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Archive for January 31st, 2011


Five Quick & Easy Knitting Patterns

January 31st, 2011

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Whether you are a beginning knitter or a long-time knitter who would like to work on a simple but beautiful pattern, here are a few ideas for patterns that will make you look and feel good.

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1.  Striking Hat and Scarf
This Striking Hat and Scarf are made with Amazing, one of my favorite yarns.  It is 53% wool, so it’s warm and the color changes are subtle and beautiful, making it look like much more costly hand-painted yarn.

2.  Learn to Knit Cuffs
Most people make scarves as their first project.  Here’s a beginner knitting project that will make you look like a pro.  I see people on the subway wearing these all the time so they can text and send emails while keeping their hands warm.  It’s made with Wool-Ease Thick & Quick, which is a yarn that knits up quickly.  People who rated it called the pattern “addictive” and fun for even an experienced knitter.  It makes a great gift at under $8.00.

3. Plush Scarf
This dramatic and beautiful knit scarf is deceptively simple.  Knit it in Fun Fur (it’s called that for a reason–Fun Fur is really fun to work with) and choose colors that look like real fur or bright colors that pop depending on who you are making it for.  One of the nice features of Fun Fur is that the long strands of faux fur hide any mistakes that you make.

4.  Colorful Beginner’s Hat
One of the people who commented on this pattern said she knit 11 of them as Christmas Gifts.  Not only is it fast, in our bulky, Hometown USA yarn, but you can make it for under $5.00.  If bright is not your thing, choose from a fantastic palette of colors, including colors that represent your favorite team.  Here comes the Super Bowl!

5.  Cumulus Cloths
Knitting patterns  don’t get much faster and easier than this.  Using Cotton-Ease, a cotton blend yarn with an elegant drape and soft feel, you can create house-warming gifts, Mother’s Day gifts, shower gifts and, if you pick the right colors, gifts for those hard to buy for men in your life.  Going to someone’s house for dinner?  Bring these washcloths tied up in a ribbon and put them in a gift bag with some tissue paper.  Personally, I think this thoughtful, personal gift is a great alternative to a bottle of wine or a box of candy.

There you have it.  Five knitting patterns, easy enough for a beginner but not for beginners only!  Enjoy.  Let me know if you try these and what you think.