Whether you’re a true newbie or a long-time intro-level knitter wanting to expand your skills, the advice and patterns found below will help you go from garter stitch rectangles to knitting your first cables, your first colorwork, and even your first sweater. We’ll be adding to this page over time, so bookmark it and check back often. And please, share it with your friends!
• How to learn to knit
5 ways to get started knitting
• Best advice for new knitters
10 valuable tips for beginning knitters (plus readers’ advice)
• Getting beyond garter stitch
How to gradually build your knitting skills
• The knitter’s basic tool kit
Some knitting notions to get you started
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• Cable patterns for first-timers
How to get started knitting cables — crazy easy and yet so rewarding
• Colorwork patterns for first-timers
A few basic tips, plus patterns to get you started
• Pullovers for first-timers
An introduction to sweater construction, plus some excellent sweater patterns to start with
• Cardigans for first-timers
A look at various button-band approaches, with suggested patterns for each type
• How to improvise a top-down sweater
An introduction to the top-down sweater method, which will give you a better understanding of how sweaters work — and enable you to knit your own without a pattern
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Patterns pictured above: TOP LEFT is Lion Brand’s Cable Scarf, a free pattern featured in Cable patterns for first-timers; MIDDLE RIGHT is Dessau Cowl by Carrie Bostick Hoge / Madder, featured in Colorwork patterns for first-timers; BOTTOM LEFT is the Sweatshirt Sweater, a free pattern from the Purl Bee, featured in Pullovers for first-timers