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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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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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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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HOW TO KNIT PART 4: HOW TO BIND OFF

Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off

You guys, we need to talk about knitting bind off methods.  You have all been awesome in following along with the How to Cast On, Knit and Purl Now what?  You’ve cast on a whole whack of stitches, you’ve knitted and purled to your hearts content.. and you probably have something very very lovely sitting on those needles.  Now what?
 
Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
 

Not Quite The End

I’m going to show you how to get those beautiful stitches off that needle, and tell you a bit about knitting bind off methods so you can go ahead and brag about how awesome you are.  For real.  Knitting is easy once you get the hang of it, and if you’ve made it this far, you’ve been able to build your foundation from our how to cast on tutorial, and wasn’t that fun?  Once you got going it was easy peasy, right?  Well, it was easy enough for you to stick around and try the knit stitch.. and that right there is a success in my book.  And now hold on.. if you’ve made it this far, than you have likely also nailed the purl stitch and that is the trickiest part of knitting.  So give yourselves a great big pat on the back and then I want you to do two things, ready?  Take a photo of your project, and brag about it!  Post it to our Facebook Page and tag Nemcsok Farms so I don’t miss it AND share it on instagram with the hashtag #nemcsokfarmsknitters so I can find it, and press the little heart button and stuff, and congratulate you on your hard work!

And while Binding Off your stitches, is the last fundamental of knitting, it is not what you call finishing – so I just wanted to clear up any confusion there.  Finishing refers to when you weave in the ends of your yarn, and tidy up any strays from joining yarns throughout the project and sewing up any seams and well, you get the idea.  

Knitting Bind Off Methods

So, let’s get to it.  The first time you set out to bind off your stitches, you’re going to do it simply by using the knit stitch over and over again.  There’s a bit more to it, but just so you know, it’s really really easy.  As you start to knit more and more, you will come eventually want to try what is called binding off in pattern.  This simply means that you will use the knit stitch to bind off the old knit stitches and you will use the purl stitch to bind off the old purl stitches.  But we can totally get to that some other time.  Binding off with a knit stitch is perfectly fine and acceptable and I highly recommend it.  Ready?

 

How to Bind Off

  1. Knit two stitchesKnitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
  2. Insert the left needle into the first stitch you knitted in step 1.Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
  3. With the left needle, bring the first stitch you knitted over the second stitch and off the needle.Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
  4. Knit the next stitch on the left needle, and repeat steps two and three.
  5. Repeat these steps, knitting one from the left needle, and slipping the first stitch off the right needle over the second stitch. 
  6. When you have one stitch left on the right needle, cut you yarn, leaving a long end, and bring it up through the last stitch.

Any questions?

You’ve Got This

Be sure to check out what to put in your Knit Kit for beginners, and soon I think we’ll all be ready for the next level. What knitting tutorial would you like to see next?

 

 Knitting Bind Off Methods - Part 4 of Our How To Knit Series. A step by step tutorial to show you how to do the basic knitting stitches, from casting on to binding off
 
 

 
CUE THE NEXT VIDEO.

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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

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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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Hand Knit Rag Rug

DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!

Are you ready to see something really and truly amazing?  Because I had a fit of creative genius let me tell you, and I am feeling pretty pleased with myself.  Any Rag Rug is thing of beauty to be sure, but this – this my friends, is no ordinary Rag Rug.

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DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!

This week in the Earth Month Upcycle Challenge, the item we were challenged with up-cycling with, was fabric.  And what a good opportunity to go through my stash.  

When setting out meet this challenge, I had a good idea of what I wanted to do. I wanted to use an old sheet, and turn it into a floor mat, or rag rug.  I had two hurdles, first, I wanted to use knitting to construct it, and second, how does one knit a sheet?

My Brilliant Idea

I was pretty sure that I would fall out of love with my project if it required cutting a sheet into strips and then sewing them together at the ends in order to have a fabric strip that was long enough to work with. That’s too much work, and not my idea of a fun time.  My solution – wait for it – 

I sewed the sheet.

Yep, that’s right.  I folded the sheet in half on the long edge, adjust it so that there was about an inch overhang with the edges, and sewed the sheets long edges to each other.  Sort of like a sleeping bag with an open top and bottom.  See the image in step 1. And then I cut the strips.  Or rather, one very long strip. Easy peasy.

Hand Knit Rag Rug

Materials:

  • Huge Knitting Needles – seriously these things are 25mm in diameter.  Just awesome.
  • A twin sized sheet ready to be upcycled
  • Sewing machine, and thread
  • Fabric Shears, I like the ones with bright handles, because I lose EVERYTHING
  • Basic Knitting skills, such as knowing how to Cast On, and make a Knit Stitch (clicking on those links will get you to the tutorials for the fundamentals of knitting ) and how to Bind off.  

Directions:

  1. Fold your sheet over on it’s long edge, miss matching the edges and leaving a 1″ overhang. DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!
  2. Sew the seam along the long edges – you will have a 1″ overhang at each end
  3. Place your sheet, now a large tube, with the first overhang on your work surfaceDIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!
  4. Take a deep breath
  5. And begin to cut.  Cut a 1″ strip, beginning at the overhand, and carry on, around and around until you have a very long 1″ wide strip of up-cycle-able fabric, that is knit-able. ( See how I just make up words as I go along?  ) DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!
  6. Take those gigantic knitting needles, and your newly cut ‘yarn’ and cast on 30 stitches.
  7. Knit 37 rows.
  8. Bind off, and secure and weave in ends.

 

DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!

Now was that not truly brilliant?  

More Smart Ideas

If I wowed you with this up-cycle, just wait until you see how I made the stencil for these Dragon Fly Crafts, and this Trivet and of course our other up cycle challenges, like these Mini Greenhouses and these Paper Pots.

Join in on the Earth Month Up Cycling Challenge and Create Fun New Things from Everyday Recyclable Items

More Awesome Up-Cycles!

10 Awesome Upcycle Ideas for Old Clothes – Crafty Mama in Me

How to Make A Great Recycled Fabric Bag – Witty Hoots

A Tisket A Tasket A Woven Cloth Basket – Mosswood Connections

How to Make Yarn Out Of Old Jeans – Our Daily Craft

 

DIY Hand Knit Rag Rug made from an Up-cycled bed sheet!

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How to Knit Part 2: Knit Stitch

How to Make a Knit Stitch. Part 2 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.

Simply put, knitting would not be knitting, where it not for the knit stitch.

The other day we started talking a little big about the fundamentals of knitting, and how you need to start with a foundation.  Now that you have mastered the foundation, or Casting On, it’s time to start building.

How to Make a Knit Stitch. Part 2 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.

Creating the Structure

There are four basic techniques you need to know in order to knit.  First, what we talked about the other day, is you need to know how to cast on.  There are several different ways to accomplish this, but my favourite method is the sling shot method, also called the long tail method.  I shared a pretty good tutorial on How to Cast On in Part 1 of the How to Knit Series.

The other skills you need to know are how to make a Knit Stitch, a Purl Stitch and how to Bind off.  You could in theory get by with only knowing how to knit, or how to purl, but usually it’s the combination of the two that bring you some wonderfully shaped garments, with great texture.  The different ways of combining the knit and purl stitches determines things like elasticity, fit, texture and style.  I’ll go into that in more detail after we’ve worked through these four basic skills.

The Knit Stitch, although potentially awkward to start with, gets really easy and really comfortable once you get going.

How to Make a Knit Stitch

  1. Hold the needle with the cast on stitches in your left hand.  
  2. With the empty needle in you right hand, and the working yarn behind your needles, insert the right needle in to the stitch you are going to knit from left to right.How to Make a Knit Stitch. Part 2 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  3. Bring the working yarn beneath the right needle and between the needles from back to front, wrapping the working yarn around the right needle – this is your new stitchHow to Make a Knit Stitch. Part 2 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  4. Bring the needle and the new stitch down toward you and through the old stitch.  You will have the new stitch on the right hand needle, How to Make a Knit Stitch. Part 2 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  5. … and you will slip the old stitch off of the left hand needle.  How to Make a Knit Stitch. Part 2 of a step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  6. Tighten it a little bit, and voila!  You’re ready to knit the rest of the stitches.



PRACTICE THE KNIT STITCH

With these patterns that are perfect for beginners, like the I-Cord Tutorial , or the DIY Rainbow Scarf.  

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!

USE THIS VIDEO TUTORIAL TO SEE HOW IT’S DONE

 

 

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How to Knit Part 1: How to Cast On

knitting series part 1

You CAN knit

Get the E-Course Here

As you read this series on how to knit, I am have just finished up the E-Course I put together just for you. You CAN knit is designed to encourage you on your knitting journey.  To give you the skills and the confidence to succeed as well as the gift to create something amazing.  In the meantime, follow along below, and check out Knits’ End for all kinds of awesome knitting stuff.

My knitting journey starts long ago in a far away place.  I found myself with little money, lots of time, and an entire slew of people I wanted to get gifts for come the impending Holiday Season.   I had always had an interest in knitting, but could never quite grasp it.  

How to Knit. A step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
This article focuses on the technique casting on.  Click on these links for the knit stitch, the purl stitch and how to bind off.

Building a Foundation

Like anything you build in life, you need to start with a foundation.  A foundation for creating things with yarn was built for me as a child – my grandmother was often knitting, and making pretty things.  An aunt had an accident with a horse, and ended up with a broken arm.  Her doctor prescribed knitting as therapy for repairing her arm and shoulder and gaining strength and motor skills.  My Mom did a lot of crocheting ( is that a word?) and let’s face it – I have a thing for crafting.  It was only a matter of time.

Now the far away place I mentioned earlier…. that would be northwestern Ontario.  My then best friend and now husband and I were about to embark on some cross province, and cross country work, and that meant long hours driving.  Again with the lots of time and little money bit.  

I taught myself with a book, and some yarn and supplies my Mom had been keeping in her basement, and the rest as they say is history.

How to Knit. A step by step tutorial on how to use a sling shot or long tail cast on method for building your foundation for knitting

Good to Know

 
 
A rule of thumb for casting on when using standard 5mm needles and regular worsted weight yarn is measure out 1 inch per stitch. I know my hand span is 8″ so I use that to measure out the amount of yarn I will have on the short end of my slip knot.  So if you were using needles twice that size, for example, 10 mm needles, double that. 
Take my Infinity Scarf pattern as an example.  The pattern calls for 12.75 mm needles and to cast on 24 sts.  If I were using 5mm needles I would measure out 24″ of yarn, or three hand spans worth, and then fix my slip knot.  Because the needles in this pattern are much larger, I measured out about 64 ” or 8 hand spans.
 
Place the slip knot at the end of the measured out short end, and place it on either one of the needles, about an inch from the tip.
 
Put the needle with the slip knot in you right hand. The tail is considered the short end and the yarn that comes from the ball or skein is called the working yarn.

Part 1 : How to Cast on

Before you can actually knit, you need a place to start.  There are several ways to cast on – but I totally prefer the sling shot method, it seems to be the most useful, and it sounds pretty cool.

  1. Pull a length of yarn from the skein.  If you’re using a worsted weight yarn, and 5mm knitting needles, you can usually count on needing one inch of yarn per stitch when casting on.  Make a slip knot, place it on the needle, and pull the yarn ends to tighten it.  This counts as your first cast on stitchHow to Knit. A step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  2. Hold the needled with the slip knot in your right hand with your index finger resting on the slip knot.
  3. Place the short end of yarn over your left thumb, and bring the working yarn up and over your left index finger. Hold both yarn ends in your left palm with your three remaining fingers.  Like a sling shot.How to Knit. A step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  4. Insert tip of needle under first strand of yarn on left thumbHow to Knit. A step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  5. Bring needle over and around the first strand on your index fingerHow to Knit. A step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.
  6. Pull the yarn and needle down through the loop on your thumb
  7. Slip your thumb out of the loop, then bring your thumb toward you, catching the yarn end to form a new loop on your thumb and gently pulling to tighten the new stitch on the needle.
  8. Repeat steps 3-7 until you have the required amount of stitches on your needle.

 

How to Knit. A step by step tutorial on the basic stitches of knitting.

 


 

Practice How to Cast On

With these patterns that are perfect for beginners, like the Kid’s Pom Pom Hat, or the DIY Rainbow Scarf.  Once you’ve mastered casting on, or atleast become comfortable with it, move on to the Knit Stitch.  Oh, and in case you were wondering – during that first trip across the country, the first thing I made, was a green and orange stripped toque.  He still wears it.  That’s love people.

 

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Hand Knit Easter Eggs

DIY Free Knitting Pattern for Hand Knit Egg Pattern for Easter

The hand knit hearts I made for Valentine’s Day were such a hit, I absolutely had to do something equally fabulous for Easter.

DIY Free Knitting Pattern for Hand Knit Egg Pattern for Easter

If you recall the my creative/ng process that I shared with you when I made the super long rainbow scarf, you’ll appreciate knowing that this took several do overs.  

Hand Knit Decor

This is another really simple pattern, using only the knit stitch, increases and decreases ( fear not my friends, I’ll show you how ) and it takes all of 20 minutes to make one egg.

And once you start making them, the possibilities are endless.  They make great decor items for any table, nice little wash cloths and coasters for your Easter Feast, or piece them into arrangements for table runners and even wall hangings.  I’ve got a few of these projects lined up to share with you, but first we need to start with the basics.

About the Egg Pattern

In order to make these eggs lay flat, I used the garter stitch.  That means you knit on both the wrong and right sides, or simply put, no purl stitches were used in the making of this Easter craft.  

Because we’re using only the knit stitch, we’re going to use the M1L ( make one left ) increase, the same one we used in the knitted hearts, but I’m illustrating it again below.  What you want to do is use your left needle to pick up the bar coming from the next stitch on the left needle.  In the photo below I am pointing at where to lift up the stitch.  So you use your left needle to slide under that bar, and it will slide right onto the tip of your left needle.  Use your right needle to knit it as you would any other stitch.  It’s really quite simple, even if it is a bit tight, and takes a wee bit of practice to get it working smoothly for you.  Once you’ve got it though, you’ll be happy because it is an invisible increase, that doesn’t leave a bump or a gap.

In order to get the egg shape we also need to decrease, and we have accomplished that just by using the K2tog ( knit two together) which is exactly what it sounds like.  You’ve got this.

 

DIY Free Knitting Pattern for Hand Knit Egg Pattern for Easter

Hand Knit Easter Eggs

Materials

  • straight knitting needles, any size.  The bigger the needles, the bigger the eggs
  • yarn from your stash – preferably pastels and Easter colours.  Any weight, again, the bigger the yarn , the bigger the eggs
  • crochet hook for weaving in ends
  • scissors

Pattern

Cast on 6 sts.

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: K2, M1L, K to last two sts, M1L, K2 (8 sts)

Rows 3 – 9: Repeat Row 2 ( 22 sts)

Row 10 – 15: Knit

Row 16: K1, K2tog, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1 (20 sts)

Rows 17 – 23: Repeat Row 16 ( 6 sts)

Bind off, cut yarn, secure last stitch, and weave the ends in all tidy like

DIY Free Knitting Pattern for Hand Knit Egg Pattern for Easter

 

More Easter Fun

You’ll love what my friends are doing for Easter – from life size board games to breakfast casseroles.  

Life-Size Bunny Hop Board Game| Playground Parkbench

Hopping Down the Bunny Trail Free Printable | Sunny Day Family

Easter Morning Breakfast Casserole by Our Good Life

DIY Easter Cards from Recyclables by Crafty Kids at Home

Invitation to Create: Easter Eggs | Our Whimsical Days

Easter Egg Breakfast Popsicles | Eats Amazing

Upcycled Easter Baskets | Rhythms of Play