Learning Big Lessons on Small Projects

One of my favorite ways to teach knitters a new technique is by using a smaller-scale example to practice on.  Quite a few knitters who want to try knitting their first sweater or pair of socks are wary of it because they're not sure how the item is constructed; they are afraid of making a mistake. This is a reasonable fear in the sense that many hours could be spent making something that turns out not quite how you wanted it to.

Snowflake Cozie, Swagger Hat, and Swagger Sweater by Holly Priestley
Mini Stocking by Amy Palmer

Why not practice with a small version instead?

Knitting a smaller, more micro version of an adult-sized project gives you a chance to play with the construction method, try the stitch pattern, or throw in a new technique altogether! The finished mini-projects also serve another purpose after the teaching is done—they can be used as ornaments or decorations, toy clothes, or even a beverage swagger.

The Swagger Sweaters in the latest issue of Knits Gifts are a great place to start if you want to learn a top-down, raglan construction.  Want to try your hand at socks? The Mini Stocking might be a project you want to attempt.

Although there are so many different ways to knit a sweater or a sock, these two little projects will give you a good starting point and will hopefully build your confidence, plump your cutesy decoration collection, use up some of that massive scrap yarn stash, and give you some instant-gratification projects along the way!

Don’t miss this issue or any of the fabulous issues of Interweave Knits available year-round with your subscription!

Happy knitting,

P.S. For great gift ideas for the knitter or crocheter in your life, check out these kits in the Needlework store.

Orenburg Knitted Snowflake Scarf Kit

Like Water for Chocolate Crocheted Afghan Kit