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January 17 2011

How to Knit a Baby Blanket — Simple Pattern for Beginners

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This is a simple baby blanket to knit, and the open pattern is slightly lacy so it turns out beautiful.

Knitting a blanket is one of those things that can provide you with hours and hours of peaceful and relaxing work to do that also ends up creating a fantastic end result. If you are starting your first blanket, it’s probably better to start with something just a little smaller. A baby blanket is the perfect first project for beginning knitters. Baby blankets are a great way to get your feet wet without getting in over your head.

I found a beautiful and easy baby blanket for newbies to learn with. You’re absolutely going to love this one! This baby blanket looks incredible in white and ends up with a very soft lacy feel that is perfect for the little darling in your life.

I always like to keep a baby blanket or two in my “gift closet.” Then, whenever I learn that someone is expecting, I have a present ready to go. These simple to knit blankets are always appreciated, and can even become an heirloom.(...)
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December 02 2010

Photo Gallery of Fantastic Knitted Toy Animal

What are you knitting next? Are you ready to tackle some toys? Check out our inspiring photo gallery of knit toy animals and you’ll picking out yarn before you know it. Feel free to share a photo of your favorite knit toys in the comments, too. Enjoy the photos!

Knitted Toy Animal Photo Gallery

The Un-named Giraffe

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knitted by mrtruffle: Check out the cool shoulder bag. A must have for any modern Giraffe. (...)
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November 27 2010

Knitted Toys: Unique Animals and Other Imaginative Characters

We’ve rounded up a bunch of fun knitted toy animals to spark your imagination! Grab your needles and get ready to start knitting. You’ll soon have a chest full of these adorable knitted toys. Or, whip up a batch of knitted animals for small gifts and stocking stuffers. Links to patterns—when available—can be found next to the photo credit. Enjoy the pics!

Knitted Toy Animal Photo Gallery

Knit Manatee

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project by Tapir Girl: My own design. Special thanks to my mom for making the hat! (...)
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November 24 2010

Knitting Patterns for Beanies

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Knitted beanie by Allerina & Glen MacLarty.

When you’re learning to knit it’s natural to have lots of questions. You’re not the only one! We’ve picked some of the best questions to answer here. Think you have a better answer? Leave your answer in the comments below.

Where to Find Knitting Patterns for Beanies

Today’s questions are all about  where to find the best patterns for knitting beanies. If you have an answer, feel free to chime in with a comment and share your thoughts! Meanwhile, we’ll be on the lookout for the best beanie patterns… (...)
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November 23 2010

We Love Knitted Toy Animals! Gorgeous Amigurumi Pics with Patterns

We’ve rounded up another bunch of fun knitted toy animals to inspire your inner knitter. Links to the pattern are in the caption when available. Enjoy the photo gallery!

Knitted Toy Animals: Amigurumi Photo Gallery

This gallery features photos of knitted projects by baghi. Patterns are available on her blog at baghisblog.blogspot.com, or check below the image for links to a specific toy pattern. These knit toys would make great baby gifts or stocking stuffers for the kids. They’re also simple enough to whip up quickly, so you can easily knit up enough for all your nieces or a class full of kindergartners. (...)
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November 18 2010

Instructions for Knitting Socks in 10 Easy Steps

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Who doesn't like a good sturdy wool sock. These will be the perfect socks for winter studying or knitting! Pattern: Gentleman's Lozenge Socks from Knitting Vintage Socks using hand-spun yarn, spun by Anne of knitspot.com. (photo courtesy of adamknits)

Do you have some knitting experience and some left over yarn from previous projects? How about knitting a pair of socks for you or someone close to you? Using these instructions, a pair of knitted socks can make a perfect unique gift and are wonderful to wear around the house during the colder months of the year. It’s a good idea to have foot measurements if the sock is for someone else.

To follow these instructions for knitting socks, you’ll need to know a few basic knitting techniques: knitting, purling, casting on, and casting off. Before you start this how to knit socks tutorial, I recommend brushing up on a few basic techniques. (...)
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November 16 2010

Knitted Toy Animal Photos – The Best of the Best

What are you knitting next? How about making knitted toy animal? If you need a little inspiration to get started, then check out these photos of our favorite knitted toy animals. We’ve rounded up the best knitted animals and included information about patterns in the captions when available. Enjoy the photos!

Knitted Toy Animal Photo Gallery

Knitting Toys — a Snail?

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photo by >>>WonderMike<<<

Fabulous new toy designed by Hansi Singh on Etsy and Ravelry.

Knitted Toy Bird — a Platypus Maybe?

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photo by Frau Chinchilla

Knitted Plush Alligator

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photo by Kristibee1

This neat little plush alligator is the perfect toy for any child – or child-at-heart who happens to love ‘gators! For purchase on Ravelry: www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/plush-alligator. Or, on Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/kristijb

Army of Knit Tapirs

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photo by Tapir Girl

I now sell tapirs on Etsy. You can visit my shop here: www.etsy.com/shop/Tapirgirl

Knitted Toy Penguin Escapes from Frame

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photo by Lance McCord

From a set of photos of Sophia’s toys, for posterity’s sake.

Meet White Lilly — a Knitted Toy Bunny

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photo by .●๋•. baghi .●๋•.

Lilly is a tiny bunny that loves country and flowers. Buy the pattern for this knitted toy bunny in English or Italian. ♥ See baghisblog.blogspot.com for details.


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October 06 2010

Which Method is Best for Blocking Your Knitting?

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Blocking uses stretching and moisture to shape your yarn and get a piece of knitting squared up to look even and straight.

If you’ve ever completed a knitting project and ended up with something just a little lumpier than you had imagined it might be good to consider blocking your knitting. Since you are using round thread and round needles it is virtually impossible to create something that is perfectly square and you typically end up with something that is more trapezoid instead. Blocking your knitting will help you to reshape your piece back into straight lines.

Blocking uses stretching and moisture to help shape a finished piece in order to match another one of the same size or just get a piece of knitting squared up to make the rows look even and straight. You will also generally block anything knitted from lace to showcase all of the holes and patterns you worked so hard to create. (...)
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October 04 2010

Knitting Hats: How to Knit a Beanie

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If you have the skills to make a scarf then learning how to knit a beanie is easy peasy!

A lot of people are like me: they have a pretty good understanding of most simple knitting techniques but they shy away from doing more advanced projects. When it comes to knitting something like a hat, well, it sounds to advanced to even get started!

It’s true that some hats are complex, especially hats that require knitting in the round. But, know this, if you have the skills to make a scarf then learning how to knit a beanie is easy peasy!

Let’s get started! Here is an overview of everything you need to know, including instructions to knit a beanie. (...)
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September 30 2010

Instructions for Knitting a Striped Scarf with Fringe

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You will need one skein of each color to knit this striped scarf.

Here is a neat striped scarf pattern using an 85% wool 15% mohair blend of 190 yards per 4 ounce skein in three colors. You will need one skein of each color and works best with size 10 needles as well as a I/9 crochet hook and a tapestry needle to weave in the ends. This pattern is 28 stitches=4 inches for gauge. (...)
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September 29 2010

Consider Learning How to Knit on a Loom

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Knitting on a loom is much faster and easier to learn than knitting with needles

There are two way of going about nearly anything. There is a hard way, and an easy way. Keep in mind that I didn’t say there was a hard way and a way that requires no work, everything requires some amount of effort, but what we are talking about is the amount of effort required to get something done. In the realm of learning how to knit there is a hard way and a much easier way. You’ll still have to learn how to do certain things regardless of which you choose, but one way is far simpler.

One way of knitting is to use needles, this is the hard way. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s the wrong way, there are millions of people out there who love knitting with needles and will never do it any other way regardless of how many other ways there are to do it. Knitting with needles is an ancient and traditional method and allows for a great degree of potential craftsmanship and handmade quality. But I say potential because very few individuals ever reach the stage of true craftsmanship when it comes to needle knitting. (...)
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September 28 2010

Free Pattern to Knit a Simple Blanket to Last for Years

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although not everyone thinks that you should knit blankets with big and chunky yarns, it's just those sorts of yarn that will end up being the softest, snuggliest and favorite blankets.

Whether you want a project to practice your stitches or just want to find a way to keep your hands busy and warm on those winter nights, knitting a blanket is a wonderful craft that can give your something and also something you need. Plus, as you knit away you will get enough “blanket” finished to keep your knees warm long before you’re finished.

Everywhere you look somebody is giving away a free pattern to knit a blanket. There are many, many patterns to make blankets and so you’re sure to have plenty of choices — everything from cable knits to floral afghans! And, although not everyone thinks that you should knit blankets with big and chunky yarns, it’s just those sorts of yarn that will end up being the softest, snuggliest and favorite blankets. (...)
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September 27 2010

Instructions: How to Knit a Garter Stitch

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Once you get into a groove knitting the garter stitch, it's very easy to do.

To the uninitiated, knitting may look dizzyingly complex. It’s really not as complicated as it seems, though, because knitting only uses two basic stitches—the knit and the purl.

You’ll find that after you’ve learned how to knit these two basic stitches you will be able to tackle almost any pattern.

On the flip side, don’t let the simplicity of the stitches fool you into thinking that everything you knit will be easy! Advanced knitting can also become fairly challenging with lots of little variations in how to perform these two types of stitching.

For instance, whether you’re knitting or purling, the first stitch in each new row is the Garter stitch. (...)
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September 24 2010

Easy Instructions to Make a Knitted Dishcloth in a Afternoon

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Knitting dishcloths are a great way for new knitters to practice different stitches as well as start a project that can be completed in an afternoon. Advanced knitters can whip up a whole set in even less time!

I figured my grandma must be really hard on dishcloths. She seemed to knit them by the dozen. Now that I’ve been doing some knitting of my own, I realize that she probably did them to relax.

Simple dishcloths are a satisfying project to tackle when you don’t have time to do more complicated patterns. Dish cloths are also a good project for beginners because the patterns are usually quite simple and there is endless variety so you can practice different knitting methods or stitches.

I will forever have plenty of dishcloths lying around. A new color for every day, a new pattern for every season.

When I first started knitting, I asked my grandma to teach me her pattern for making dishcloths. (...)
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September 22 2010

How to Knit a Yarn Over Stitch

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To knit a yarn over all you need to do is loop the yarn around your right hand needle counterclockwise, or back to front.

Once you begin to graduate from merely knitting and purling stitches you are going to begin to learn a few other little tricks that can really make a difference in whether or not you can do some of the more complex knitting patterns. Increasing and decreasing rows is certainly one of those types of techniques. A yarn over stitch is one example of a way to increase stitching.

Yarn over also makes a small hole in the row and is often combined with a “knit two together stitch” to create a little arched gap in your knitting. You must always use an increase along with a decrease like this if you want to keep the same number of stitches in a row and not actually increase. (...)
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September 18 2010

Binding Off: How to Stop Knitting

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Learning how to bind off your knitting project is one of the last things you'll need to do. Follow these instructions and end your knitting in style.

Once you’ve learned how to cast on, knit and purl, you’ll be on a roll. You may even find that you’ve have made your way through an entire skein and of yarn before realizing you have no idea how to stop!

Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s easy to get in a groove while knitting rows, but eventually you’re going to have to get just as good at binding off as you are at knitting and purling. Binding off can be described in three simple steps.

How to Bind Off Your Knitting

Step One: Once you’ve completed the last row, cast off as if you were going to continue the same pattern. Knit or Purl the first couple of stitches on this final row.

Step Two: You should now have two stitches on the right hand needle. Use the left needle to grab and pull the first stitch up and over the second sttitch and over at the tip of the right hand needle leaving you with one stitch, which is actually the second stitch on the right hand needle. Knit or purl the next sttitch and repeat until you are left with no stitches on the left-hand needle and one stitch on the right-hand.

Step Three: Slip the last stitch off the right-hand needle and trim yarn leaving a couple of inches to weave back into the project. Slip this through the last loop and pull tight so the loop will not unravel. And finally, use a sewing needle or crochet hook to weave the loose end through several stitches in the project.

And that is actually all there is to binding off. In effect, you are using a stitch variation to lock the pattern into itself and then, as the saying goes, tying up your loose end. You can practice binding off and casting on by just knitting a few rows with some left over yarn that you have lying around.


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September 17 2010

Continental Knitting: Learn to Knit Like the Pros

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Continental knitting is basically knitting in reverse. Watch the videos for step-by-step instructions.

Continental knitting is the process of knitting with the yarn in your left hand, as opposed to the right hand.

Because continental knitting cuts down on the actual number of hand motions you have to do it is often preferred by people who knit a lot or do so professionally. It is certainly more efficient, but fell out of favor during WW1 and WW2 since it was also knows as German knitting. (...)
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September 16 2010

Knitting Instructions for Casting Off

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Now that you've got the hang of casting on, it's time to learn how to cast off.

You may feel comfortable knitting and purling rows quite happily for hours, but when it comes to casting or binding off you might be making it harder than it needs to be. Once you learn this simple method for casting off your knitting you will feel just as good about finishing a project as you are in the middle.

The first thing you need to do is make sure that you know just how many stitches you are going to need to cast off at the end of a pattern. Once you know how many stitches to leave, you will be able to know exactly when to begin casting off. (...)
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September 15 2010

How to Get Started Knitting: Easy Projects for Beginners

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Ready to to get started knitting? Start with a simple project and focus on the basics.

Beginning knitting isn’t rocket science but it does require some persistence. I recommend starting out with smaller projects that require you to perfect your stitching technique. Beginning knitting on something simple like a scarf is advisable as opposed to a more advanced project such as a hat.

Although there are some complicated scarf patterns available, a scarf is a great project for beginning knitting because you get to focus on the tension and stitches and not worry about various patterns. Most importantly, when beginning knitting is that you learn to keep consistent and loose tension on the yarn. (...)
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September 14 2010

Knitting Loom: Ancient Technology and a New World of Knitting

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Knitting looms can also be used to make anything you can find a pattern for.

It’s actually pretty amazing to take a look at all of the different ways people put strings together to make cloth. There are such a wide variety of different types of knitting looms and other techniques I can’t even begin to understand.

It is actually just a little mind-boggling to say the least. But even though there are million dollar machines that can make five bagillion socks an hour, and other machines that can produce oodles of cloth a minute, all of them are based on a few pretty simple principles and the old knitting loom is one of them. (...)
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