Fancy learning a new skill in 2015? Or in the mood to pick up a new craft? Look no further… today I am more than a little bit excited to be sharing with you the start of a five part series – in collaboration with LoveKnitting – knitting for beginners
Dreamed up last year, we want to help knitters who are perhaps just starting out and have picked up the basic stitches, but aren’t sure where to go next. It can be an easy trap for a beginner to fall into, but over the next five weeks I’ll be sharing a selection of tutorials to help develop your knitting skills, teach you new ones and boost your knitting confidence.
I’ve been knitting for over three years now and I understand how tricky it can be to know where to turn next, once you’ve learnt the basics. I got stuck doing knit and purl for ages, but there are so many other stitches and techniques out there that, with a little time, you can master and will help you create some ace projects.
So first up, we have a tea cosy. Spruce up your afternoon tea with this super chunky tea cosy; it’s the perfect pattern for those who have mastered the basics. I love the fact that it’s made using 8mm knitting needles and Rowan Big Wool – you’ll be able to see it grow and finish it in no time (I made mine in just an evening).
What you’ll learn from lesson one of knitting for beginners:
- Using chunky yarn
- Using ‘big’ (8mm) knitting needles
- Moving on from knit and purl stitches
- Working with stocking and moss stitch
- This pattern
- 8mm knitting needles
- Rowan Big Wool in Sun (068) – 100g
- Yarn needle
- Pom pom (optional)
Head on over to LoveKnitting now for my full tutorial – including a step by step guide and lots of photos!
Happy knitting! Don’t forget to come back next week for the second knitting for beginners tutorial – designed to teach you how to change colours and shape your knitting! If you need any help or have any questions drop me a comment below or email me – let me know how you’re getting on.
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