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telophase ([personal profile] telophase) wrote2017-02-23 05:00 am

Knitters!

Suggestions for someone's second-ever knitting project?

Not me: Toby. He wanted something productive/creative to do with his hands while watching TV so he picked knitting. After watching a lot of YouTube videos he has knitted a skein of yarn into a somewhat lumpy scarf that I shall wear with pride, but he now is looking for the next thing to do.

The scarf was entirely the knit stitch. He is cautiously open to learning the purl. XD (He claims it was because he wanted to make sure he had the knit stitch down but whatever.)
yhlee: sleepy kitty (Cloud)

[personal profile] yhlee 2017-02-23 05:06 am (UTC)(link)
I found this coffee cup sleeve pretty easy as a beginning knitter, although it does indeed require purl.
jenna_thorn: Morticia Addams, knitting babywear (Morticia knitting)

[personal profile] jenna_thorn 2017-02-23 03:38 pm (UTC)(link)
I like mitts for a quick, simple project. Smaller than socks (and no heel!), but more challenging than a dishcloth.

And they are a good introduction to knitting on dpns if he wants to do that sort of thing

[identity profile] selenite.livejournal.com 2017-02-23 05:44 am (UTC)(link)
I checked with Laura, who declared herself unqualified to make suggestions at that level. But there's dishtowel patterns out there he could try.

[identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com 2017-02-23 03:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks!

[identity profile] mindyklasky.livejournal.com 2017-02-23 07:21 am (UTC)(link)
He could knit a ribbed scarf (giving him a chance to further master knitting and practice purling -- a 4x4 rib will be stretchy but not absurdly so.) Or he might try a simple cowl -- knitting in the round (creating a stockinette stitch, which is made by alternating rows of knitting and purling in a flat fabric.)

(I stuck with scarves for my first half-dozen projects, starting with the ribbed scarf, then moving on to double-knit, cables, etc, ending with a two-color cabled brioche knit of my own design.)

[identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com 2017-02-23 03:32 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks! :)

[identity profile] affreca.livejournal.com 2017-02-23 03:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Good to hear he is enjoying it enough to knit a another project.

There's a couple of options, depending on how much new he wants to try at once and what would he fine uses for. A cowl would be a good project for learning knitting in the round and purling. Dish towels or way cloths would be good for learning to purl and following a pattern. There are patterns that you knit diagonally, which would be good for practicing increases or decreases. If he's interested in multiple new skills in one project, a hat would be good. I like the hurricane hat as a beginning project.

[identity profile] telophase.livejournal.com 2017-02-23 03:33 pm (UTC)(link)
Thanks!