9 Sites to Download Free Knitting Patterns

Everyone loves free knitting patterns.  It’s probably the most popular knitting related search out there.  Fortunately, there are a LOT of choices available now.  The following list is of some of my favorite sites that will let you download free patterns at the drop of a needle.  The list is in no particular order and … Read more

Fast Knitting Projects for Beginners (& Everyone Else)

How do you measure knitting speed?  Do you count it in stitches/minute, or the amount of time it takes for you to finish a project?  The truly speedy knitters measure it in stitches/minute, but maybe you just want to have a pile of finished objects to show off to friends and family. Many beginning knitters … Read more

4 Ways “Overweight” Yarns Help Beginning Knitters

I don’t knit with bulky, chunky, or jumbo yarns very often.  I don’t like the way the stitches look.  They seem awkward and lacking in subtlety.  Overblown, usually. But there are times when bulky yarn, or larger, is a great choice. When you’re in a hurry… Your winter hat is gone.  Who knows where.  Maybe … Read more

The Best Beginning Knitting Pattern is …. a Scarf

I’ve said this many, many times.  The answer to the perennial question:  “what should my first knitting project be?”  or “what is the best beginning knitting pattern?” is a scarf.  It’s been a scarf for centuries and I expect it will be a scarf for many more.  Why? KISS:  Keep It Simple, Silly! When you’re … Read more

5 Reasons Why Cheap Yarn is Expensive

Yarn can easily be the most expensive part of knitting.  At first glance, cheap yarn is the solution.  But cheap yarn has hidden costs. One of the biggest potential costs is that the final result will be so badly flawed you’ll just end up throwing it away.  Knitting is a process and cheap yarns can … Read more