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mixie
« on: August 23, 2005 06:18:53 AM »

I'm going to be teaching some beginners knitting classes in my home and need a project idea that can be completed in 2-1 hour lessons. I'm thinking maybe a small clutch? Any other ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2005 07:38:01 AM »

How about cell phone cozies? 

Here's a couple examples:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=44044.0

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2005 08:03:02 AM »

wristbands? thats what I've started people off on - at its simplest just a rectangle in garter stitch with the two shortest ends sewn together. Its fast and easy with that I actually made something buzz for motivation Smiley
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mixie
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2005 08:32:55 AM »

Its fast and easy with that I actually made something buzz for motivation Smiley

That's exactly what I'm looking for here! Thanks, great idea.
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mixie
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2005 08:39:16 AM »

How about cell phone cozies?

Excellent idea! Lots of folks have cell phones these days!

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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2005 06:38:57 PM »

wrist warmers/fingerless gloves! Most people do them in the round (and when I teach people to knit in the round, I usually have them do these, a la knitty's broadstreet wrist warmers. But for super beginners, just have them knit a rectangle, and sew up the seam except for a thumbhole an inch below the top. A clutch is also a great idea.
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2005 06:51:13 PM »

my first project was a headband. just like a wristband, but longer.
i've made several since because they are such a quick project.
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heide
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2005 12:20:44 PM »

I love all the suggestions so far...  I was thinking wristlets too, but a couple of you already beat me to it!  Smiley  Another possibility is a washcloth, but not a boring one...  My favorite so far is one I did using the Irish Hiking Scarf pattern, and I just made it about 8 repeats long so it would be a little square instead of a whole scarf.  Plus it has cables in it and is very easy, so you could get people knitting cables before they ever get a chance to be afraid of them!
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mixie
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2005 05:00:19 AM »

I love the wristband & headband ideas! Very cool. The dishcloth might be a neat project for the SAHM and older crowd, too.

This thread is giving me some GREAT Xmas ideas, too!

Denise
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annarella
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2005 05:17:19 AM »

How about a simple stockinette st hat with rolling brim? Can be done straight and seam the sides, or in the round with circulars and/or dpns. If it's too lenghty you could always do it in a baby's size. HTH Smiley
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mixie
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2005 05:21:47 AM »

That would be a cool idea, too, but I'm trying to reserve all my hat knitting for the chemo caps my knitting group are doing. We're getting pretty busy with finding folks to donate too and finding yarn donations. It's becoming a LOT of fun, though! I just casted on a hat last night in paton's mosaic yarn, it's soooo soft and fun. Can't wait to see how it turns out!
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annarella
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2005 05:25:15 AM »

Another idea would be belts... the funkier the better...
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« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2005 05:27:46 AM »

Ooooh Belts!!! I looove that idea. I think I'm going to go make one right now!
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caolml
« Reply #13 on: August 25, 2005 08:51:11 AM »

Baby bibs are also super easy and good practice as you can pretty much use any stitch.

Here's a pattern....
http://www.knitlist.com/2003/babybib.htm
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annarella
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2005 02:54:22 AM »

Baby bibs are also super easy and good practice as you can pretty much use any stitch.

Here's a pattern....
http://www.knitlist.com/2003/babybib.htm

Great pattern, have saved it for my not-yet-born nephew. Cheers xx
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« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2005 10:30:11 AM »

This was my first knitting project.  I actually didn't even make a swatch. 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4733.0

You know, if someone had told me I was crazy to knit anything but a rectangle for my first project BEFORE I didn't it, I probably would have believed them.  But they didn't, and I didn't know, so there ya go. 
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