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.
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!
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