Ideas for a first project

Thanks again to everyone for your help and support as I was first picking up needles and yarn. Slowly but surely, I've figured out casting on and the knit stitch, and purling is slowly coming along as well. Although, on this practice swatch I currently have, I cast on ten stitches, then after a few rows of knitting, discovered I had 13 stitches on the needle, then after the first row of purling, was back down to ten again. I'm not entirely sure how that happened, but I figure the kinks will work themselves out with more practice.

Anyway, was looking to see if anyone had suggestions as to a first project for a new knitter, as I almost feel comfortable calling myself that now, or as to where you all look for inspiration for your projects.

Thanks again for all your help!

MMario's picture

Dishcloths, facecloths, washcloths (whatever you want to call them) are great small projects. They exist in myriads of different patterns; and can help you practice just about any technique you want. ggogle google them and you can find loads of various knit/purl patterns, or ribbed, or cables, or lace, or mitered; even entrelac and modular versions.

or make you "washcloth" longer and it becomes a scarf!

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Asbjörn's picture

I'm all for dishcloths etc. I started with a basic scarf but I do recommend dishcloths since they are small, relatively quick, inexpensive to make, and come in such a huge variety of stitches/patterns. There are even lace and cable dishcloths There are over 300 discloth patterns (all free of charge) here The novelty for knitting dishcloths still hasn't worn off for me, I love them.


ksmarguy's picture

After I felt comfortable with the cast on and knit and purl, I did a basic ribbed scarf that was on the Lionbrand website. It was challenging enough being new to keep me interested, but easy enough that I did not become frustrated. It also really helped me practice my purling and in switching from knit to purl in the same row. Here is the link to the pattern, it is a free one. Good luck on whatever you pick out!

I am thinking that when you switch between knitting and purling (if you are combining the stitches when you knit - such as K2 P1 K2 P1...or somehow with your pattern), you may be taking the yarn and doing a yarnover the needle (which is actually an increase stitch you may use some other time) versus taking the yarn under the needle to the back or front of the project). Hard to describe but watch yourself carefully and you will see what I mean (hopefully). I know when I was not paying attention...I would do this.