Originally Posted by H_and_D
I hope you can help me in my quest to be a better knitter.
Right now I have the basics (knit, purl etc.) down but I am looking to learn increasing, decreasing and using multiple colors.
Does anyone know some good but generally simple patterns that use these concepts? It doesn't matter what it is but most of the patterns I see are too complicated.
Right now I am mostly knitting scarves and I would like to move to the next step, although I do not know what that next step would be.
I learned to knit in January and made three scarves to start with. Then all through the spring I searched websites that list knitting stitch patterns and made 8x8 inch squares. I learned lots of techniques doing this (although not increasing and decreasing). I did slip stitch, lace, twisted stitch, different cables, tried different cast-ons and bind-offs, all sorts of things, even crochet edging. You can practice intarsia and fair isle with the squares. Eventually I hope it will become a throw for the couch.
Now I am working on a sweater (To Dye For from SnB) and it has simple shaping, increasing and decreasing. I would recommend it as a starter sweater if you have the patience for all stockinette stitch.
I know this doesn't exactly answer your question, but I think the squares are good way to practice lots of different techniques and get something out of it, too.