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« on: October 10, 2005 12:20:01 PM »

Okay, so the only things I've ever knitted before are scarves, but I want to move up to something different and a little more challenging.  Thing is, every thing I look into doing just looks so difficult and, well, scary.   Tongue  I want to improve my knitting, not get frustrated into quitting!

So, ideas for a sort of a stepping stone project I can do to ease myself into more difficult knitting projects?
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« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2005 12:30:01 PM »

If you've got Stitch and Bitch (the first book), you could always do an umbilical cord hat.  They're super easy, and you get valuable circular, joining and double pointed needle experience.  And you can always donate the finished product to a hospital for newborns... just make sure you use supersoft acrylic yarn so it can be machine washed easily, and won't irritate the baby's head. 

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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2005 11:07:17 AM »

Heh...it took me forever to move past flat knitting so I can suggest things like the fraggle rock hat somewhere around Craftster.  Try doing a search (maybe "beginner knit projects") here too.  I can't remember what my search terms were but when I was new I found a lot of great suggestions here.  I even found a thread (of course I can't find it now) that had a list of suggested projects and what skills you would learn from them.

In general, I would say look for patterns for hats, bags, arm or legwarmers...they're all good little projects where you can learn new skills and not be committed too long to one project.

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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2005 02:08:55 AM »

Another easy project you could do is the devilish shrug here on craftster. It is basically a couple  rectangles that require some sewing but with very cool results.

The fraggle hat is also a good idea. In fact it  is the hat I'm wearing in my avatar picture. That pattern can be found on marniemaclean.com.
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2005 02:41:15 AM »

for new knitters i definately agree with the shrug idea.... (that devilish shrug was mine Baigneuse was reffering to so you can ask for help anytime) other then that fun hats with pigtails are definately good (fraggle rock hat) or different bags are fun and easy... arm warmers are a must knit... ive knit many easy yet fun things so if you want to have a look at my site for ideas go for it.. and ask any questions.. it doesnt have to be hard to look good ...  Smiley oh link for site is in signature
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2005 06:08:48 AM »

My first non-scarf project was a felted cloche hat...very easy to knit using bigger needles, and any mistakes I made were felted away.  I definately recommend some felting because if you make any mistakes, the end result doesn't suffer!
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