Spring into knitting

cherrybSpring is a great time to learn to knit! You can practice on a scarf or two, maybe make some mitts or a hat, and by the time the cooler weather rolls around again, you’ll be ready to make your first sweater! Seriously, my second project ever was a sweater. I learned to knit because I love sweaters, and didn’t want to spend any more time on flat things. It wasn’t the greatest sweater, but I wore it proudly.

fling-4Are you a beginning knitter? Once you know how to knit and purl, here are some patterns you might like to try:

These are super easy: How about a reversible scarf with different stitch patterns on each side? Or a garter stitch boa that works with pretty much any yarn.

dashing 2Try these next: Learn to knit in the round on double pointed needles (it’s not that hard!) and create cables (also not that hard!) while making these popular fingerless mitts. There’s also a guy-friendly version). Maybe you want warmer hands? How about some mittens? Or a simple baby hat worked in the round (it makes a great gift)! knitscene-inari-skirtDo you know a Life Aquatic fan who needs a basic ribbed hat?

Ready for a challenge? How about a sweater? This one only takes a few hours. Mr. Darcy is very straightforward (exactly what you need in a Regency-era hero). Or try this drawstring-waisted skirt for a versatile addition to your wardrobe.

There are lots more patterns here and here. Have fun!