Take your basic knitting skills to the next level! Seventeen stylish patterns help you learn these exciting and useful techniques--creating cables, knitting in the round, making thumb gussets for mittens, picking up stitches, and knitting on the diagonal. Whether you choose a hat, scarf, mittens, purse, or hand warmers, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how fast you'll finish your project! Made using a variety of yarns, these projects by Kim Haesemeyer include a Starter Cable Scarf and Hat, Lucky Horseshoe Hand Warmers, Three-Cable Hand Warmers, Color-Changing Scarf, Classic Ribbed Scarf and Hat, Impressive Scarf and Hat, Keyhole Scarf and Cozy Mittens, Long Spiral Scarf and Simple Hat, Three-Piece Gift Set, and Multi-Cabled Bag.
If you haven't knit cables before, this is a terrific set to get you started. Since the cable row is worked only every 10 rows and the pattern uses bulky yarn, you'll have this hat and scarf finished in no time. The scarf is truly easy because it is worked flat. You'll need to learn knitting in the round to make the hat, and your reward is no seams to stitch!
You'll have good luck making this unique cable! It is actually two cables, one twisted to the front and one to the back, creating the horseshoe effect. The body of these hand warmers is simple K2, P2 ribbing that stretches to fit a wide range of sizes.
Three identical cables line up nicely on the backs of these hand warmers. Although the cables are just alike, if you look closely at one of the cables, you'll see that its two curves are not mirror-image. Instead, they are slightly uneven! What an interesting effect!
You can master learning three fun techniques with this one striking scarf—changing yarn colors, knitting on the diagonal, and working with two strands of yarn.
The ribbing of this set is simple to do while yielding an attractive fabric. The scarf is a breeze, worked flat and quickly. The hat uses both circular and double-pointed needles, and you’ll find that learning to use these tools for knitting in the round is much easier than you may think.
If you can knit and purl, you can create this textured set! The Broken Rib pattern stitch makes the fabric look more complex than it is. Even better, bulky yarn makes these toasty accessories finish quickly! The hat is worked flat on straight needles, with the side seams sewn together and the top edge gathered to finish. The scarf is also worked flat, but on circular needles to hold more stitches.
You've got options for making this scarf on straight knitting needles—in a Stockinette Stitch only or with a Garter Stitch border. The keyhole is formed by binding off stitches and using a backward loop cast-on on the next row. The thumb gusset of each mitten is knitted in the round on double-pointed needles. You also learn how to pick up stitches!
This scarf gets its swirling shape from adding yarn overs every fourth row—it’s just that easy! Never tried knitting in the round before? Here’s a hat that’s tops for learning how, and self-striping yarn brightens the Stockinette Stitch fabric on both pieces.
From the stylish slouch hat to the warm mittens, this is a gift set any girl (of any age!) would love to wear. Self-striping yarn adds excitement to the simple fabric. The hat and mittens use knitting in the round on double-point needles, with the additional use of circular needles on the adult sizes, as well as the Child's Medium Hat. The hat is seamless and gathered at the top. The short spiral scarf uses two circular needles to easily accommodate the long rows of stitches.
Your knitting friends will think you worked hard to make this cable-rich purse, but you will know that each cable is only four stitches wide. To assemble the body of the purse, you just pick up stitches on the side and bottom panels. Why not take the time to lean an easy cable and reward yourself with a big, beautiful bag you'll want to take everywhere?
For Kim Haesemeyer, knitting is like breathing--natural and easy. "My goal with each design is to create clear patterns that are easy to read and understand, because knitting time is too precious to be spent agonizing over directions," she says. Kim has designed for yarn manufacturers, and several of her patterns have appeared in popular knitting magazines. To catch up with Kim, visit her blog at BigSkyYarnsAndCrafts.com, and see more of her designs at Ravelry.com, where her user name is KimH.