If you are just new to knitting or like simpler quicker patterns, there are many things you can make besides scarves and blankets.
Although I am not a grannie as of yet, I have seen many of my friends with grandchildren using these knitted baby cocoons. They are a great way to keep your baby feeling snuggly and cozy. Make sure to use soft yarn, and check out this video below. I personally do better with visual instructions as I am not a "seasoned knitter" and tend to stick to simple things that don't take weeks to complete. This pattern uses larger yarn and needles and I figured you could finish it pretty quickly. Would make a great baby gift too.
Don't panic when you see her using the round needles. She starts off with the size 17 regular needles and then switches to the same size in a "round knitting needle". Watch her carefully and pause the video if you need to. I did, just to see how she was creating this project. I liked this video because she didn't skip over anything at all, and the video was shot up close which really helps.
I find some videos tend to gloss over details. I need details! Hopefully this inspires you to break out of your comfort zone and try something a little different. I used to think round needles were basically for socks as I saw my granny knit that way, but there are really cool projects to get going on once you master the art.
Knitting with round needles is not hard once you get the hang of it. You can make this knitted baby cocoon or even little hats for babies or larger ones for yourself. I really love simplistic designs. I know for myself I will get frustrated if the pattern is too complicated and I end up hunched over the project for hours!
The idea of these easy knitting projects is to break out of the mold every once in a while and try something new, but not something that will have me stressing! I live the video way as I can pause and play at each step.
I have included some Amazon links for the products she was using if you like to shop online including the gray yarn she used. I find online easier many times as my local stores just don't always carry the supplies I like.
So hopefully this post has inspired you to give it a go. You could switch colors and/or even embroider one of these to make them very personal. There are all kinds of creative ways to use this baby cocoon. You could create one and fill it with baby needs for a gift. Or simply knit it for your own baby.
If you love to knit, then you may have heard of different ways to create awesome knitted products. You no longer have to use the trusty knitting needles if you do not want to. There are so many gorgeous types of yarn and wools on the market now that are thick and luxurious that you can quickly arm knit a blanket while you are watching that movie. You could make one each night if you want to sell them or for gifts.
I personally love the idea of this, because it is simple and it is fast.
Selling Knitted Products for a Business or in Craft Shows
Everyone loves knitted products, but the time involved is not always reflected in the price you can get. Some intricate patterns can take hours. So if you want to use knitting as a business, then you need to find ways to quickly make a product that looks awesome and cozy such as these arm knitted blankets. Check out the video below for instructions to get you inspired.
Where to find couture jazz yarn
erThis yarn is a soft but much thicker yarn then you may be used to. It can be found in many craft stores, but I have found the largest variety is online. You will need a few balls of this to complete a project but the speed is incredible.
Just a word of caution, this is the day you don't want to be disturbed! If you are needed and are elbow deep in your arm blanket knitting, then you need something close by as a stitch holder, a loop of the yarn even, just something because as we all know Murphy's law tends to happen when you sit down to relax and try your hand or should I say "arm" at this blanket. Make sure the stitches are not too tight on your arm and then they will be easy to slide off onto a keeper of some sort!
Super Large Needles?
I was also thinking, that if you don't like the idea of using your arms, or you feel the yarn would irritate your skin, you could try using super large knitting needles instead. It would still be a quick project but maybe not quite as quick as your arms as the stitches are much larger. But it is a thought. You can also finger knit which is another great way to create something a little different.
Knitting has come a long way, and I have found online sites such as Amazon that offer free shipping many of the times to be a quick way to get variety.
Happy Knitting, and hope the above video inspires you to try something a little different and see your project grow fast, and it this case under an hour!
Seriously! If you have never even picked up needles before, then this video is for you. I love videos because I need to see someone else doing it. So check this out and see if this gets you started on a brand new hobby or business
If you would like to learn to knit, but just have not found the right instructor, or are tired of going by book diagrams, then you are going to love this video.
On my search for simple ways to knit and get creative, I came across this well received video that teaches the most green of beginners. I mean totally new at it! All you need are some knitting needles, yarn and some patience.
Get your supplies and carve out some time. You don't want to be stressed while learning this. Once you get the basic casting on, and stitches you can keep practicing. This is the perfect way to make a scarf! When learning you don't need fancy yarn, just tie together leftover bits even, hey, this could make a real statement as a colorful scarf when you are done!
She actually makes it quite entertaining!
I took up knitting as a way to channel my creativity away from the computer in the evening. The computer screen was aggravating my insomnia and I once I switched to a less stressful relaxing hobby, I slept better.
I have found that you don't need to create intricate fancy patterns to have fun and also create useful items. You can get yarn that is dyed to different shades of a color so that when you are knitting the colors are gorgeous.
Below are some examples of yarns that will add some pizzazz to your scarves, blankets or whatever fun and easy knitting project you are working on.
If you are new to knitting, or haven't knitted in a very long time, then starting off simple is best.
Personally I picked up the needles after decades away from it, to help me sleep as I get off the computer in the evening now, and try to relax with my knitting and some great music. But whatever your reasons are for picking up knitting again, you can check some of my other posts to see some of the simple projects I have made.
Even if the only stitch you know is the garter stitch, there are many projects you can make, and even simple doesn't mean boring. Look at the side bar for How to knit aknitting bag to give you some ideas.
But if you want to try something small first, then check out this video on how to knit baby mittens.
These are so cute, and if there are no babies in your life, you can donate them to a local charity or Mothers shelter, they would be much appreciated.
Just make sure you use delicate yarns that are designed for babies as they did in the video. As you can see there are no fingers or thumbs to be concerned about, so these are quick little projects. Babies hands always get cold before ours do, and depending on the climate you live in, these can be very handy for new moms.
If you are not ready for mittens just yet you could also knit a baby blanket. You don't need to buy patterns there are many scattered on the internet, or youtube. Get inspired to knit, it is good for the soul as you see your results grow from your needles.
My name is Diane and I love all arts and crafts including painting, drawing and knitting (I painted the bee above!) I decided after many years to take up knitting again and needed simple patterns that I could do while watching TV or listening to music that would help dial down stress. I hope you enjoy some of my own projects as well as ones I have found.