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The Top 5 Knitting Blogs for Beginners

These trendy knitting blogs are your next step... after learning to purl.

Updated September 12, 2019
Knitting Blogs for Beginners

Before even the greatest of knitters moved onto sweaters, cables, short rows, and colorwork, they all had to start with easy knit-and-purl patterns (with maybe a twist here and there) and simple, clean, and lovely finished projects. There's nothing more helpful when you're beginning your knitting journey than having a few go-to websites for patterns and techniques that keep you learning and growing. We live in the greatest era to begin knitting because minimalist designs are trendier now more than ever.

We've gathered our five favorite blogs, in no particular order, to recommend for people who are just getting their feet wet with knitting. These blogs typically offer patterns and techniques for every skill level, but we love that their beginner patterns are clearly-written, attractive-to-the-eye, and extremely accessible. You'll find as you knit along with these wonderful people that your skills are improving more every day, and you'll eventually start perusing some of their more difficult knits!

1. Gina Michele

Gina Michele is truly a jack-of-all-trades in the crafting world, offering delightful blog posts on everything from health and wellness to sewing patterns. Of course, our main focus here is her collection of free knitting patterns. Her knitting patterns really run the gamut when it comes to skill level involved, but you'll find that her patterns offer clear instruction and use easy-to-find yarn. Here are some of our favorite beginner patterns from Gina:

2. Mama in a Stitch

Jessica Potasz is artsy to the max with a serious yarn obsession. That doesn't keep her from designing patterns that everyone can knit, however. For every impressive top and poncho she knits, she has a pattern for a simple scarf and a tutorial to teach even the greenest of knitters a new technique (my favorite is her easy-to-follow cable tutorial; this is actually how I learned to cable). Take a look at our favorite beginner patterns from the great Jessica herself:

3. Knitting With Chopsticks

Hortense Maskens is a relative newcomer in the world of knitting blogging, but she came in like a wrecking ball. Already she has twelve free knitting patterns (and ten free crochet patterns!) with no signs of slowing down. What we love about her knitting patterns is her unique take on structure and her ability to take beginner techniques and create a pattern that looks seriously advanced. We highly recommend her blog to free-spirits who have picked up their first set of needles recently. Here are some of our favorites from her:

4. Very Pink

Staci Perry is renowned in the knitting universe for her collection of knitting tutorials that are clear, concise, and easy-to-follow, as well as her stellar knitting podcast. While she teaches everything from mirror knitting to adding beads to your projects, she also has a full wardrobe of beginner basics, such as the slip knot and the longtail cast on. Staci's free patterns, however, are typically hosted on her Ravelry account, and we highly recommend checking them out. Check out our recommendations from her arsenal of free patterns for beginners:

5. 47 Sheep

Since the beginning of 2018, D Dizon has been posting her own original knitting patterns to her blog, spanning everything from scarves to shawls to purses. While some of her patterns utilize a simple solid yarn and very little extra detail, making them perfect for the absolute newbies, others showcase gorgeous color-changing yarn with incredible texture. We highly recommend any of her patterns once you have the basics down to jump into, but here are some of our favorites for beginners:

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