PATTERN RELEASE: Tufted Toque!

I’m so excited to announce that I have released my Tufted Toque pattern! It’s been quite the learning curve: writing up the pattern, getting it tech-edited, working with test knitters and learning the ropes of adding the pattern information to Ravelry and Etsy.

So, today’s the day! And here it is! The Tufted Toque pattern is a textured, slightly slouchy hat made with a fun stitch pattern that is made up of a few simple rows of knits and purls. Put them together in the right order and you’ve got this beautifully textured seersucker stitch! Worked in the round on circular needles, this pattern knits up quickly with a gorgeous, pillowy result!

You can buy the pattern for only $6.00 CAD from Ravelry by clicking the little buy now button above. If you prefer to use Etsy, it’s available here.

After working with testers of various levels of knitting skill and experience, I would say that this pattern is perfect for the advanced beginner, or an adventurous beginner. It doesn’t require a lot of specialized stitches, just knits and purls, increasing and decreasing. It’s a great pattern to practice following a pattern and watching the diamond tufts take shape. Even though it is accessible for beginners, my advanced knitters also enjoyed knitting up this pattern.

The pattern is written in 9 sizes, from Newborn to Adult Extra Large (I couldn’t leave out my big-headed husband, could I?), so you can make one for every member of the family and have matching toques for everyone!

Will you please share this cute hat pattern with your knitting friends and followers? Here’s a pin you can share to Pinterest!

Tufted Toque knit beanie pattern. This cute pillowy textured beanie comes in 9 sizes, from newborn to Adult X Large. It's a slightly slouchy beanie knitting pattern, perfect with a large faux fur pompom! Great pattern by #craftevangelist

Learn to Knit

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to learn to knit? Or would you just like to? (How effective are New Year’s resolutions in reality? Knitting can be a great way to relax and focus on something you can do when your world seems overwhelming. Also, you can make beautiful things… eventually. Like any new skill, it takes some time to learn and it takes more time to improve. But there are some great patterns and resources to help you get started. So I’ve collected some great absolute beginner knitting patterns to get you started.

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Often, a knitter’s first project is a dishcloth. Dishcloths make a great first project because it’s small and simple, so it doesn’t take very long before you can cast off and have something you can show your mom and use. Try this Easy Knit Dishcloth Pattern to get your start. You can use these lovely cloths in the kitchen or the bathroom as a luxury face cloth!

If you’re an absolute beginner and have no supplies, a kit is a great way to get started. It means you don’t have to decipher all the information on a pattern and find all the supplies you need. Everything is included in this great Learn to Knit Dishcloths Kit. Try one of these out to get the yarn, pattern, and needles that you need to make it all.

Once you’ve got the hang of that, you can whip up this Homespun Kitchen Set, which adds some simple details. The pattern includes instructions for both a dishcloth and a towel, as well as the i-cord detail to use to hang the cloths up.

Another simple first project is a knitted scarf. This classic knit scarf pattern is in pdf format with links to videos for additional tips to make this easy knit scarf, perfect for men, women or children!

If you’d like to try a snood, which is a circular cowl or infinity scarf, you can get a Chunky Snood Knitting Kit, with the option of having needles included if you don’t already have them. This kit includes a How to Knit manual, which will review all the basics of knitting, including how to cast on, cast off, knit, purl and sew. The yarn is chunky and the needles are 9 mm, which means that it’s a project that will work up quickly due to the large yarn and needles. Kits also make great gift ideas for someone who would like to learn to knit!

Another easy garment idea is a knit shawl. This one is definitely more delicate and will absolutely be a great project if you have a lot of time to sit and wait, so it’s perfect for travelling or taking on the go while you wait to pick up kids from school or activities. So, if you’re loving knitting and want a bigger project that is still simple that you can work on, this is definitely for you. It’s designed with fingering or sock yarn in mind, but it’s a pretty flexible pattern, so you could use just about any yarn that you have on hand.

Another fun project for beginners is a knit blanket. And if you think it’s going to take forever, you’re wrong! You just need some super bulky yarn! Learn to knit this super chunky throw with 40 mm needles and you’ll have a luxurious lap blanket in no time! And I keep seeing more and more jumbo yarn options at Michael’s, so it’s getting easier and easier to find the supplies to make these blankets.

Of course, you can also find kits for these chunky blankets as well. I love the look of this natural wool chunky knit blanket. The kit includes 25 mm birch circular knitting needles, which are perfect for blankets! The kit includes 16 balls of wool to make a 46″ x 65″ throw blanket. And don’t you just love those giant tassels on the bottom? LOVE!

Once you’ve got the basics of knitting, you can make this simple knit hat! The Chunky PNW Beanie Kit contains lovely soft merino wool in your choice of 6 colours, the faux fur pompom, as well as the pattern to make this gorgeous, trendy knit hat.

And really, a cute textured knit hat like this one is just a slightly different combination of knits and purls, so this stylish beanie pattern is not too far off for you, even if you’re just starting to knit! The Linden Hat is a super chunky knit hat pattern knits up quickly and is perfect to grab on a cold winter day to keep your ears warm!

And believe it or not, YOU COULD KNIT YOURSELF A SWEATER! That’s right! This Simple Knit Sweater Pattern is an adult-sized knit sweater pattern that can be worked up in a weekend and is so very easy! It’s made using only a few rectangles, some seaming and squishy yarn! It’s a great project for those still new to knitting!

I hope you’ve found a pattern here that can get you started into the great craft of knitting. It’s something I truly enjoy. Pick up one of these patterns today or pin these great ideas for later.

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Beginner knitting pattern for this easy knit dishcloth. Learn to knit with this easy knit dishcloth pattern. #knitting #beginnerknittingpattern #easyknittingpattern #knitting #pattern #craftevangelist
Learn to Knit Dishcloths with this beginner knitting kit! Perfect easy knitting pattern and everything you need to start knitting dishcloths! Love the selection of colours, too! #knittingkit #easyknittingkit #easyknittingpattern #beginnerknittingpattern #beginnerknittingkit #craftevangelist
Homespun Kitchen Set beginner knitting pattern. Perfect pattern to start learning to knit! Love these gorgeous simple knit dishcloths! #beginnerknittingpattern #beginnerknits #easyknittingpattern #easyknits #knitdishcloths #craftevangelist
Easy scarf knitting pattern for a beginner knitter! Love this simple pattern with video tips. Perfect first project to learn to knit! #knittingpattern #easyknittingpattern #beginnerknittingpattern #craftevangelist
Beginner Knitting Kit for this stylish chunky knit cowl. A snood is just a fancy name for an infinity scarf. This kit comes with everything you need to learn to knit! #easyknittingpattern #beginnerknittingkit #knittingkit #beginnerknits #craftevangelist
Gorgeous simple knitting pattern for this triangle shawl beginner knitting pattern. Easy knitting pattern perfect to learn to knit! #easyknittingpattern #beginnerknittingpattern #beginnerknits #learntoknit #craftevangelist
Giant chunky knit throw beginner knitting pattern, perfect easy blanket to learn to knit for a new knitter! Love the luxurious look of this blanket knit with super chunky yarn. #beginnerknittingpatterns #beginnerknits #knitblanketpattern #easyknittingpattern #easyknits #learntoknit #craftevangelist
Gorgeous chunky knit blanket kit, perfect for beginner knitters! Everything you need to knit this luxurious trendy throw in one kit! Love this easy stylish knit afghan pattern! #knittingpattern #knittingkit #beginnerknits #knitkit #easyblanketpattern #craftevangelist
This Chunky Beanie knitting kit is perfect for beginners with chunky luxuriously soft merino wool and a gorgeous faux fur pompom makes a perfect easy knitting project for new knitters! #knittingkit #beginnerknittingkit #beginnerknits #easyknittingpattern #easyknithat #craftevangelist
Gorgeous textured chunky beginner knitting pattern for this trendy beanie! Love the simple pattern, perfect easy pattern for new knitters! Can't wait to make one of these... they work up so quickly! #quicknits #knittingpattern #knitbeaniepattern #easyknittingpattern #beginnerknits #beginnerknittinpattern #knittoquepattern #craftevangelist
Super easy simple knit sweater pattern, perfect for beginner knitters! Chunky knit sweater knits up quickly. Perfect first sweater pattern for new knitters! #knitsweater #easyknits #easyknittingpattern #beginnerknittingpattern #easyknitsweaterpattern #craftevangelist