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I have chosen these 5 projects based on the fact that they use simple knitting skills like the knit and purl stitch and basic increasing and decreasing methods to achieve the shaping. They are therefore good choices for beginners to do.
The knitting pattern for these baby booties is an easy one as it requires that you know how to do only the most basic of knitting stitches.
These are -
* how to do the knit stitch
* purl stitch - there is only one row of purl in the entire pattern
* increase the number of stitches by kfb - which is to knit into the front and then the back of a stitch so making an extra stitch
* decrease stitches by knitting 2 stitches together - k2tog
The yarn required is small amounts of double knitting which is an easier yarn for beginners to knit with than a thinner yarn.
You will need a pair of 4.5mm knitting needles.
These baby garments are good for new knitters as they are small shorter projects that can be completed quickly and so give satisfaction when the project is done.
Click the image above to get the pattern.
If you're not too keen on this bootie design, here is another baby booties pattern in the Ugg Style
This is another ideal project for those new to knitting to take on as it only uses the knit and purl stitches. The blanket has a seed stitch border all the way around it. I think this gives it a textured appeal. The rest of the blanket is done in an easy stockinette stitch.
This design uses 5mm circular knitting needles and Aran weight yarn which is perfect because being a thicker yarn it will knit up more quickly.
This pattern has a textured design which comes from a couple of rows of garter stitch in amongst the stockinette stitch. It does not require any knowledge of complex stitches - only how to increase, decrease and the basic knit and purl skills. I like that it recommends a soft cotton Aran / worsted weight yarn like the Lion Brand range. Babies delicate skin can sometimes be irritated by some Merino and synthetic yarns, so a 100% cotton yarn is a good choice.
Click the image to download the pattern which is FREE!
This simple cardigan and hat pattern is done in easy garter stitch. The garment is shaped in a basic, easy-to-do way by casting off stitches. It has been designed for newborn to six months ages. The yarn used is a 100% Merino which is in a double knitting weight. I would be careful of using Merino as it contains lanolin to which some babies can become allergic or become itchy. Maybe just check first before you use it.
The hat is made in two rectangular sections in garter stitch ( so is easy) and then they are seamed together which gives the endearing animal like pointy ears effect.
Click the picture to download the pattern which is available at no cost
This pattern is for a smaller baby blanket that would perhaps suit a new born baby. It is knitted on the diagonal. By this I mean that you start at the corner and cast on only 5 stitches. Then you do a series of increases via the yarn over method so the number of stitches steadily increases til the maximum for the pattern is reached. Then you start decreasing by knitting 2 stitches together to slowly make the other side of the blanket.
The knitting needle size is a big 9mm so it will go very quickly. Due to the large number of stitches when you get to the midpoint of the project it is recommended that you use circulars needles of around 75cm in length. You will use these circular exactly as you would a straight needle so don't be put off by their inclusion.
The yarn to use is a super chunky weight to go with those big 9mm needles. Again this helps to make this project a really quick one - and easy to do!