10 Interesting Things to Knit When You're Bored
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It's not hard to get stuck in a knitting rut. Maybe you've been knitting so much lately that nothing really feels special or attention-grabbing anymore. Maybe you're stuck at home and you're in need of something truly entertaining to knit or you'll just go crazy from the monotony. The knitting community is truly one of the most clever out there, and the types of patterns that you can find never fail to surprise me. I truly believe that if you're ever bored of knitting, it's because you haven't spent enough time looking at patterns. That's why I'm here to help.
A problem that a lot of knitters have is defaulting too much to knitting wearables—after all, when people think of knitting, they typically think of scarves and sweaters. It's truly amazing the variety of knitting patterns that you can find, including everything from tea cozies to stuffed animals. Some of the most bizarre patterns are the most fun to create! Check out the funny, interesting, or unique knitting patterns below to bust your boredom.
A Baby Hat With a Twist
An easy way to get out of your knitting rut is to take something normal and put a unique spin on it. You've probably knit a bunch of baby hats by now, but how many of them have had a pair of headphones attached? Just imagine the newest baby in your family or circle of friends and how adorable they would look rocking a pair of knitted Boses.
Looking for more ways to spice up your knitting a bit? Check out Escaping a Knitting Rut: 15 Knitting Inspiration Ideas
A Set of Circular Dishcloths
If you're looking to knit something that you'll actually use, but you might just go nuts if you knit another standard dishcloth, try knitting a circular one! You'll find that this pattern is weirdly addictive, so if you're up to knitting an entire set, pick a color scheme and knit one in each color for your kitchen.
A Slip Stitch Colorwork Project
There are some styles of knitting that you just can't put down. Slip stitch colorwork has been, for me, one of those styles; it's just so entertaining to see the color pattern develop before your eyes, and you think, "Just ONE more row and I'll be able to see how this next part looks!" Those kinds of patterns are exactly what you need when you're bored.
A Yoga Mat Strap
If you're truly becoming a bit bored of knitting, maybe it's time to pick up a new hobby. I'm not saying stop knitting (heaven forbid!), but break up your knitting sessions with another healthy habit. I've taken to using my elliptical and doing some yoga at home, because it's a nice, low-pressure way to better myself and diversify my day. Of course, it wouldn't be a fun new hobby if you couldn't knit for it!
You wouldn't believe how good knitting is for your body and soul! Take a look at The Health Benefits of Knitting
A Roll of Toilet Paper
Never run out of toilet paper again! In all seriousness, sometimes you just need to let loose and stop taking your knitting so seriously. Nobody doubts that you can knit the finest and most intricate of lace shawls, but the knitters who are truly having the most fun are the ones who challenge themselves to knit complicated and beautiful patterns, but also allow themselves to have fun and knit something goofy... like knit toilet paper. Talk about a conversation piece!
A Unique Cord Holder
I'll be honest: I didn't even know that cord holders were a thing until I saw this pattern. That said, trinkets like these are not only useful but beautiful, so this pattern can keep your headphones from tangling while also making for some stunning decor in your living room or office. The best part is that you can knit some for your friends, and there's no feeling like knitting for other people.
A Cool Pair of Fingerless Mitts
If you're bored, maybe it's because you aren't challenging yourself enough. Sometimes I choose to knit simple patterns because, for instance, I'm working with a lot of colors or variegated yarn and I don't want my finished project to look too "busy." However, in cases like that, I'm not learning anything new—just knitting something pretty. Take the time to really test your knitting chops with patterns like this and you won't be bored... but maybe you'll be a little frustrated.
Not sure what kind of patterns you can pull off? I think you can knit anything you set your mind to, but if you're looking for a jumping-off point, check out Knitting Skill Levels Demystified
A Bobble Sheep Pillow
I'm obsessed with this pattern and I'll share it wherever I get the chance. Not only is this the perfect sort of pattern for when you're stuck at home (why not knit something you'll use inside your actual home?) but it's also just too stinkin' cute. I especially love having this pillow out on display during the springtime, and your family is sure to love it, too.
A Giant Lemon
Don't let anyone ever tell you that knitting a giant lemon pillow is a waste of time. How you use your time, energy, and yarn stash is completely up to you, and if you think knitting a giant lemon would be a fun way to de-stress and get creative, then knit the dang lemon! I love getting goofy with my knitting, and it's exactly that kind of thing that just gets the serotonin going.
A Cowl For Your Dog
When the only reason you get out of the house anymore is to walk your dog, why not do it in a stylish way? Be warned that some pooches don't take too kindly to knit dog sweaters and accessories, so this pattern may not be worth your time, but if Spot is particularly tolerant (or, better, actually likes wearing clothes!) then this is a great way to knit something useful, stylish, and ridiculously cute.
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