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Five Essential Tips for Beginner Knitters by AllFreeKnitting.com

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Five Essential Tips for Beginner Knitters

Hi everyone! It’s Kathryn from AllFreeKnitting.com. Margo was gracious enough to let me talk about one of my favorite topics with you today – essential tips and tricks for beginner knitters.

Diving into the knitting world for the first time can be a bit of an overwhelming experience. There are materials to buy, stitches to learn, and patterns to decipher. Where do you even start?

Fortunately, there are a few key pieces of advice all beginner knitters can learn in order to make their experience more enjoyable and more productive. Sure, I could tell you how to knit and purl or the difference between linen stitch and basketweave stitch, but oftentimes, the most valuable beginner knitting tips have nothing to do with actual techniques.

Let’s dive in and take a look at the tips and tricks every fiber enthusiast should consider.

1. Carefully Curate Your Knitting Supplies


When you’re first starting out, it’s extremely tempting to head to the nearest craft store and stock up on every knitting material available. However, it’s important to practice some restraint and wait until you’ve been knitting for a while before investing in certain tools.


For instance, as you knit, you’ll discover whether you prefer bamboo to aluminum needles and what notions are most useful. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of needles, try out knitting friends’ notions, and see what you like best before investing your money.

If you want to know more about the materials every beginner knitter should have in his or her kit, don’t miss Beginning Knitting Supplies: The Ultimate Knitting Tools List. This handy guide provides a comprehensive overview of what you can and can’t live without when you decide to learn how to knit.

2. Invest in Basic Yarn

With so many gorgeous skeins of yarn on the market, it’s very tempting to buy the prettiest, most glittery one you can get your hands on. However, these fancy yarns are not beginner friendly. It’s best to start with an inexpensive, synthetic worsted-weight yarn in a light color. Working with a light color helps you see the stitches more easily so it’s obvious when you’ve made a mistake.

Once you’ve progressed further in your knitting career and you’re not constantly ripping out stitches, go ahead and invest in some fancy yarns. Sequin-embellished yarns, bead-embellished yarns, eyelash yarns – grab whatever makes your knitter heart happy!

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3. Knit a Gauge Swatch


When you’re following a pattern and you want your finished knits to come out a certain size, it’s essential to knit a gauge swatch. A gauge swatch is the only accurate way to know how big or small your project will be.

You’ll notice the instructions of every knitting pattern include a recommended gauge. This number indicates how many stitches equal one inch of fabric. Your goal is to match the gauge, because even slight variations can make a big difference in your finished product.

Even though it’s tempting to skip this step and dive straight into the pattern, train yourself to always knit a gauge swatch in order to save yourself a lot of time and frustration down the road. You may think it’s enough to use the recommended yarn and needle size, but your individual tension may be different, so the only way to make sure you have the right gauge is to knit a swatch.

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4. Read the Entire Pattern Before You Start to Knit

Before you cast on your stitches, take the time to read the pattern all the way through. Make sure you understand the instructions and imagine yourself knitting each step in order to visualize the final product.

Does each step make sense? Do you understand the overall construction? Do you know how to do the required skills? If not, take the time to think it through and ask yourself why the pattern says to do this or that.

Once you know which parts of a pattern are essential and which ones can be altered (or ignored completely), you can start making changes to better suit your personal preferences. Think of a knitting pattern as a secret code and once you crack the code, you can use that knowledge to make more informed choices.

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5. Breathe and Relax

It’s easy to become frustrated when you’re learning a new skill and knitting is no different. Before you throw your needles across the room in frustration, take a moment to breathe and relax. It may be beneficial to set your project aside for a few hours or even a few days and revisit it with a clear mind.

Knitting when you’re wound up can negatively affect your tension and cause your stitches to tighten. Spend some time getting in the zone before you dive into your project by listening to relaxing music, drinking some soothing tea, meditating for a few minutes, etc.

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember knitting is a fun hobby that should bring you joy, so resist the urge to become completely overwhelmed. Sometimes, a simple change in perspective is all you need to remember why you’re a fiber enthusiast in the first place.

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So there you have it! These five tips for beginner knitters are a great place to start if you’re interested in successfully exploring the wonderful world of fiber arts.

Want to know what materials every beginner knitter needs in order to get started? Be sure to check out Beginning Knitting Supplies: The Ultimate Knitting Tools List.

Thanks to AllFreeKnitting.com for these helpful tips! Looking for a comprehensive collection of free knitting patterns? Look no further! AllFreeKnitting.com has one of the best collections of free knitting patterns for you to enjoy. Happy knitting!

Minty Morning Headband


FREE headband knitting pattern!

Gosh I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve posted a new knitting pattern! But I’m back at it and what I wanted to share with you was this simple, satisfying pattern that you can finish in an evening! The Minty morning headband features cabled edges, and a middle braided cable.

I only had a little bit of this colorway in Vanna’s Choice yarn left, so I knew I wanted to make something small. If you’re up for a quick, fun, fashionable project, let’s get started!

Begin Pattern:

Using US Size 9 knitting needlles, CO. 28sts.

Row 1, 5: K6, P4, K8, P4, K6

Row 2, 4, 6, 8 : P6, K4, P8, K4, P6

Row 3: C6B, P4,  K2, C6F, P4, C6F

Row 7: C6B, P4,  C6B, K2, P4, C6F

Repeat pattern until headband measures about 17-19 inches, bind off, and sew seam. Enjoy!

And… If you’re looking for more patterns- I’ve just added a new hat pattern to my shop:

The Dottie Hat

The Dottie Hat features a light worsted yarn in a diagonal lace pattern. It’s comfy, cute, and perfect for transitioning into (or out of) winter!

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View the pattern on Ravelry

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Anna Hat Free Knitting Pattern

Free Cable Hat Knitting Pattern

I stepped outside to play with my dog in the snow last week, and snapped a few pics of my latest design: The Anna Hat. The next day, the snow melted in the 50 degree heat, so I’m glad I did! And hey- I’m definitely not complaining. I stepped outside yesterday in a t-shirt and jeans, admiring what looked like a beautiful spring day in February.

Cabled hat free knitting pattern

I’m sure we’ll get our fair share of snow this year, but winter’s mercy seems to be upon us Ohioans this year. Since we’re heading to Belize in April for my wedding, and we missed last winter all together because we were in Belize, I have to say I feel like mother nature has been really good to me!

I am happy to be back in the States again (not many yarn stores in the tropics. None at all actually.) but I can’t wait to head back to Belize in April, walk down the sandy beach, and marry the love of my life! Hopefully before then, we’ll get one more beautiful snowy day that I can wear my new hat, but if not… eh, there’s always next year!

Follow along below for the free pattern to make your own Anna Hat!

Description

The Anna hat features a warm fold up brim, and a beautiful cable motif that is easy to knit. It is worked in the round with worsted weight yarn. This has been by far one of my favorite hats to knit. Hats are my favorite thing to knit. I haven’t done a cable pattern in a while- and knitting this hat re-ignited my love for cabling!

What You Need

Yarn: 120 yards Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice

Colorways shown: Dusty Rose & Mustard

Needles: US size 9 (5.5mm) 16 inch (40cm) circular knitting needles and Double Pointed Needles

Stitch Marker

Yarn Needle

Gauge:

20 sts. & 22 rows = 4” in cable pattern

Pattern Notes:

When pattern becomes difficult to knit on circular needles during decrease rounds, switch to DPN’s. The pattern is meant to fit snugly on your head. If you need to wet block at the end, instructions are given.

Abbreviations:

pm – place marker

K – Knit

P – Purl

C6F: Cable 6 Front (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front. Knit 3, then knit 3 from cable needle.)

C6B: Cable 6 Back (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back. Knit 3, then knit 3 from cable needle.)

C4B: Cable 4 Back (slip next 2 sts. onto cable needle and hold in back. Knit 2, then knit 2 from cable needle.)

ssk – slip slip knit

ssp – slip slip purl

Begin Pattern:

Co 80 sts. onto circular needles, join in the round, pm

Brim:

*K2, P2

Repeat until brim measures 3”

Hat body

Rounds 1, 5, 9, 21, 25, 29 and all even rounds: *K12, P2, K4, P2 around

Rounds 3, 7, 23, 27, 39:

*K12, P2, C4B, P2

Rounds 11, 15, 19, 31, 35:

*K3, C6F, K3, P2, C4B, P2

Rounds 13, 17, 33, 37:

*[C6B] twice, P2, K4, P2

Begin decrease rounds:

Switch to double pointed needles when circular needles become too difficult to work on during decrease rounds.

Decrease Rounds:

  1. *[K2, ssk] 3 times, P2, ssk, K2, ssp
  2. *K9, P2, K3, P1
  3. *[K1, ssk] 3 times, P1, ssp, K1, ssp
  4. *K6, P2, K1, P1
  5. *[ssk] 3 times, ssp, ssk
  6. *K3, P1, K1
  7. *ssk

Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close hat. Weave in all ends.

Wet block if necessary. If your hat needs to be stretched a little, wet it and squeeze remaining water out with a towel. Do not wring out. Place on blocking board or foam board, stretch to desired size and place pins to hold in place. Hat will also stretch a little bit with wear.

Happy Knitting!

FREE knitting pattern: Cabled Beanie

 

Gargantuan Scarf

Gargantuan scarf free infinity scarf knitting pattern

I’ve been having a lot of fun with super bulky yarn lately. I wanted to find a way to knit a huge scarf without spending $100 on yarn. So I bought myself a pair of size 50 (25mm) knitting needles and got to work! I realized that if I held 2 strands of super-bulky yarn together, I could achieve the same effect as those beautiful Loopy Mango chunky knits.

Free super chunky infinity scarf knitting pattern

I would love to get me some Loopy Mango yarn, don’t get me wrong. But after the holidays I decided that it wasn’t the right time to splurge. So for my first project, I used 2 strands of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick N Quick held together. It was a great substitute, though I have a feeling I’ll be trying out some more luxurious yarns on these huge needles soon.

You can order the needles on Amazon, and have them at your door in 2 days, which gives you enough time to finish whatever’s currently on your needles, and start this amazingly huge scarf! The cost of yarn for me was only about $16. A pretty good deal I think! So are you ready to begin? Cause I’m already knitting this baby in gray!

What you Need:

Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick n’ Quick 212 yards (2 skeins)

Us Size 50 (25mm) Knitting Needles

Yarn Needle for weaving in ends, and sewing seams

Pattern Notes:

This pattern is made by using 2 strands of super bulky yarn held together.

Gauge:

4 sts. & 4.5 rows = 4” in stockinette st.

Abbreviations:

Co: Cast on

K – Knit

P – Purl

Bo: Bind off

Begin Pattern:

With 2 strands of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick yarn held together, cast on 16 stitches. Knit the stitches that are cast on together as 1 stitch, holding the 2 strands together throughout the pattern.

Row 1: Knit all sts.

Row 2: Purl all sts.

When your scarf reaches 52 inches long, Bo. Using yarn needle, fold scarf in half and sew seam together.

Enjoy!

PS. Want sneak previews of all my free knitting patterns? Follow me on Instagram!

Free knitting pattern for super chunky infinity scarf using giant knitting needles

Free scarf pattern

 

Flurries Hat

Flurries Hat Free Knitting Pattern

FREE hat knitting pattern. "Flurries" by Margo Snyder margoknits.com

Well that white Christmas I was dreaming about finally came… Mid January. I have to say I think the snow is really pretty, and since I haven’t seen it in two years, I don’t mind it a bit. Today’s knitting pattern is a simple one with a lot of personality. And I rightly named it the “Flurries Hat” because the white stitches remind me of the flurries outside of my window right now. I want to see your FO’s so don’t forget to post your projects on Ravelry!

What You Need:

Yarn:

Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick n’ Quick

Main Color: Approx. 50 yds.

Contrasting Color: Approx. 20 yds.

Needles:

US 13 (9mm) 16” (40cm)circular knitting needles

US 13 DPN’s (double pointed needles)

Notions:

Stitch Marker

Yarn needle

Gauge:

12 sts. & 14 rows = 4” in stockinette st.

Abbreviations:

pm – place marker

MC – Main Color

CC- Contrasting Color

K – Knit

P – Purl

ssk – slip slip knit

Pattern Notes:

When changing colors, do not cut yarn. Carry yarn along as you knit.

Begin Pattern:

Co 48 sts, join in the round, pm

Brim:

K2, P2 around

Repeat until brim measures 2.5”

Hat body

1. *With MC, k3, with Cc, k1 rep. from * around

Rounds 2,3,5,6 With MC K around

4. *With MC, k1, with CC, k1, with MC, k2, rep. from * around

Repeat rounds 1-6, 1 more time

Repeat round 1-4, then begin decrease rounds. Switch to DPN’s when decreasing becomes difficult on circular needles.

Decrease rounds

  1. K 4, ssk around
  2. K around
  3. K3, ssk around
  4. K around
  5. K 2, ssk around
  6. K around
  7. K1, ssk around
  8. K around
  9. Ssk around

Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close hat. Weave in all ends.

Enjoy!

Free Knitting Pattern

 

 

Free bulky hat knitting pattern www.margoknits.com

Free Striped Pom Pom Beanie Knitting Pattern

Free knitting pattern! Striped pom pom beanie

Sometimes the most spontaneous knitting projects are the best! I’ve had these colors stiting in my stash for a while and thought- wouldn’t it be cool if I made a pom pom out of these 3 colors? Then I realize that I needed something to put the pom pom on top of- so the striped pom pom beanie came to be!

To make your own striped pom pom beanie, you will need to know:

How to knit in the round on circular needles

How to knit in the round on double pointed needles

How to decrease (Knit 2 together)

How to Knit & Purl

How to change colors (instructions and tutorial link provided below)

Yarn

Needle Size

 

Worsted weight:Main Color (MC): Gray 100 yards
Contrasting Color 1 Pink (CC1): 50 yards
Contrasting Color 2 Yellow (CC2): 50 yards
Us Size 7 (4.5mm) 16” circulars (40cm)
Us Size 8 (5.0mm) 16” circulars (40cm)
Us Size 8 (5.0mm) DPN’s (5)
Stitch Marker
Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Pom pom maker (optional)

 

Gauge: 16 sts. & 22 rows = 4″ in stockinette st.

Abbreviations:

K: Knit

P: Purl

sl1: Slip 1 (for this pattern we will always be slipping 1 purlwise)

K2tog: Knit 2 together

pm : place marker

MC: Main Color (My main color for this pattern is gray)

CC1: Contrasting Color 1(My CC1 is pink)

CC2: Contrasting Color 2 (My CC2 is yellow)

st : stitch

DPN: Double pointed needles

Pattern Notes:

When changing colors, don’t cut yarn. Carry yarn up as you work. In order to create joggless stripes, we slip the first st. purlwise on the second row of the color change. Here’s a great tutorial on creating joggless stripes in the round!

Begin Pattern:

With size 7 needles, cast on 96 sts. Join in the round and pm.

Brim:

Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 4”

Hat Body

  1. Switch to size 8 needles. With MC K 6 rounds
  2. With CC1, K to end of round
  3. Sl 1st st. purlwise, K to end of round
  4. With MC k to end of round
  5. Sl 1st st purlwise, K to end of round
  6. With CC2 K to end of round
  7. Sl 1st st. as if to purl, K to end of round
  8. With MC, K to end of round
  9. Sl 1 st. purlwise, K to end of round
  10. K to end of round

Rep. round 10 6 more times

Rep. rounds 2-7 1 more time.

Switch to MC and begin dec. rounds. Switch to DPN’s when sts. become difficult to knit on circular needles.

Decrease Rounds:

  1. K6, K2tog, (84sts.)
  2. sl 1st st pulrlwise, K to end of round
  3. K5, K2tog (72 sts.)
  4. K
  5. K4, K2tog (60 sts.)
  6. K
  7. K3, K2tog (48 sts.)
  8. K
  9. K2, K2tog (36 sts.)
    20. K
  10. K1, K2tog (24 sts.)
  11. K2 tog (12 sts.)

Thread yarn through remaining sts, removing them from the DPN’s, and pull tight to secure top. Make pom pom, (I used this pom pom maker) and sew to top of beanie. Enjoy!

Thank you for knitting with me! I hope this pattern brought you hours of knitting fun. As always, with my patterns you are free to sell the finished product. Thanks for supporting an independent designer!

Free striped beanie knitting pattern!

 

FREE knitting pattern! Make this adorable striped beanine

Arborista Cowl Knit Along!

Beautiful leaf lace chunky cowl pattern margoknits.com

Hey there! Are you excited to break out your chunky yarns? I know I am! That’s why I’ve decided to hold the first Arborista Cowl Knit Along! This is a fun and fast knit with a little bit of lace, and a lot of warmth.

I will be knitting mine in Cascade 128 Superwash, colorway: Summer Sky Heather

Make sure to join my Ravelry Group and chat along as you knit along!

What will you knit yours in? I can pictures this cowl in beautiful green, mustard yellow, maybe a maroon? And then there’s always the neutrals- anything looks great in a neutral!

I hope you’l join me for the Arborista Cowl KAL.

It starts today, but you can join in anytime between now (Sep. 24th) and October 14th! I’ve discounted the pattern from $6.00 to $4.00 in the pattern shop. The discount will be available until Oct. 14th for anyone who wants to join in on this KAL!

The Arborista Infinity Scarf Knitting Pattern by Margo Snyder margoknits.com

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

US 10½ – 6.5 mm

Bulky / 12 ply yarn

GAUGE:

4 stitches and 6 rows = 1 inch in stockinette

380 – 400 yards (347 – 366 m)
And don’t forget to post your beauties here on Ravelry in the projects section!

New Fall 2015 Infinity Scarf Pattern

Arborista cowl pattern margoknits.com

I am so excited to share my latest pattern with you! Some of you may have seen a little preview on Instagram, and it’s finally here and ready to put on your needles! The Arborista Cowl features an alternating pattern of lacy leaves, and contrasting solid ribbing for a truly eye-catching effect.

I wanted a lace pattern, but I also wanted a break in between where I could watch TV. and knit this infinity scarf. (You see where my priorities lie!) I wanted something that captures the spirit of fall (is that too corny?) and something that is truly fashion forward and unique. I think this infinity scarf achieves all of these things- and the pattern is so much simpler that you would imagine!

 

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Details:

The cowl is knit using bulky yarn, for my cowl I chose Cascade 128 Superwash in the colorway: Camel

3 skeins, approximately 384 yards of yarn are used to knit this scarf.

You will also need size 10.5 knitting needles, and a yarn needle for seaming and weaving in ends.

Gauge: 4 sts. & 6 rows = 1″ in stockinette (though since this is an infinity scarf, gauge isn’t terribly important).

Cast on today, and don’t forget to show me your amazing projects on Ravelry! I can’t wait to see this cowl knitted up in every color! As always, if you want to re-sell anything you make from my patterns, you are 100% welcome to! Thanks for supporting an independent designer!

Faux Cable Cowl Knit & Purl

 

 

 

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Faux cable cowl free knitting pattern

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Wow. I’m still amazed by how much this pattern looks like cables. This was one of the most satisfying projects I’ve ever done and here’s why:

1. The pattern was easy to memorize (it’s just knits and purls!!)

2. I could knit this in front of the TV without looking at my knitting (the first time I’ve ever been able to do this)

3. I didn’t mess up once. (The first time this has ever happened.)

I’m so glad I discovered this stitch pattern on Knitting Unlimited! I can see turning this into a longer infinity scarf, fingerless gloves, maybe even a bag or pillow cover….

I think you’ll be addicted to this stitch pattern too as you knit through each row, you’ll start to see how deceptively simple it is. This cowl knitting pattern pairs nicely with a bold merlot, and your favorite binge-worthy show on Netflix.

Ready for the pattern?

Ok, ok, but first you will need:

Size 8US (5mm) 16″ (40cm) circular knitting needles

1 Skein Lion Brand Heartland

Co. 120 sts. & join in the round

In the round:

Rounds 1-4 : p2, k4 to end of round

Round 5: K2, *p2, k4, rep. from * until 4 sts. rem., p2, k2

Round 6: k2, p2, *k4, p2 rep from * until 2 sts. rem., k2

Round 7: Rep. row 5

Round 8: Rep. row 6

Rounds 9-12: k4, p2 to end of round

Rep. rows 1-12 until cowl measures about 12″ tall

Keep warm, and enjoy!

Easy Fingerless Gloves

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I’m currently working on a brand new website, full of brand new patterns, as well as an e-book! I’ve got my hands full of yarn and web designing, so it might be a little quiet on the blog for a while. These fingerless gloves should tide you over, but if you’re looking for more fun, you can always check out the patterns I have available!

 

Gauge:
5.5 sts./inch /7rows /inch


What you will need:
Worsted weight yarn, (I am using Martha Stewart Worsted Merino)
Sz. 7 DPN’s
Needle for weaving in ends

Yarn Recommendations:

 

Cast on 32 sts. Join in the round.

Row 1: K

Row 2: P

K in the round until glove measures about 5in. long (12.7cm)

Begin Thumb Gusset

K12, pm, M1, K1, M1, pm K until end of round
K to end of round
K to marker, sm, M1, K3, M1, sm, K to end of round
K to end of round
K to marker, sm, M1, K5, M1, sm, K to end of round
K to end of round
K to marker, sm, M1, K7, M1, sm, K to end of round
K to end of round
K to marker, sm, M1, K9, M1, sm, K to end of round
K to end of round
K to marker, sm, M1, K11, M1, sm, K to end of round
K to end of round
K to marker, sm, M1, K13, M1, sm, K to end of round
K to end of round


(repeat rows 1 more time for lg. size)

K12, transfer 13 sts. to stitch marker, K to end of round
K 10 rounds
P1 round


Bind Off

Finishing The Thumb
Transfer the 13 sts. on holder to 3 DPN’s and pick up 3 sts. between thumb and palm. Attach new ball of yarn and K 6 rounds.
P 1 Round
Bind Off


Weave in ends, block, and stay warm!

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I hope you enjoyed this pattern!

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