10 Easy Knitting Patterns to Hone Your Skills
No needles in reach? Yarn and your two hands are all you need for this simple technique. The knit "stitches" are emulated by weaving the yarn between your fingers. Finger knitting is often taught to children because of its ease and safety over manipulating knitting needles. For adults, it's a perfect, quick alternative to traditional knitting.
Once you've tried finger-knitting, graduate to arm-knitting. The art of arm-knitting—with its relative ease and satisfyingly quick results—lets you churn out sweaters, scarves, and super-soft pillows. For your introductory project, try making our giant knit blanket—a top favorite among knitters of all skills.
Knitted Catnip Delight
A knit toy for your feline friend is the perfect use for leftover wool, and good knitting practice for you! Using different yarn weights and needles will produce a variety of sizes. For beginners, use chunky-weight yarn and size-11 needles to make a 3-inch-wide heart.
Don't be fooled by its intricacy at a glance: If you can knit an 8-by-11-inch rectangle in stockinette (knit one row, purl next) then you can craft this carry-on accessory. Once done, simply fold in half and sew the sides together with a yarn needle. To personalize yours, add a button to an eyeglass case, or fabric lining to the pouch.
Have a pair of leather strips as well as wool fabric on hand? Knit this soft tote bag. This accessory is made in three essential steps: knitting the stockinette, cutting the fabric to size, and stitching the pieces (as well as the straps) together.