Are you looking for a new knitting project?
One that you can start as a beginner knitter or something that will help you to advance your skills?
Knitting is an amazing way for you to relax, and even though it has been around for hundreds of years, the techniques of the craft keep growing with more and more people picking up the needles.
Learning how to knit might not be at the top of your to-do list, but it should be.
Knitting is no longer seen as a hobby that grandma's do when they babysit their grandkids (like my own gran used to do!) but it has a wide variety of benefits to your health.
Once you get into it, knitting can be very relaxing - likened to meditation, simple knitting projects use the same few stitches repeatedly, so you can zone out and chill, whilst creating.
Knitting can also help you if you have high-stress levels, anxiety and/or depression.
When you sit down to knit, it can reduce your heart rate and lower your blood pressure, so when you feel anxious or the depression cloud taking over you, it can help to reduce the symptoms.
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The patterns in this post are just a small taste of what you can create with your knitting skills, if you want to see a wider range of projects, take a look at my knitting pattern library, with patterns for women, men, baby, kids, pets and the home.
In this free knitting pattern roundup, you will see some classic techniques used in the projects below.
If you are a beginner, practice your skills by making simple knit hats or a cowl, or get creative with more advanced patterns, like the frozen Elsa doll or the knitted bird.
The patterns below will walk you through - step by step from beginning to end, so grab your needles and get started!
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Knitted Dog Toy Pattern
Treat your dog to a knitted toy for hours of fun and enjoy the easy, knitting pattern by KrisKnits.
Make one or many in an array of colours, making sure to tie in any loose ends carefully - if you pet is anything like mine, he would find a weakness somewhere and pull it out!
Knitted Sassenach Cowl Pattern
If like me you love the TV show Outlander, you can make yourself a Sassenach cowl like Claire's with this pattern from Kristen Brooks on Ravelry.
This free scarf knitting pattern is a great easy, beginner's project.
Free Knitted Bobble Hat Pattern
Try this easy, beginner project, make an adult knitted hat with this free pattern from Lion Brand Yarn Company, where one size fits all!
The hat is knit flat on straight needles and then seamed when complete.
If knitting in the round is more your thing, you can easily adapt the pattern to knit on your favourite circulars.
Frozen Elsa Doll Knitting Pattern
Knit this Elsa from Frozen dolly with an intermediate, knitting pattern by Raynor Gellatly.
If you have any Frozen fans in the family, this knitted doll will be an awesome gift.
This pattern is for the more intermediate knitters and uses lots of shaping for the required body parts and clothes.
Blue Tit Bird Knitting Pattern
Knit something different, with this amazing blue tit bird intermediate knitting pattern designed by Lesley Stanfield and available from Lion Brand Yarns.
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What are you making this week?
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