As the weather turns chillier, many people start thinking about their cardigan knitting patterns, wondering what they should make this year. Although it’s certainly possible to knit all year round, most of the classic pieces are intended for wearing or using during the winter. Options for knit items are as unconstrained as the minds of the people who think them up.
For people who are considering taking up the hobby, the basics are easiest to learn using a combination of internet videos and a good book and quality yarns. The book can explain the various methods of basic knitting, while also offering some easy patterns to get started with. But seeing the stitches actually be done in a video or in person often makes them much easier to comprehend.
Scarves are a great first project for a gift, or for yourself. If you are not a complete beginner, there are many decorative stitches that will let you put a twist on the plain old scarf. Because scarves go directly against the skin in many cases, be especially picky about the yarn that you use. Wool can be itchy and hard to wash. Alpaca is a good choice, but is expensive.
Traditional, somewhat more complicated options include hats, sweaters, and mittens. Blankets are easy to make but can be embellished with fancy stitches to make them more interesting. However, this is a large project to take on. Don’t expect that your first attempt at any of these will be perfect, or you’re likely to be disappointed.
Unfortunately for those who love it, knitting isn’t particularly cheap. Craft-store quality yarn that comes with a low price tag will only do for the most basic of applications. One way to get good yarn is to purchase old thrift store sweaters and unravel them yourself. However, this usually means not knowing what type or gauge of yarn you will be getting ahead of time.
Bag sales are good places to find cheaper yarns. But unless you are working on a lot of projects, you will probably end up with several that you have no use for. Most experienced knitters have a yarn collection of quite some size, full of odds and ends from bags and previous projects, which is great, but only if you have room for it.
For a new project, think outside the box. Almost anything can be made with the flexible craft of knitting, and the sky’s the limit as far as project inventiveness goes. Felting is a fun thing to do, which changes the properties of the item you made and creates a whole new type of craft to work with. The internet is a great source of all kinds of inspiration for crafty sorts, as well.
Knitting patterns are great starting places, but as you get better with your craft, you will find yourself wanting to make something that you just can’t find the perfect pattern for. This is when you need to put on your creative hat, and start tweaking. Most people who really enjoy the craft eventually find that they enjoy making their own patterns, or at least modifying the ones that they are working from.