Quick Knits You Can Make in a Day, With No Previous Experience

As a yarn shop owner, I have seen many “learn to knit quickly” books come through my door. Learning from a book certainly isn’t for everyone, and our introduction to knitting classes are frequently sold out for this reason. But I learned most of what I know from books, and certainly many of my fellow knitters did as well. So, when one our most fun yarn vendors launched a learn to knit book, our team was really excited about it.



Loopy Mango Knitting was published this fall. It is a gorgeous hard cover book with helpful color illustrations and a hefty techniques section to help a complete newbie get started. The projects include easy to follow instructions so that you can start with a scarf and be knitting sweaters just a few projects later. Every project in the book is designed on big yarn and can be finished in just a day of knitting. They are all truly unique pieces that will stand out in your wardrobe or make wonderful gifts.



Your very first project will likely be this garter stitch scarf. (The pattern is named “My first scarf.”) It is the simplest of knitted fabrics, created with only one stitch over and over again but the size of the yarn and needles makes it stand out.



The book will then walk you through the steps of working in the round for your first hat project. Hats are quicker to make than scarves and make wonderful gifts. I love the oversized pom pom on this one.



While you may find it hard to believe, after you have knit a hat, you can move on to cowls, simple sweaters and vests. (A vest is really just a few rectangles seamed together!) My team and I love that this book helps move a new knitter to those projects quickly and with chic projects that you will actually wear. This fringe bandana is a statement piece that you can wear year-round.



The projects below are surprisingly accessible to even a new knitter. (I promise, you can go from scarves to sweaters in just a few weeks). Below are two of the 13 sweater designs in the book, all intended to be completed in just a day. Stop by to grab Loopy Mango Knitting and to pick out a fun color of Loopy Mango yarn for your first scarf.



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Danielle, owner of the fibre space shop, has been knitting since the age of six or so, when she completed her first project – a Cabbage Patch doll scarf. A Pittsburgh native with a degree in international development, she moved to the D.C. area to find a job and quickly established a career in non profit management and fundraising. For extra cash, she decided to turn her hobby into a job and taught knitting classes in the evening at area shops. With a heavy dose of sarcasm and a tough love style of teaching, Danielle quickly developed a following of students – busy D.C. professionals looking for a creative outlet. In October 2006, she struck out on her own with Knit-a-Gogo, Inc. – offering knitting classes and events all over the D.C. metro area. Before she knew it, Knit-a-Gogo had grown out of control and Danielle moved to the next natural step – a full service yarn shop. In July 2009 fibre space was born and has been rockin’ ever since. When she isn’t behind the scenes with a mocha in hand, Danielle is hanging with her daughter or lobbying for small business needs at City Hall.

fibre space™ specializes in unique yarns and fibres from hand dyed, independent, local and U.S.-made sources for knitting, crochet & spinning. Enjoy our wide selection of classes, designer workshops, yarn tastings, movie nights & more. Join the community in our comfy lounge, and let the helpful staff at fibre space™ get you started on your next handmade creation!


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