pattern I'll be using. Thank you.....

03-01-2009, 09:55 AM
I have been knitting this lapghan for 2 months (began in the KAL seamless blanket thread) and it's pretty mindless for me now. I stopped making the log cabin square and was intending to end it, but decided it needed more length, so on one side, I've been just knitting stripes, to make it longer. (see them on the bottom? - where the ball and needles are still attached...)

The other day, I was knitting it in the car in the dark, and didn't make a single mistake. I can knit in the dark!


03-02-2009, 02:50 PM
Hats and socks as long as I am not turning the heel of doing something with cables or patterns. I keep a couple of these type projects going to I can grab and go. I have to admit even at my knitting group I can get to talking or listening and throw myself on a difficult pattern type project.

03-02-2009, 02:54 PM
An easy hat is always great for mindless knitting. Either a simple rolled brim hat or an easy beret.