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26 Oct

Learn to knit - 3 super easy free patterns for beginners!

Excellent - if you're reading this you've either started learning to knit or you really want to give it a try! We have found three great little knitting projects for beginners to try, all based on knitting rectangles - but not a scarf in sight! (and we have a giveaway to celebrate - scroll down to find out how to win one of 3 copies of our latest issue!)

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Basic Knitting is not too difficult to pick up and is a very portable craft, all you need to start is a pair of needles and some yarn.  Plastic needles aren't expensive and synthetic yarn won't cost you more than a few pounds for a ball.  Or you can usually pick up all you need to start learning to knit at a local charity shop for under a pound - so there's really no excuse!

Knitting Tutorials on YouTube - from basic to advanced stitches and techniques.

There are thousands of videos on You Tube to teach you to knit, The Stitch a day channel is good, head to the how to cast on video tutorial first and then just keep working your way through!  There are so many stitches and techniques to master and all free tutorials. Once you master a few basic knitting stitches there are lots of projects you can try out. Your first port of call should be signing up for an account at Ravelry - it's a bit like the worlds woolly HQ with thousands of knitters and crocheters gathering there to share knitting tips, patterns and of course just socialise! You can search by project and use the tick boxes to find all those listed as 'free' and 'easy'!

3 Really Easy Knitting Patterns for Beginners

These 3 knitting patterns for beginners all involve being able to knit a rectangle - but will make you feel fantastically clever and pleased with yourself !

We found this pattern on Ravelry for a head band / collar which would be a great first project - and it's shorter than a scarf so you'll be able to knit it up really quickly.

These knitted bows are fun and so quick to knit up so perfect for a beginner or first knitting project once you have learnt the most basic garter stitch - kids would love these too! You  knit a little rectangle, cinch it in the middle and glue on a hair clip - voila! Great for using up leftover little bits of yarn too!
 
Wristers, wristies, mittens, wrist warmers - whatever you want to call them,  this pattern is great to knit for a beginner.  If you can cast on and knit 1, purl 1 you can make these! They look fab but they are essentially a recatangle sewed up with a hole for your thumb to pop out!  The top naturally curls over when you cast off because it is stocking stitch. 
 
To celebrate your new found love of knitting we are giving away 3 issues of Crafty Magazine - to enter head over to our Facebook page and let us know on the giveaway post  why you love knitting or why you want to learn.

 

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