Great patterns for beginning knitters

I still have the very first thing I ever knit. It’s a light blue scarf in a thick-and-thin acrylic yarn. I can’t bring myself to part with it, despite the fact that I haven’t worn it in years. It’s… close to my heart as a crafter, even though it’s not so cute and doesn’t fit with the style that I’ve developed over the years. (It’s in the back of my closet, and I’m not going to dig it out for a photo right now.)

Luckily for knitters starting out today (as opposed to the dark ages of the last century), there are lots of really cute and accessible patterns out there, and they can be found without delving deep into the bowels of about.com.*

Ready to start knitting? Here are some super cute ideas for someone awesome in your life (like you!).

Cowls! They’re warm, and trendy!

Bandana cowl! Love the kerchief shape on this one!
A classic loop cowl in an interesting pattern!
A super chunky loop. Dramatic! And a quick knit, on big needles.

Super cute hats for adult ladies!

Sharp-looking fan detail! I’ve seen this hat around for a while, definitely love the asymmetrical detail.
Assymetrical contrast spiral. This is my favorite pattern in the new Knitty
Slouchy welted beanie The slouchy hat is not my favorite, but I might make an exception for this one!

Scarves! In case a cowl isn’t quite your thing!

A triangle scarf with buttons! I apologize in advance for the font over there. The pattern is cute, I swear.
A sharp triangle! I do so love the kerchief-scarf crossover.
Diagonal sections show off a self-striping yarn! This pattern is a beginner’s favorite recommended by one of my favorite knitters.

You’ll notice they tend to be knits modeled by women, or somewhat girly. Don’t worry! There are lots of awesome knits out there for the non-girly as well. Explore! And of course, if you need a hand, I’m here to help!

*I haven’t been to About in a long, long time, but it was the bridge that got me from my first project into more adventurous territory. Ah, nostalgia…

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