As I mentioned in a previous post, I decided to pick up knitting needles / crochet hooks again when I happened across a delightful wool that I simply couldn’t resist.
There were in fact two that I couldn’t make up my mind which I wanted so I ended up buying both with some vague ideas of the possibilities.
Chunky Wool Patterns
Having bought the wool and not being too sure what to do with it, I decided to look up patterns to knit or crochet for chunky wool and more specifically for the actual brand itself.
On the band around the wool some brands include an actual pattern while others include a picture of what a finished item would look like. There is also normally information about the wool and the size needles / hook that would be best and also some other useful information pertaining to the wool.
On this occasion there was a picture of a finished jersey as well as knitting needle and gauge guide both of which were very useful.
I also went onto the King Cole website which was very informative despite the wool being a fairly out dated one.and found that they had a huge variety of patterns for the wool I’d purchased, as well as their other chunky ranges.
Having all the information needed regarding what needles to use really helped and I was easily able to find these online. Unfortunately the store I bought the wool in didn’t stock the size I needed but they did stock many others.
Having googled around I found the best value for money on Amazon and ended up buying a set of different sizes just in case. I was very pleased with the quick delivery ( I couldn’t wait to get started by now) and the quality.
Unfortunately there wasn’t a specific pattern that took my fancy and so the hunt for the right pattern started. I had decided that I didn’t want to do the usual hat and scarf and I definitely didn’t feel up to trying to do a jersey. I decided that a shawl or poncho would be the better option and started off looking at pattern ideas by just Googling.
Chunky Wool Knitting Patterns – for free
I simply Googled the above and found plenty of patterns available. Most of them were pictures that took me to Pinterest where I found even more ideas. I must have spent days looking until I found the one that I’m working on at the moment.
During my search I found a host of websites offering all sorts of inspiration and tutorials which have been a great help along the way.
The pattern I chose used a ribbing pattern that I hadn’t come across before and also made use of a lace stitch and some cabling, neither of which I’d done before.
Free Knitting Stitches Instructions
Luckily for me there is a wealth of instructions covering numerous stitches so you should be able to learn just about anything if you’re prepared to do a couple of searches.
I found written instructions with superb pictures as well as a variety of very useful YouTube videos to help me along.
I would highly recommend finding that dream pattern and don’t be put off if you think it’s too complicated. Just break the pattern down into bits and learn each of those with the use of tutorials that can be found everywhere.
Once you’ve learned the techniques the pattern itself should be easy to do.
Knitting Pattern Help
I have found that sometimes I simply don’t understand what the instructions. At first I thought it was just me but having gone back to the website I noticed that there were a few people that were stuck and to my utter amazement and delight, the pattern creator and a few people that had managed to figure it out themselves, were only too happy to help. They gave step by step instructions and even created videos to help each other. It was really great to sit and chat to people all over the world battling with something similar and then being able to celebrate with each other once we’d figured it out with all the help that had been offered.
What’s next ….?
I’m not too sure what my next project will be or even if it will be knitting, crochet or felting.
I’ve recently bought a few knitting and crochet magazines that had the cutest things to knit which I may try next. I found the little bird stitch markers really irresistible and I love bird watching too.
I have signed up to quite a few newsletters where I get the most delightful inspiration from. They have amazing patterns and deals on wools and some even sell a variety of knitting kits which is really great.
If you have no idea where to start with a project I’d definitely recommend signing up to a newsletter or magazine subscription and learning that way.
If you have any patterns you would like me to try or if you’d like some advice please don’t hesitate to ask.
Enjoy your day xxx