Category Archives: Beginners

Ultimate Knitting Needle Guide: the Best Material for You

knitting needle - Double pointed needles

Now you know a lot about needle types but what about their materials? Again there is a lot to choose from, and the material also affects your knitting and knitting experience. Nothing is right for everyone or even every project. Wood Wooden needles are light and flexible, and they feel warm in your hands (especially compared to metal needles). This… Read more »

Ultimate Knitting Needle Guide: What Is the Right Needle for You?

knitting needle - Straight needles / single pointed needles

There are tons of knitting needles out there. All kinds of sizes and shapes, materials, and lengths. As it is with many things, the “right” knitting needle is (in part) a matter of preference. How would a beginner know which needles to choose then? You can ask someone who can give you advise. The wonderful people at your nearest LYS… Read more »

6 Breathtaking, Colorful Cast Ons That Will Pep up Your Project

colorful cast ons - featured image

Now you already know some decorative cast ons. But what if you are knitting mosaic stitch pattern? Or a beautiful fair isle sweater? Or any other kind of colorful project? One of those decorative edges may seem a bit too much and a plain cast on too dull. Instead, you can use a cast on that is quite simple in… Read more »

7 Striking, Decorative Cast Ons That Will Make Your Projects Special

decorative cast ons with some artificial flowers for a splash of color

If you’ve been following this blog, you know quite a few different cast-ons already. Most of them are kind of simple and plain, supposed to blend in and not distract from the rest of the design. But what if you want the cast on itself to be decorative? There are plenty of those to choose from as well. Some worked… Read more »

8 Amazing & Free Beginner Sweaters for You to Knit

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Free Beginner Sweaters overview

It’s getting cold, and we all want something warm to bundle up in. Other people might go to the store and buy a cute new sweater. But for us knitters, the first impulse is always to knit one ourselves. You’ve never knit a sweater before and are a beginner? Doesn’t matter, you can knit a sweater! It’s not all that… Read more »

How to Get the Most out of Your Stash

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A small part of some of my oldest stash yarn

The stash, our treasure. Almost all crafters have one, not just fiber enthusiasts. But what is a stash? What can it do for us? And how could we get more out of it? As I am organizing mine, I started thinking about this and tried to figure out what others have said about this subject before. There is a lot on… Read more »

Everything You Need to Know About Provisional Cast Ons

provisional cast ons - Crochet provisional cast on

So you’ve picked out a pretty cowl or something else and have the yarn, knit a swatch and prepared the pattern. But now you have a new problem: It’s a sideways construction, you start at the center and you knit outwards toward the edges, or you’ll knit on a nice edging later. It requires a provisional cast on. Don’t worry, I’ve… Read more »

How to Best Use Patterns and Have More Fun Knitting

As a knitter, you will likely be using knitting patterns a lot. There are those that don’t, but most beginners stick to them. They are a great way of learning how to knit a particular item or garment. But what if you still don’t get a satisfactory finished project? What if the sweater doesn’t fit or has a weird shape?… Read more »

4 Quick & Easy Tubular Cast Ons to Improve Your Knitting Skill

so many swatches

Some cast ons are pretty. Others are merely functional but not especially decorative. But what do you do if you want the cast on of (for example) a cuff to be invisible? There are two options. Option 1: A folded hem. That may work, but it is usually lacking a bit in elasticity and therefore better suited for the bottom of… Read more »

How to Know If You Are a Process vs Product Knitter

process vs product knitter - which are you?

So you are a knitter. And you’ve always heard of those two types: Process vs product knitters. But which type are you? Do you even fall into one of those categories or can you be both? Can your type change over time? Why should you care which category you fall into? I recently came across the subject of process vs… Read more »