If you are looking for your first knitting project and the traditional scarf or dolls’ house rug aren’t doing it for you, why not try out one of these first knits?
Knitted Felt Wool Coaster
To make mine, I knitted a felting wool square in stocking stitch – I tried out the “Wash+Filz-it!” yarn as it was in my local shop. You will need to knit the square bigger than you want your final coaster to be as it will shrink by 30-40% in the wash. Once you have made your square, pop it in the washing machine and wash and dry as instructed on the wool label. The wash cycle (I used a 40 degree programme) encourages the yarn to mat together so you get a felt effect. You can then cut your knitted fabric into your chosen shape and the edges shouldn’t fray.
Another idea to try is a knitted clutch bag – as soon as my daughter learnt to knit she made this one from a garter stitched knitted rectangle 38cm (15 inches) x 23cm (9 inches). A colourful button can sewn on and carefully pushed through the knitted fabric as a fastener.
Or how about a knitted pet?
This was made from two rainbow yarn garter stitch squares sewn together and stuffed with some toy filling to make a small pillow. The features were added with felt, wool and buttons.
What was your ‘first knit’? Do you have any ideas to share?