Hi Bronte, I hope you're ok! Would you mind recommending some knitting patterns and things for a beginner? I've recently taught myself to knit and have made some simple things like a scarf and a bag, and now I'm making some socks. I would love to be able to make beautiful jumpers and shawls like you do but don't really know where to start! How do you choose a pattern and yarn for your projects? Thanks a lot! :)
Hi there! Oh my gosh I’m so sorry it’s taken me a million years to answer this! I’ve been so busy and I wanted to set aside time to answer this properly for you, because I wanted to give you good advice!
Okay! I personally think if you can make socks (i’m guessing on 4 double pointed needles?) you’re not a beginner anymore! Socks can be tricky, and because you’re knitting in the round, increasing and decreasing, you have all the skills you need to make a jumper!
There are some excellent beginner patterns from Quince & Co., an American yarn we sell at Loop. The Agnes sweater is particularly good for beginners, because it’s in lovely chunky yarn so it grows fast! It also has a great construction; you do the whole thing in the round so there are no seams!
That’s the pattern! We sell them at work as a PDFs so if you got one we would email it to you! I’ve made that jumper and I love mine so much, I’m going to make another one (one day, I have so many other things planned!) The yarn the pattern uses is quite expensive, but you can substitute it with this, which is way cheaper and still makes a lovely squishy jumper:
As for shawls this one is a great one, again I’ve made this and it’s nice and easy for a first shawl:
It’s in an aran weight yarn, so quite heavy, but you could totally substitute it with something else. The amazing thing about shawls is that, because they aren’t fitted, you can use any weight of yarn you like, with the correct needles. So if you used a heavier weight of yarn that what the pattern says, it would come out bigger, and if you used a lighter weight of yarn it would be smaller!
As for how I choose… Well I spend a lot of time at work squishing yarn (I love restocking shelves because I get to play with colour) and I see lots of patterns and other peoples projects so I’m constantly getting inspiration. I also follow lots of knitters/designers on Instagram so see what they are making, and new patterns being released by designers and things! I always pick a pattern I think will go with lots of my clothes, and with my personal style. I also always pick a colour of yarn that will go with lots of things. For example, when I make a shawl I always bear in mind that I have a navy blue winter coat, so I try to pick colours that will go with that!
I hope this is helpful, and again, I’m so sorry it took me so long to answer your lovely polite question! (Also if you wanted more help/a chat come off anon and we can chat about knitting more!)