Easy Knitting Patterns
Whether you are a new knitter, or an experienced knitter looking for a break, easy knitting patterns are a nice addition to your knitting library. Look for patterns with the skill levels Beginner or Easy, and the steps should be simple, and the knitting skills required should only include the basics: casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, binding off, and possible some basic steps, like knit 2 together (k2tog) and yarn over (yo). The Craft Yarn Council defines Beginner as "Projects for first-time knitters using basic knit and purl stitches, with minimal shaping," and Easy as "...using basic stitches, repetitive stitch patterns, simple color changes, simple shaping and finishing." The nice thing about that definition is that this covers a lot of knitting patterns. You can make almost any garment with those basic skills.
You can start your hunt for easy knitting patterns just by going to Google, and typing in "easy knitting patterns." If you really enjoy the hunt, that's a lot of fun. But if you want to get down to knitting, Ravelry is a great place to narrow things down quickly. If you're a beginner knitter, it's also nice to be able to see other knitters' successes before your cast on. For a pattern to have a Difficulty rating in Ravelry, users have to rate it.
Here's a starting search in the Ravelry pattern browser. This will show knitting patterns that have been rated a 1-Very Easy by knitters, sorted by popularity. If you want to include more challenging patterns, you can change the Difficulty filter, on the lower left side of the pattern browser screen.
Or, if knitting books are more your style, there are hundreds to choose from. Debbie Bliss and Erika Knight design books are a nice choice. They're tried and tested, and tend to use classic, simple shaping. Mags Kandis Gifted is beautiful, with a range of skill levels. Also, books for One Skein Knitting Patterns tend to have lots of easy patterns. Okay, must stop looking at books, my wallet is light enough as it is!!
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