If you are like me, and love easier to knit patterns, but want to up your game just a little bit, I found this awesome video on knitting a poncho.
I have already done my share of scarves, and slippers and shawls, but ponchos are fun. I used to wear one all the time in the 60s as a kid (now I am dating myself). They were easy to throw on and kept your arms free to do whatever while at the same time they could be cozy and warm when you wrapped yourself in one.
A poncho is also the next step from a shawl or scarf but maybe you are not quite ready for that complicated sweater, so some of these look like sweaters, but are basically two large knitted squares with a neck attached, so you simply slip this over your head, no sleeves to worry about. They are very fashionable especially for the fall months. A knitted shawl is nice, but sometimes you want something that will stay on by itself i.e.: slip over the head.
I love the neck on this one. It makes it look like a full sweater but you don't have to fit it to your body the same way you would with a top. This simply slips over your head for those cooler days, but I feel the looseness of it adds to the style as you can see above.
You can still spend your evenings creating the simply squares but might have to concentrate a little bit when it comes to the neck. She has a free pattern online for this pattern which I think I will try myself. Let me know what you think?
I love tutorials, especially videos because they are so visual. I don't do well with just a written pattern I love to be able to see just how to do a particular stitch. I am getting back into knitting after many years away from it, but want simply stress free patterns to create while I relax and wind down in my evenings. Since a lot of the knitting is 2 x large rectangles I will enjoy many evenings working on this, and then take an afternoon and watch how to do the neck. I am going to choose some softer yet cozy yarns for this project.
If you have ever read any of my posts, you will see that I am always on the look out for easy knitting patterns I can do without too much intricate counting, patterns or concentration! I love things that grow from the needles fast and I came across this easy knit shawl pattern.
Shawls are a huge fashion accessory now, as they keep that coolness off the shoulders while out, you can knit them as heavy or as light as you want, and they are a great accessory to have on the couch to take off that chill on those winter evenings. I found the video below and thought I would share it with you. In the video she uses a very lightweight yarn and slightly larger needles. You could practice to see what works best for you.
Simply yarn over for the first stitch on each row. That is basically all you have to remember to do, and this will grow very quickly into the traditional triangle that shawls have. You could then add a really cool fringe, or if you are really energetic you could add a knitted border. I love the idea of lots of soft fringe.
Fringe is easy to make, and I think it would look awesome using the same yarn. You would want to put a few strands of fringe in each stitch. Or you could simply leave it plain. The yarn over does create a nice pattern edge.
Also see my page on HOW TO MAKE FRINGE THE LAZY WAY
There are so many varieties of yarns online now too that are worth checking out. I find the variety to be greater, and it is nice having it delivered right to you. Of course if you have a favourite yarn shop stick with them, but since I love to knit simple patterns I like the yarn to be more expressive, so have found different ones online that I like.
If you are trying to find different knitting projects that follow simple patterns, then you should check out this video on how to knit slippers. These are fast and a great way to use up leftover yarn.
You use the simple garter stitch and all you need to do is measure your feet. You create a knitted piece long enough so that they will comfortably stretch over your feet. Don't make them too big or they will get floppy. Using the garter stitch (or plain knitting) will create a stretch to the piece as it grows, so allow a little bit of stretch so they will stay on your feet.
You may also want to consider different yarns depending on whether you want to wear these slippers over bare feet or socks. As I line of my fall knitting, I am going to include these for my own projects. They are great gifts too. Many charities also like knitted slippers, so check around your home town to see if there are homes for these slippers if you want to create a few or for your charity project.
In the video she uses size 4mm needles and some worsted yarns, but you could experiment. She casted on 28 stitches and then simply knit garter stitch style until approximately 9.5 inches. But measure your foot first to see what would work best. You can then add any kind of bling from the dollar store, or knit a flower or something to add some pizzazz to your slippers.
I love knitted slippers and how cozy they can be especially on those cold evenings, but we have hardwood floors so they can be slippery. But there are ways around that. You can get "slipper grippers". These are grips you simply sew to the bottom of your freshly knitted project so that you don't go for a slip and fall. It is one of the biggest reasons seniors won't wear these.
Just click on the picture to find out more. You can also attach these to pajama feet and your favourite socks, but also knitted a crocheted slippers. This keeps you safe as well as cozy. I always find my feet get super cold especially in the winter, and once my feet are cold, so is the rest of me.
I am always looking for super easy knitting projects to do that will keep me busy during the evening hours when I made the decision to stay away from my computer as a Doctor informed me it was the main ingredient into my insomnia. I hate to admit it, but he was right. I am on the computer enough during the day, so I close the office after dinner. I am trying to close the refrigerator after dinner as well to stop late night snacking but that is another blog!
Sell at Craft Shows
If you are a seasoned knitter, you could create pairs of these very quickly depending on the weight of yarn you use. Thicker would be softer but be careful you don't want them to be bulky. These worsted weight could easily fit in your purse or pocket for when you visit people and want something on your feet once you have taken your shoes off. You could keep them simple and plain or you could also use patterned yarn. The sky is your limit.
Get started and have fun!
If you are looking for projects that can be completed quickly, then you may like this post.
Knitted products are beautiful, but they are also a lot of time consuming work. Call me impatient but I am drawn to projects that don't take a super long time, and are simple. I love doing the same stitch over and over without having to follow any intricate patterns. Professional knitters out there may be aghast by that statement, but hey, what can I say? This is me!
Blankets are the perfect way to start, you can knit them for yourself, to donate or to sell at craft shows. Everyone loves a nice soft thick blanky to get all cozy under on those cold evenings, or for extra warmth on the bed.
To create this type of blanket, you will need very large needles (see below video) as well as thicker and yet soft wool or yarn (also below). You will use the simple garter stitch and then create lots of squares and then sew them together. You could whip up the squares in a few evenings or less then sew them together. She also shows you in detail just how to sew them together to look professional. I just love this!
You could create the squares in different colors or even just one color as you can create interest in the way you place the squares before sewing them together. If you prefer the stockinette stitch (knit one row then purl the next) that would work too. Simply because the wool is thick and the needles are larger, you will complete these squares in no time. In the video she is donating her blankets, you could also do the same to a local charity shop.
Sell at Craft Shows
Also consider these quick blankets for craft shows. It can be hard to turn a profit with knitted products because of the hours involved creating them, but if you use larger supplies then you can knock the time off and still turn a profit. You could embroider on the squares if you wish to add more interest, or add a fringe, but personally I love it just the way it is. I am going to get started on one of these quick knitted blankets now.
You can have a lot of fun with this simple pattern. You can make these as large as you want or even just a little mat for your pet. You can try different yarns , but make sure they are the bulky sizes and soft. You don't want an itchy blanket.
Enjoy and have fun with this knitted blanket project.
If like me, you are looking for simple little projects to knit that don't take a long time and are easy to do, then you will love this little purse. I think it would be even better if it was lined with some cotton, but that would be me.
At least the knitting part of it is easy. She uses 25 cast on stitches of a regular weight yarn. You could change this to whatever size works for you especially if you want to use leftover yarns. This is a great leftover project!
It could also be decorated with more bling than the ribbon in the video. You could sew all kinds of beads to the front and then sell them at your next craft show or give them out for gifts. Each one could be totally personalized too! Check out the dollar store for lots of bling ideas.
So it may start out as a very simple knitting project, but doesn't have to look simple. She sews in a zipper and it is done. You could change the size of this to a larger bag and maybe even attach handles. There are so many possibilities! You could make 10 of them out of the same yarn and yet each one could be totally personalized!
Great for Craft Shows or to Sell
I thought this was such a cute purse to knit. It is done in the plain garter stitch so perfect for beginners. There is really no set pattern so you can make them as long or as short or as wide as you want.
If you sell knitted crafts at craft shows, or even online, these would make great crafts because the time involved in not much and the design is simple. You could knit this quickly while watching TV.
Add a Lining
You could also head to your local fabric store and check out the remnants bin where you can get bits of fabric for really cheap and cut slightly larger than the bag by about 1/2 inch all round, and then fold in half just like the purse and sew the side seams, (right sides together) then press open the side seams and then press the top down 1/2 inch to the wrong side and then simply fit the lining into the knitted purse and sew around the top with a needle and thread before adding the zipper.
This will give it a more finished look inside. But this is a personal choice. I just thought it could add some color and bling to the inside for holding change and small things. I find heavier cottons work great for linings.
Add the Zipper
Just the way she does it in the video, but if you make your purse a bit too wide based on the type of yarn you used, no worries, simple sew the top closed up to the zipper on both sides (center the zipper) using a needle a thread of same color as knitting if possible.
This knitted bag or purse definitely comes under the category of "easy knitting". The decorating part is up to you afterwards. But at least the basic design is fast and easy. This is the type of knitting I love!
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.
This is another cool way of using the simple garter stitch. If you are getting tired of basic knitting and want to try something a little different then you will love this. I was checking out the instructions on Youtube and found a perfect channel for getting a feel of this different way of knitting. Check it out below.
This method creates a cool diamond shape or the look of woven knitted pieces. I personally am not big on intricate patterns when I am knitting to distress myself, but I must admit after watching the video, I was excited to give it a try.
Different Ways of Using Plain Knitting
If you like the idea of the woven look, you can also create that yourself, you don't have to use entrelac. I knitted strips of knitted pieces and then basically wove them and then stitched them in place to make a cool and yet different looking knitting bag. I lined it with heavy fabric and sewed on lots of bling from the dollar store to house all my knitting supplies. You can see how I did this by clicking on the picture or the link to get to that earlier blog post.
It is nice to try something new. Garter stitch was always considered very plain and many people once they learned how to knit (this was usually the first stitch taught) would then move on to more complicated patterns.
I personally wanted something easy and fun to do while enjoying music or TV in the evening hours to distress. I didn't want something that would take constant attention. But there are many ways you can use garter stitch to make something look less plain. In the above knitting bag, I used the stockinette stitch which is knit one row and then purl the next. The only thing I am not a fan of with this stitch is that it curls and needs pressing, whereas, the garter stitch (knit all rows) does not.
Just because you knit plain doesn't mean you can't get creative with the finished product.
But if you want to try something else with the basic garter stitch then check out the video above to see how to do the Entrelac Knitting. It is kind of cool and you can add different colours.
I have found some patterns online that might help too.
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.