A friend of mine recently asked me to teach her how to knit. This got me thinking about when I was a beginner knitter. What seemed difficult? Which techniques were confusing? The thing I remember the most clearly is that I could overcome almost any obstacle if I was knitting a piece I really wanted to wear. That’s why I don’t really recommend knitting gifts until you’ve gotten a few projects under your belt. Maybe I am particularly selfish (I hope not), but my best motivator was always looking forward to wearing my new sweater. I trolled through the Berroco pattern library, filtered for “knitting” and “easy,” to come up with a few suggestions for my friend’s first project.
The super fashionable shape of Espenson is also super easy to knit. Knit in one piece and mostly stockinette stitch, the minimal finishing and fun self striping yarn make it great as a first project.
Oriona is the perfect sweater for someone who wants something a little bit different. Stockinette stitch keeps it easy and the shaping is pretty simple. I like that there is no ribbing or added finishing.
Garter stitch is the ultimate in easy since you knit every row and don’t have to purl at all! On top of that I happen to be crazy about the way it looks. Avocet -B is made entirely in garter stitch. There are some seams to sew in the end, but no added finishing. Knitting a garment in pieeces has the advantage of less to rip out when you find that your gauge wasn’t quite on or you goofed 5 rows down.
What did you knit as your first project? Do you think I am crazy to recommend full sweaters to beginners?