Knitting Beauty and Joy.Simple Knitting without Patterns.Knit fringed Scarves, Ponchos!

Soft and Chunky Knitwear

Black Poncho
Black Poncho
Warm scarves showing pocket for phone or credit card or what have you
Warm scarves showing pocket for phone or credit card or what have you
Chunky scarves
Chunky scarves
Silky poncho
Silky poncho
Soft Scarf
Soft Scarf
All the neutral beiges
All the neutral beiges
Vogue Knitting Magazine.
Vogue Knitting Magazine.
Orange child's poncho
Orange child's poncho
Matching purse
Matching purse
Fun purse knitted from rags!
Fun purse knitted from rags!

Simple and Big

Knitting has always one of the things I have been able to do. My Grandma taught me to knit almost as soon as I could walk. Almost since I could walk I have searched for instant gratification. The knitting that my Grandma did was not conducive of that. She had thin metal needles and tiny things called cable pins that slid away in the blink of an eye, Patterns that even with 20/20 vision, you needed glasses to read. After knitting a beautiful Arran Sweater that took me countless weeks to knit with much counting I might add I decided to quit. Now many people know the Aran fisherman's sweater is designed so that family members can tell who the drowned fisherman belonged to just by the complication of the pattern. Blackberry stitch, a small complicated knot, Tree of heaven, a trellis pattern and various cable stitches employing the for mentioned cable pin, can be arranged in countless ways and each family on the Island of Arran off the Irish coast had its own design for this practical reason. Well I didn't have any desire to go fishing in the angry waters off the Irish coast so I decided that in future I would keep it simple. The Arran sweater was gorgeous but even though I wore it til it just about fell apart, I couldn't bring myself to start anything else demanding cable pins.

Years passed by and I amused myself by keeping sheep and learning to spin soft and beautiful yarns. Eventually the feeling passed and after the untimely death of one of my ewes, attacked by a fox I decided to look at yarns available to buy and give up growing my own. I was amazed by the variety and "feel" of the new yarns, sad to say they were mainly artificial fibers but the colors and variety were endless. The yarns that I spun myself were unique and sometimes lumpy (This is a natural feature of this garment and not considered a flaw, we are all familiar with this tag on a, usually expensive garment) well I made myself simple ponchos that I have worn for many years that I made in a very simple way.

The first necessity is a pair of very large knitting needles, they are available at Shops like Hobby Lobby, Walmart, Michaels and Joanne's. The size I use is 15 mm, quite large. Incidentally, I take my knitting everywhere with me and I have never been stopped at airport security. In fact I have taught several people to knit on the airplane. With such thick needles, it is important to have fairly thick thread unless you wish to achieve a lacy effect. To this end, I use double thread, Usually a more expensive or decorative thread with a plain toning thread as a "carrier" . Start by making a plain scarf casting on about 12 stitches and working in plain knit stitch. You will find that the work grows very quickly and a long scarf using two balls of fancy yarn and two balls of plain carrier yarn can be very completed. I usually make a fringe by wrapping both yarns around a CD case and cutting through one side. Take 5 pieces of wool and a crochet hook to pull the loop of yarn through the end of the scarf to make a fringe, repeat until you have a nice thick fringe. Sometimes I add a toning ribbon to the fringe for interest

To make a Poncho, the same rules apply. Thick needles and thick thread or double thread. It takes approximately 1 pound of yarn in total, this can be a mix of any type like Fun Fur, Kiss or any other novelty yarn with equal amounts of plain carrier yarn. It is worked totally in plain knitting. First cast on one stitch, knit it and cast on another. Knit back the two stitches and cast on another. Carry on in this fashion until you have a large triangle approximately two feet six inches deep. At this point you need to cast off enough stitches to make a hole for your head. In the next row you need to cast on the stitches that you cast off to make the other side of the neck hole. Once you have a complete neck hole carry on plain knitting to make the back of the poncho but decrease on the way down in each row until you are back to one stitch. Once the poncho is complete, it looks great with a deep fringe all the way around,use a DVD case to cut the fringe. Shake the completed poncho to smooth out the fringe and its done.

Another easy garment is a shrug. This is purely a wide scarf that is a little longer as from shoulder to shoulder just sewn together at the end to make a small cuff about six inches long at each end.

If you can't knit, there are many tutorials on YouTube. The throw method is perhaps the easiest to learn, seasoned knitters may like to try continental knitting which has far less movement. This is an easy tutorial
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuRLFl36tDY

Knitting with big needles is fun and you can experiment with tote bag,scarves, ponchos and even skirts. The list is endless. The best thing is that the results are fast and fun. I hope the instructions are easy to follow. Leave me a comment if you hit any snags. There are many knitting magazines to tempt you to take up the needles, one of my favorites is "Knit 1" the vogue knitting magazine. But be warned, you may be tempted to buy cable pins! I hope you are tempted to try knitting if you are not already addicted. Personally I find it very relaxing. There are also many Knitting groups like Knit and Bitch which meet regularly for a Knit in. You can also subscribe to on line knitting e mail newsletters. The newsletter from Lion Brand Yarns is a good one and is totally free. A little inspiration helps from time to time, Your local yarn shop will probably know of any knitting clubs in your neck of the woods. it has been quoted that free style knitting is more inspiring than following a pattern. I fully agree.

There is a great forum for knitters called Knitting Paradise, check it out! there are so many resources for knitters on the web, free patterns and inspirational pictures abound. Enjoy!


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sheenarobins 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I don't know how to knit, Gypsy but I crochet bags for my own pleasure. Like you, I have learned from a Grandma how to do it. My own Grandma asked me to crochet two bags which she uses for special occasion after I gave her one as a birthday gift.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Sheena, Knitting is very easy if you are right handed. Get a friend or your Grandma to show you. I cannot stand the slow growth on small needles, hence my hub. I do crochet too but I use two hands which I know is incorrect. You'll have to show me! Thanks for the comment.


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DoodleLyn 7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

Gypsy - I love the neutral shade shawl! Thanks for commenting on my hub on knitting. I had fun with it. Sounds like you like knitting as much as I do. I just started a Prayer Shawl Ministry at my church.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi DoodleLyn, Yes I love knitting I find it so relaxing What is a Prayer Shawl Ministry? Thanks for the comment


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DoodleLyn 7 years ago from Upstate New York, USA

I think I'll write a hub about it! It's a group of knitters that meet to crochet or knit shawls to give to people who are ill, grieving, etc. I WILL write a hub. Watch for it!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Well done. I'll look out fo i!


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Jen's Solitude 7 years ago from Delaware

Hi Gypsy Willow,

I want to knit to help release stress, I learned when I was young, but now can't recall the basics. I found a youtube video only to discover I have yarn but no needles. LOL I can't win for losing. My sister knits a lot and said she would give me needles, I'm still waiting so think I'd better get some on my own. Anyway, nice hub, it reminded me I still need the needles. (smile)


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Get those needles and get going! As you see I always use big ones, so saisfying. Good luck with the knitting. Let me know how you get on. All the best!


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

I am knitting a beautiful little jumper for a lovely baby boy.... hope it gets finished before he grows out of it.... enjoyed the hub


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for stopping by, Brenda, Lucky little boy. Knitting is so rewarding for every one involved.


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ChrissyDean 7 years ago

These are interesting yarn choices and a few ideas I had not thought of. Thank you for this!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Chrissy glad you picked up some new ideas. I used to spin my own yarn until I discovered these modern interesting yarns. Happy knitting!


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ugina 6 years ago from Bhutan

hi Gypsy,

you have many interesting hubs. I like your knitting hub although i can't knit, i would like to learn it someday. Keep up the good work, very enjoyable hubs.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks ugina. Knitting is very easy it would be good if you could find someone to teach you this simple pleasure.


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Ella'Stuff 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thanks for this hug, Gypsy!

I now know how to get to work making a poncho! I love the fringes on yours, so will take your instructions to add fringes to a lot of my scarves, and definitely on the first poncho I make.

I can hardly wait to get started... I hope I can finish up these 3 sweaters soon, so I can get to work with the help of your hub!

Keep hubbing!

Ella


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Ella, wow I hope you enjoy making your poncho. I love the craft and winter is not complete without something on the go. Have fun and thanks for stopping by!


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Loved the knitting bag:o I find knitting both, relaxing and challenging. Knitting gives us, such a great feeling of accomplishment...for time well spent! I agree with you the bigger needles, help in making for fast yet awesome projects:) I think of those larger knitting needles, everytime I start knitting a scarf with the small needles? Thanks for stopping by, always good to meet another knitter!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi heart4theword, thanks for your comment. I am currently making a poncho on big needles. Very satisfying. Glad to met a fellow knitter!


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Did you write this hub just for me? :) I want to learn to knit so much. And now that I have read your marvelous hub on knitting I am so inspired to get started. These instructions are so good. And the photos are amazing. Thank you a thousand times. Rated up and awesome. :) vocalcoach


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi VC I wished we lived near each other and i would get you started in a trice!. It is so easy and I never use anything but plain knitting. Do find someone to get you started. There is nothing like it for a calming evening. I often knit on road trips and with the big needles it is easy and the work grows quickly. Do let me know how you get on!


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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks Mark. I did knit an Aran jumper once but it took me so long, what with cable pins and counting stitches, I now do simple stuff and enjoy it much more!


karenshotz 2 years ago

your knits are beautiful, Do you have patterns for them? I would be interested.

Karen


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Gypsy Willow 2 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

No I don't have patterns sorry. The knits are so simple they are designed not to. If you read the text it tells you how to make them. I hope you can figure them out. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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