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Earth Day Ideas – Crafts and DIYs

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

Earth Day Up Cycles

Hand Knit Rag Rug – by Nemcsok Farms

This upcycle was truly one of the most interesting projects I have taken on so far.  You can create your own also – just find an old bedsheet, and follow along with the tutorial.  

Globe Upcycle – by My Sister’s Suitcase

I have to say, I prefer a globe that looks like a globe.  Now that that is out of the way – this is a great way to decorate a thrift store or garage sale find of a damaged globe.  Plus – the way this one is done, is very earth day appealing.

Bottle Cap Flower – by Crafts by Amanda

How many of us fidget relentlessly with the bottle caps that come off the tops of our beverages?  Doesn’t this piece of garden art just give you total piece of mind?

Owl Craft Project – by Empress of Dirt

A stunning way to upcycle cardboard!  Anything owl-y automatically ranks as a fave around here – add an up cycle to the mix, and I’m totally sold!

Earth Day DIYs

DIY Tooth Brush Holder – by Shaken Together Life

Eliminate the toothbrush pileup that can result from a busy household!  Also, the theme of the toothbrush holder adds a gentle reminder to be mindful of the water waste at the sink!

 

Recycle Bin Labels – by Lia Griffith

Lovely, practical and printable.  A wonderful way to add a little character and a lot of style to your rubbish and recycling bins!

Cottage Chic Herb Garden – by the Gardening Cook

You really can’t go wrong with a DIY herb garden – and this one is cottage chic done in mason jars.  Keep your favourite fresh herbs at the ready, and make Mother Nature proud.

 

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

Earth Day Crafts

Globe Garland – by Poppy Talk

Origami projects are always a fun way to craft the day away, and when you can put this super fun earth day spin on it – well I am all for it!

Glass Globe Terrarium – by Stephanie Lynn

Not only perfect for Earth Day – these would also make pretty awesome DIY gifts for pretty much any person, and for any occasion.

Book Page Wreath – by the Gunny Sack

Stop. The. Press. I can not with any level of sincerity and good conscience suggest or support doing this to a book – but I can and wholly suggest doing it with other paper you can recycle – such as newspaper or old magazines.  

 

 

 

Rock Earth Day with these awesome ideas for crafts and DIYs. Upcycle something fabulous, create something stunning and Do It Yourself proud.

 

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Green, Crafty & Creative is a collection of activities that are suitable for kids and families. There are creative crafts for kids that feature recycled materials like egg cartons and cardboard tubes. There are wonderful green crafts that use natural materials found right outside your doors such as leaves, pinecones, and shells. The book also includes many innovative ideas on how to make your home more eco-friendly: from brilliant DIY cleaners to easy gardening and composting instructions. You and your family will love getting Green, Crafty & Creative

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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Knitting Hat Patterns

The Plum Fedora - Super Duper Knit Hats for Beginners - book of fabulous knitting patterns for hat suited for beginners and professionals

Just kidding.  My editor wouldn’t let me title the book that – so I went with Super Duper Knit Hats for Beginners, and I am so happy to present it to you.

Super Duper Knit Hats for Beginners - book of fabulous knitting patterns for hat suited for beginners and professionals

What’s Inside

Inside you’ll find directions for these lovely hats

The Peaked Beret

The Peaked Beret - Super Duper Knit Hats for Beginners - book of fabulous knitting patterns for hat suited for beginners and professionals

The Plum Fedora

The Plum Fedora - Super Duper Knit Hats for Beginners - book of fabulous knitting patterns for hat suited for beginners and professionals

The Twisted Stitch Pom Pom Hat

The Twisted Stitch Pom Pom Hat - Super Duper Knit Hats for Beginners - book of fabulous knitting patterns for hat suited for beginners and professionals

And more!

Why You Should Buy It

Super Duper Knit Hats for Beginners has six original, fun and unique designs inside that are easy to make and quick to work up.  If you’re new to knitting, they are a great place to start!  If you’re a professional level knitter, these patterns are fun for you too!  

They’re all made with big yarn and big needles so they work up quick – and if you are anything like me,  you will appreciat the the instant gratification!  I like quick results, and I love great results, and you will also.

The lovely Penelope loves to model our latest designs, and thank goodness she is not camera shy!  I don’t know what I’d do without her.  You can follow her on Instagram at #penelopewearsitwell 

How to Buy It

Get your copy now Super Duper Knit Hats for Beginners ( just click on the link and it will take you to where you can download it from our shop ) and see what other goodies we’ve got listed in our Shop ( we’re always adding new things!) 

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Our Good Life is sponsoring a giveaway of our book, and a hat from the book… enter here

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DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath

A fun and easy way to spruce up your front door this Halloween – try this DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath.  

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DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath

I like to keep the Halloween decor a little more fun and friendly, and a little shy of creepy.  Maybe that will change as I mature, grow up and get older – but until then, it’s happy Jack O’Lanterns and cookie monsters for me.

DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

Materials:

Directions:

Before we get started, I wanted to share photos of the steps along the way.  The photos I am sharing are from a ribbon wreath I made for a baby shower door prize – so the ribbon is not the same, but the method is.  Also, the photos are old, were taken in not so great light, but get the point across.  

  1. Cut a piece of elastic cord, 5 – 8 inches long
  2. Secure that cord around the wreath formDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Attaching the Elastic Cord
  3. Wrap the wreath with the tulle or wide ribbon, overlapping as you go, so that you cover all of the white spaceDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Wrapping the Wreath in Tulle or Wide Ribbon
  4. Be sure to secure your elastic cord while wrapping, but leave the top of the elastic cord loop free ( this is how you will hang your wreathDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Wrapping the Wreath in Tulle or Wide Ribbon
  5. Cut your ribbon to 3 inch lengthsDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Cut the Ribbon into lengths for making loops
  6. Fold ribbon into loops, and secure the loops to the wreath form with pinsDIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath Loops of Ribbon being secured with straight pins
  7. Pin the loops to the wreath in a random order, or a pattern, depending on your preference.  Fill in all the gaps with ribbon loops. Be sure to cover the front, inside of the circle and outside of the circle, but not the back of the circle.  Leaving the back free of loops will allow your wreath to site nice and flat against your door

Happy Halloween

DIY Halloween Ribbon Wreath

 

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Best DIY Craft Projects on the Farm

Easy Handmade Trivets Make the Perfect Kitchen Accessories to DIY

It’s getting to be about that time when we all start itching to get our craft on. Summer is half over, kids are heading back to school, and after the glorious down time of summer, it will soon be time to create.

I’ve put together a list of our favourites here – each one is totally doable, and will result in something useful

Best DIY Craft Projects on the Farm

Best Eco Friendly, Up Cycled, Beautiful, Useful and Totally Doable Best DIY Craft Projects for the farm

For the Doorway

Let’s start with our Hand Knit Rag Rug – made with an up-cycled bed sheet! I’m still super pleased with how this turned out

DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet and some of the Best DIY Craft Projects

 

For the Door Itself

You may recall the lovely and talented Ashley Fehr of Fehrly Crafty Creations stopping by to share with us her super duper easy and beautiful DIY Autumn Burlap Wreath…. it really is something you need to make this year!

DIY Burlap Wreath Perfect Fall Craft for your Front Door and some of the Best DIY Craft Projects

For the Garden

Protect what is left in your garden from the critters looking for their winter meal. Or just add a fun decoration to your front porch with a fun and easy DIY Scarecrow Project

DIY Scarecrow from start to finish - complete with the flippy floppy hat and some of the Best DIY Craft Projects

 

For the Kitchen

It’s no secret knitting is a big thing around here – and it’s also no secret we like to DIY and we sway lightly to the eco-friendly side of life.  You can too with these wonderful 100% cotton Napkins.  The pattern is really easy to follow, and the results are amazing.

DIY Cotton Napkin free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living and some of the Best DIY Craft Projects

Also For the Kitchen

No kitchen is complete without the addition of super cute trivets.  Here is a great tutorial for a DIY Trivet, from a knitted I-cord.  

Easy Handmade Trivets Make the Perfect Kitchen Accessories to DIY part of the Best DIY Craft Projects

What projects are you starting?

Share them on our Facebook Page and if you’re looking for more amazing stuff – follow us on Pinterest

 

 

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Unique Flower Planters for Your Yard and Garden

Unique Work Boot Flower Planters to add some whimsy to your yard and garden

You all know I love to Up-cycle stuff, right? My Hand Knit Rag Rug was a huge hit, and a lot of fun! And who could forget our Juice Jug Greenhouses?  Anyway, my very kind and understanding husband also realizes my need to keep stuff, and was very pleased to offer me his old work boots…so I could plant flowers in them. And I did. 

Unique Flower Planters for Your Yard and Garden made from Upcycling Old Workboots

And that got me thinking, what other really unique ideas I could find and share with you for planting flowers…well, check these out:

Unique and Whimsical Flower Planter Ideas

10 Unique Flower Planter Ideas to Liven Up Your Space

 

This Bird Cage Planter – by Crafts by Amanda is really just too pretty.  It would look lovely on any corner of a deck, the center of any harvest table, and would be especially lovely as a hanging planter.

Rain Boot Planter – by A Cultivated Nest is simply adorable, and would make a lovely addition to any front porch!  Great idea for a Grandma and Grandpa gift, if made with little boots.  Talk about cute.

I found some awesome haning planters!  These Bird Feeder Planters – by Petticoat Junktion,  brilliant Fishbowl Planters – by A Beautiful Mess and really clever Rain Gutter Planters – by Restoration Redoux are all really smart up-cycles!  

Garden Glove gives a great tutorial on these eye catching Vertical Cinder Block Planters, and don’t miss out on this how to for a Stenciled Planter Box from Reclaimed Wood – by Saved by Love Creations

I love this nifty Mailbox Planter – by Garden Chick, and my front yard absolutely needs a Chair Planter – by Between Naps on the Porch.

Up Cycled Work Boot Flower Planters

Unique Work Boot Flower Planters

These are too easy, really.  The hardest part may be finding a pair of boots you’re willing to part with.  

Materials

  • old boots
  • newspaper
  • seeds
  • soil
  • water

Directions

  1. Fill the toes of boots with some crumpled newspaper
  2. Fill the rest of the boot with potting soil.
  3. Add seeds and plant according to package directions
  4. Water lightly

I told you it was too easy.  Which ones will you try?

 

 

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Wine Cork Garden Markers

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Garden Markers made from up-cycled wine cork are more than just cute.  They also help you remember what the heck you were doing.  Inspired by these sweet cork markers I found on Baby Centre I have ventured to make my own version.

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Herb Gardens

I am not going to lie.  Herb gardens are decidedly not something I am good at.  So when it comes to planting herb gardens, I need all the help I can get.  Over the years I have gotten fairly decent at identifying sprouts, like tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, beets, onions, etc.  But herbs, no.  What I need is a lot more experience growing herbs, and until then – I’ve got a clever little up-cycle that it gonna help me out

Wine Cork Garden Markers

Another really easy up-cycle, that is not only cute – it’s actually quite useful.  And who doesn’t love a useful craft?  My version of these wine cork garden markers uses a wire hanger instead of doweling or skewers ( you likely already have a wire hanger to spare) and because of that you don’t need a drill either, just push the wire into the cork.  Real people, real living and totally do-able.

Materials:

  • wine corks
  • white wire hanger
  • wire cutters
  • sharpie

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

Directions:

  1. Unravel the coat hanger, and straighten and if you don’t have a white one, you can paint it.  Just be sure to let it dry very very well before you start handling it
  2. Using the wire cutters, cut the hanger into several lengths, approx 5 – 6 ” long
  3. Push one wine-cork onto the end of one 5″ length of wire
  4. Using the sharpie ( or other permanent marker) label the cork with the type of herb you’ve planted, or hope to plant, or planted a while ago and you forgot about it and it died…
  5. Place each marker next to the right herbs you planted. Be sure to get it right!  I made myself a sketch of where I planted which herb, so that adding the markers wouldn’t cause confusion and delay.

If you liked this up-cycle

You’ll need to make these lovely nature gifts in a jar, and these egg carton daffodils.  For more grown-upy type crafts, check out this awesome rag rug tutorial, or these super easy cotton napkins.  

Also, you can read about my herb garden prowess and get some seed starting ideas here if you’re looking to start your own – which you should totally do! 

DIY Wine Cork Garden Markers for Herb Gardens

 

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Hand Knit Cotton Napkins

DIY Cotton Napkin free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living

Cotton Napkins, that you can totally make yourself! Seriously, this project is just loaded with instant gratification. Easy to make, quick to finish, good for our planet, and 100% tailor-able to your colour preference… why not just give yourself that pat on the back right now.

DIY Cotton Napkin free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living

 

Now That I’ve Convinced You

Reusable soft cloth napkins are washable, re-usable and ideal for cleaning sticky little faces and fingers.  They are way better than any paper product, but they are also expensive.  Have no fear, you can totally make your own with scrap fabric, and I highly recommend it,  and there are a couple of ways you can make them without having to worry about tidy mitered corners and so on, and that is a DIY for another day.  Today though, I’m going to show you how to knit  your own cloth napkins.  For real.  

Hand Knit Cotton Napkins

So, yeah, you’re going to need to know how to knit.  But don’t sweat it, I’ve got you covered.  Head over to our How to Knit Series, and grab the tutorial for Casting On, Making a Knit Stitch, and Binding Off as those are the only knitting skills you’ll need for this pattern.  

Notes

This napkin is used with three strands of yarn held together.  This means your project will work up quick, and will be nice and thick – a good quality, sturdy handmade napkin is what you’re after.  You do not need to purchase three balls of yarn.  340gm ball of Key Lime Pie by Bernat  will be enough yarn to complete several napkins.  Just pull out three different strands ( approx 100′ each should do) and use them held together as seen in the photo below.DIY Cotton Napkin free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living made with three strands held together on big needles for a quick and satisfying project

100′ of yarn isn’t actually all that much, and this napkin took me about 20 minutes of knitting time.  I had to take a one hour road trip between rows, but that’s another story for another day.  An easy way to pull out 100 feet of yarn is to find the end of the ball from the centre, and pull out your arm span worth of yarn until you get to approximately the right length.  I am just over 5′ tall so I pulled out my arm span worth 20 times to get 100 feet, cut the yarn and repeated that two more times, giving me three strands, all to the right length.  You can wind these strands together to make a ball, or you can just get knitting!  It won’t take you long.
 

Materials

  • 3 balls or strands of 100% Cotton Yarn in your favourite colours.  I used three strands of key lime pie and see the notes above on how to get three strands from one ball
  • size 10mm Knitting Needles
  • scissors
  • darning needle
     

Direction

  1. Prepare your strands of yarn as described above.  Or just use three balls.  Totally up to you.
  2. Cast On 18 sts
  3. Knit 31 rows
  4. Bind off the stitches, cut yarn, secure the last stitch, and weave in ends.
  5. Make an entire set!

DIY Cotton Napkins free knitting pattern for eco-friendly living

 

Multi Purpose DIY Cotton Napkins

So we already know why we should use these DIY Cotton Napkins instead of the paper ones – and we know how to make them too.  That’s awesome.  Did you also know that you can totally use these for wash clothes, dish clothes, and they make great rags when they start to wear out?  These possibilities are endless.

Join our Knitting Club and be sure to try all the other easy knitting patterns we have here like this I-Cord, this Infinity Scarf and this super awesome Rag Rug and of course, don’t forget to build your Knit Kit . 

 

Let me know how you make out

 

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DIY Nature Gifts in A Jar

DIY Nature Gifts in A Jar - the perfect Mohter's Day, Father's Day, Teacher's Appreciation Day, or Any Occasion Gift Made with Upcycled Materials and Things Found in Nature

Project: Recycle & Create.  Take a predetermined recyclable item, and create something fabulous with it.  The recyclable: glass jars.  The something fabulous:   DIY Nature Gifts in a Jar. I can hear the collective ooh-ing an ahh-ing.

DIY Nature Gifts in A Jar - the perfect Mohter's Day, Father's Day, Teacher's Appreciation Day, or Any Occasion Gift Made with Upcycled Materials and Things Found in Nature

DIY Nature Gifts In A Jar

These perfect gifts in a jar are made from Upcycled glass jars, fillers that are found in nature, such as beach glass or your favourite rocks, and photos of your favourite things to do outside. Imagine giving ( or receiving these lively treasures for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or even Teacher Appreciation Day! 

About the glass jars. I avoid using mason jars for crafting. Mason jars have a very long life and are perfectly suited for storing and preserving food, and I hesitate to use them for anything else. That said, I am not about to get all judgy on you, for your project, you can use whatever you like.

About the photos. We used our favourite pictures from seed catalogues and lawn and garden supply stores. We ended up with an image of a beautiful cherry blossom,  a garden bench surrounded with potted flowers, and a super fun image of a play structure.

DIY Gifts In A Jar

Materials

  • Glass jars
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Paint brushes
  • Masking tape
  • Nature / Outdoor photos that you love 
  • Filler materials, such as beach glass, rocks, sea shells etc

DIY Nature Gifts in A Jar - the perfect Mohter's Day, Father's Day, Teacher's Appreciation Day, or Any Occasion Gift Made with Upcycled Materials and Things Found in Nature

Directions

  1. Wash jars, remove labels, and dry.
  2. Cover one section with masking tape (this will be the window for your photo)
  3. Paint the entire surface of the jar
  4. Let dry, and then remove masking  tape once dry
  5. Place the photo inside the jar so that the image is visible through the window. Place the image so that the back of the image is against the inside of the jar. 
  6. Add your filler to the bottom of the jar and you’re done!

Love This UpCycle? 

You should definitely check out our Egg Carton Daffodils and Our Scrap Fabric Fairy Houses!  And you can’t possibly leave without seeing what all the hype was over our Gift Paper Frogs, and our Hand Knit Rag Rug!

Upcycle Egg Cartons into Beautiful Daffodils for a fun kid's craft to celebrate spring and nature Recycle Gift Paper into these adorable origami frogs with googly eyesDIY Fairy House with fabric scrapsDIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out these other awesome projects from this month’s challenge:

Jars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Snow globe by Kidz Activities(not shown)
Recycle Plastic Pendant by Our Whimsicle Days
Calm Down Sensory Bottle by Sugar Aunts
Easy Teacher Appreciation Gift by Crafty Mama in ME
Chalkboard Lid Jars by Play and Learn Everyday
Photo Jar Luminaries by Mum in the Madhouse

Sea Glass Suncather by The Gingerbread House
Edible Sand Jars by Playdough & Popsicles
Fairy Lights Recycle Jars by Peakle Pie
Washi Tape Photo Jars by Teach me Mommy

 

 DIY Nature Gifts in A Jar - the perfect Mohter's Day, Father's Day, Teacher's Appreciation Day, or Any Occasion Gift Made with Upcycled Materials and Things Found in Nature

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HOW TO KNIT PART 3: PURL STITCH

How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.

Add a new dimension to your knitting with the Purl Stitch.  Although You can technically complete a project without using the purl stitch, if you want to add elasticity to your project, you need to use the purl stitch.  But, fear not my friends, I’ll show you how to do it.

How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.

Adding Depth and Shape

We’ve previously covered Building a Foundation with Casting ON, and Creating the Structure with the Knit Stitch, so what comes next naturally is how to add shape and depth to your knitting.  You need to know how to do the Purl Stitch, in order to create elastic ribbing, such as in cuffs of sweaters, etc. and you need to know how to do the Purl Stitch if you want to create that smooth surface that you see on the ‘right side’ of many knitted pieces.  Also, there is a stitch out there called the Moss or Seed Stitch that produces and amazing textured piece, and yep – you need to know how to purl. In future articles we’ll explore the various combinations of knit / purl stitches, and until then, you need to work on mastering the purl stitch.

Beware, the Purl Stitch is what I had the hardest time learning!  It took going over it again and again and again. But now I have it figured out entirely, and I’m here to show you how.

How to Make a Purl Stitch

  1. Hold the needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand.  The old stitches are the ones on the left, and you will be making new stitches with the right needle.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  2. With the needle in your right hand, and the working yarn in front of your needles, insert the right needle in to the stitch you are going to purl from right to left.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  3. Bring the working yarn between the needles from right to left and around the right needle.  This will be your new stitch.    How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  4. Move the right needle, with the new stitch on it, through the old stitch and away from you.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  5. Slip the old stitch off the needle, and tighten your new stitch.How to Make a Purl Stitch. Part 3 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  6. Tighten your working yarn just a little to secure your new stitch. 

 

 

PRACTICE THE PURL STITCH

This DIY Infinity Scarf is the perfect pattern to practice what you have learned so far.  You may also want to check out this Kid’s Pom Pom Hat  that uses the fundamentals we have worked on so far, plus some really simple decreasing.  I say go ahead and try it!  You may surprise yourself – and don’t forget, I’m happy to help you along the way.

If you’re looking for more – join our group Nemcsok Farms Knitters – a community of people who love to knit.

We’d love to have you!



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Knit Kit for Beginners – What You Actually Need

Knit Kit of essentials for new beginners. These are things that you will actually need , and you will find them useful

Remember when you announced to your friends and family that you were going to have a baby?  You were bombarded with tons of stuff and suggestions for things you didn’t want, need, and wouldn’t even give to someone else – because you wouldn’t do that to a person. Right?  Well, guess what – when you decide to embark on a new craft, or skill, same happens!  

Knit Kit of essentials for new beginners. These are things that you will actually need , and you will find them useful

Thankfully it did not happen to me, I just simply decided I was ready to learn how to knit, went to my Mom’s house, and raided her stash.  Aren’t Moms the best?

At any rate, I do see it happening to people around me, and I don’t know if it is the consumer crazy culture we have produced, where we need to have all the bells and whistles for everything, but I’m here to break it down for you today.  I have a list here of things you WILL ACTUALLY NEED in order to learn how to knit.  This Knit Kit for Beginners will keep you happily knitting for some time, and by the time you’ve got the hang of it, you will want to expand your skill set and your supplies.  Fear not, I’ll be happy to help then too.

Knit Kit For Beginners

Here’s the skinny.  You’re going to need instructions ( you knew I’d have you covered, right?) a simple pattern for beginners, something that uses the basic stitches, and only the basic stitches ( gosh!  I am so reliable!) and something to knit with, like this Worsted Weight Acrylic Yarn, something to knit on, like these 5 mm Straight Knitting Needles, a pair of Scissors, a Darning Tapestry Needle to secure your last stitch, sew up your seams and weave in ends, and finally a Tailor Tape Measure.  

The seasoned knitters might want to jump in here and tell me, and you, that a crochet hook is better for weaving in ends – and I am nearly inclined to agree.  But since this list is all about NEED I left out the crochet hook, because you can do the same, and more with a darning needle.  

Knit Kit of essentials for new beginners. These are things that you will actually need , and you will find them useful

Shopping or Scavenging List

About the List

You may be surprised that I have used worsted weight acrylic yarn as the go to for a Knit Kit.  Here’s the thing, it’s cheaper, comes is all sorts of great colours, is washable, and has an even ‘give’ or feel to it when you’re knitting. Many many patterns are written with worsted weight ( that is when it has a #4 on the package under weight ).  Acrylic yarn is the easiest to learn with because of the way it moves in your hand.  Knitting with 100% cotton produces lovely finished products, and is a natural product, but when you are learning, it has no ‘give’ to it, and can unravel on you if you’re working it too hard, or undoing and redoing your work a bunch of times. And you will be.

5 mm straight knitting needles are very common, and like the worsted weight yarn, a lot of patterns are written with them in mind.

I already defended my addition of the darning needle and exclusion of the crochet hook in this Knit Kit For Beginners, so that leaves scissors and a measuring tape and well, those are self explanatory, but you likely already have some.  

 

Knit Kit of essentials for new beginners. These are things that you will actually need , and you will find them useful

 
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