A small triangular shawl with an easy lacy border, the Oaklet is a pretty little accessory that you can wear around your neck or across your shoulders. In the size shown, Oaklet uses about one skein of fingering weight yarn. It’s worked on relatively large needles for extra drape, and the pattern is easy to … Read More
The Canaletto cowl is wide and luxurious, and emphasizes geometric lines and simple textures. Bands of seed stitch and eyelets are intersected by stocking stitch, and each texture catches the light differently. The stacked eyelets create a gentle bias, adding to the cowl’s flexibility for looping around your neck. Pattern includes two sizes; the larger … Read More
Knitting for babies is delightful. It’s all so mind-bendingly miniature. (I forgot to weigh these before I wrapped them, but they couldn’t have used more than 10 grams of sock yarn.) Saartje’s Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn is a free pattern, downloadable on Ravelry, with instructions for two sizes. I would call the sizes Newborn and 3 … Read More
A washcloth is a great project for the beginner knitter. It’s also a wonderful gift. This quartet ranges from the simplest garter stitch cloth, to a more advanced openwork cloth. Skill Level Beginner to easy (knitting basics plus basic lace) Yarn Each cloth requires about 40 yds of worsted or heavy worsted yarn in cotton, … Read More
An easy leaf-shaped washcloth that makes a great quick gift. A good project for the beginner knitter who’s ready to move beyond the square. Make them in leafy colors, or get zany with rainbow cotton. The finished size depends on what weight of yarn you choose. Skill Level beginner (basic decreasing and increasing) Yarn 30 yards … Read More
New Bittersweet is a great easy knit. Long enough to loop around your neck twice. Basic lace zigzags through the center, forming an intriguing flame pattern. Firm garter stitch welts at each edge help the cowl to lie flat. Worked on biggish needles in worsted or aran weight yarn, this is luxurious but quick; a … Read More
Although a cowl in ye olde times would be a slouchy hooded cape, in the knitting world it has come to mean something more like a circular scarf or neck warmer. Usually a knitted tube that sits around your neck, or a rectangle that buttons at the neck.
Knitting for babies is one of the best kinds of knitting. Babies are small, cute, and undiscerning. Knitting for them is fast, inexpensive, and joyful. And the web is chock-full of free knitting patterns for babies. Check out the blog for free knitting patterns, or check out this list of gems that I made a while … Read More
There are so many wonderful free patterns for babies and kids, here are a few more. Legwarmies by Alana Dakos. Make sure to check out the ravelry page for this one for all the great photos. This one is from Coat of Many Colors. Simple newborn hat with a touch of lace by Ginny Foreman. … Read More
I was delighted to be asked to guest-blog over at favecraftsblog today. This blog for favecrafts is full of crafting tidbits; not just knitting, but jewellery, crochet, baking, paper crafts, sewing and more.
The great positive response to the Toddler Raglan Hoodie tells me that tricky knitters are hungry for free knitting patterns for babies and kids. So I’ve started collecting inspiring (and free) patterns on their own page: Free Knitting Patterns for Babies. You’ll find many gems there to inspire you, like this hat and cardi set from … Read More
I was just writing a little article on easy knitting patterns, and then I saw this one in Berroco’s e-newsletter, KnitBits. The Baobab pouch for an e-reader (like a Kindle ), done with sock weight yarn in seed stitch.