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When you first pick up a pair of needles, knitting can seem confusing. How do you read a pattern? What does that abbreviation mean? And oops, how do you pick up a dropped stitch? To help you get started on what is possibly your first project, here are a few ideas that come with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. After that, you'll be on your way to becoming a knitting whiz in no time at all.
We start with a knitted scarf. This beginner's project helps you nail down the basics of casting on and weaving in the ends. What makes this so easy is how customizable it is -- yarn thickness and needle size affect the end product. A small imperfection? It simply gives it charm.
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Make knitting your go-to gifting idea. Keep a loved one's head cozy (or your own) with a snug hat. With this project, you can practice a few key techniques: the stockinette stitch, the garter stitch, and knitting in the round on double-pointed needles.
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These are significantly less complicated than the traditional glove, but no less comfy! This hand warmer is made in three simple steps! Not to mention, you can easily tweak this project to accomodate for an adult size.
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Redecorating? Refresh your living space by making your own one-of-a-kind couch cushions. These double-sided covers -- one side is wool fabric and the other is knitted -- are a great way to use up extra material from your other crafting projects.
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Always on the go? Tote your things in something cute and handcrafted. (Friends will "ooh" and "ahh" over your handiwork.) Make a buttoned case for a pair of eyeglasses or a zippered carryall for miscellaneous knickknacks.
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This will the best seat in the house (or at least the comfiest). A woolen cover adds softness to a wooden stool. To make these, make a tweak to the simple rectangle: Knit a cross shape with very short arms that are then folded down and stitched to make the corners.
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