When I first started knitting, I was quite the ambitious knitter. While not in and of itself a bad thing, I definitely got burned when I reached for advanced patterns without having established the basics. What I learned through that process, though, was that I did much better with patterns that let me grasp a single new skill. And the results were new mad skills, confidence, and a lot of fabulous knits.
If you’re looking for some patterns to help grow your skillz, here are five to get you started:
Sail Shawl – $8 CAD Delightfully textural and wonderfully simple, Sale Shawl is a great intro into the world of short rows. Working with only knitting and gorgeous colours, it’s a beautiful palette for experimenting with shape.
Ahead Cowl – $8 CAD Elegant and modern, this cowl is the perfect introduction to lace. Beautifully simple, yet with stunning movement, drape, and definition, it’s a must-have for every lace lover.
Aine – $8 CAD Gorgeous cables are so very enticing, especially when they are reversible. Broaden your skill-set with this decadent cowl of rich colour and captivating texture. You will, without a doubt, be stunned at how easy cables really are!
Ahead Socks – $8 CAD After learning some of the more fun stitch patterns like lace and cables, it’s time to branch out into your first pair of socks. This cute pair is so much fun to knit that you’ll definitely be knitting them again before you know it!
Seaswell – $9 CAD When you are ready for your first cardigan, this gorgeous piece should be your next step. With a flat, one-piece construction and shaping achieved just by changing needle sizes, you’ll be wrapped up in chic comfort in no time.
What kind of skills are you hoping to build on? What patterns have you shied away from because of a certain technique? Better yet, what one thing could you do today to have the courage to knit that pattern?