Knitting & Crochet

Popular knit patterns for beginners

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Knitting & Crochet

Popular knit patterns for beginners

Knitting can seem difficult to master – memories of Gram creating perfect sweaters, intricate blankets and delicate babywear can make picking up a set of knitting needles for the first time a bit daunting.

The truth is anybody can learn to knit, all it takes is a bit of patience and practice. We've compiled a list of our very best beginner knit patterns to help you hone your new skill. Take a look at the hottest trends in homemade knitwear in the photo gallery below. Then start with one of our classic learn-to-knit crafts: A colourful ballband dishcloth, an easy-knit afghan and a simply beautiful tweed pullover sweater.

Photo gallery: Easy to learn knitting trends

Knitting isn't just for grannies anymore. Discover the latest knitting trends and how you can get in on the action.

It was just a few years ago that knitting cast off its old-fashioned image and burst back onto the arts and crafts scene with a rainbow of yarns, patterns, and resources, like Debbie Stoller's popular series of knitting books and countless other colourful modern guides.

"There is a sexier side to knit and crochet now," says Jennifer Campbell, co-owner with Miko Schechter of The Purple Purl in Toronto, Ont.

Knit a ballband dishcloth

This handy cotton cloth knit pattern takes no time and is a perfect addition to any kitchen.

Here's the classic dishcloth recipe that goes with Peaches & Creme the way champagne goes with truffles. Or a Diet Rite Cola with a Moon Pie, to be more exact.

Size: Approx 9-1/4" x 9-1/4" (23.5 cm x 23.5 cm)

Easy-knit afghan

The knit pattern for this bright blanket is made from colourful knitted squares that are quick to make and portable, too.

Simple-to-knit squares, the softest yarn and a garden-fresh palette of colours make this the perfect project -- and since each patch is worked separately it's the ideal take-along craft, too. Once the squares are complete, decorative cross-stitches sew them into a cosy afghan.

Finished afghan is approx 142 x 127 cm (56 x 50 ins). Squares are knit separately, then sewn together and embroidered. Standard abbreviations are used. Recommended for beginners.

A simple tweed pullover to knit

This beautiful wool sweater, a good knit pattern for beginners, is sure to become a long-lasting favourite.

This beautiful sweater is made not in traditional tweed but, rather, in a wool yarn with a lightly spun roving wrapped with two thin, solid strands and one thin, multi-colour strand. The quality of the 100 per cent wool will make this pullover a long-lasting favourite that you'll wear for years to come. It's a great sweater style for either a girl or a guy, and it comes in multiple sizes.

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Knitting & Crochet

Popular knit patterns for beginners