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FINISHED Beginner Friendly Reversible Wrap

 

 

 

 

Reversible Wrap-Cardigan

The Reversible Wrap by Jo Sharp is one of those under-appreciated patterns that’s flown under people’s radar for way too long! It’s an amazing project for newbies, it’s basically made from two rectangles that are cleverly sewn together – easy peasy knitting! The only skills involved are cast on, cast off, knit, purl, basic mattress stitch, and basic wet blocking. The pattern is written for two versions, one long and one short. It’s also reversible, you can wear it right side up, or upside down.

We made the long version and used two skeins of very economical Cascade Eco+ (costs less than $60). It’s a very flexible garment, as is the yarn, so if you want a garment with a bit more drape and stretch feel free to go up in needle size. It’s also a pattern that can be in a warmer winter yarn or a cooler fibre for spring/summer.  Affordable yarn options include Cascade Eco+Berroco Vintage ChunkyCascade Avalon, and Berroco Remix Light.

Yarn Options

Approximate Yardage Required (chunky or heavy aran weight yarn): version 1 (short): 400(470) metres, version 2 (long): 535(670) metres.

Winter Yarns

  • Cascade Eco+: version 1 short: 1(2) skeins, version 2 long: 2(2) skeins
  • Berroco Vintage Chunky: version 1 short: 4(4) skeins, version 2 long: 5(6) skeins (use 6mm/US10 needles)
  • Diamond Baby Alpaca Sport: version 1 short: 4(5) skeins, version 2 long: 6(7) skeins (use 6mm/US10 needles)
  • Malabrigo Mecha: version 1 short: 4(4) skeins, version 2 long: 5(6) skeins (use 6mm/US10 needles)

Spring/Summer Yarns

  • Cascade Avalon: version 1 short: 3(3) skeins, version 2 long: 4(5) skeins (use 5.5mm/US9 needles)
  • Quince & Co Kestrel: 6(7) skeins, version 2 long: 8(10) skeins
  • Berroco Remix Light: version 1 short: 2(3) skeins, version 2 long: 3(4) skeins (2 strands held together)

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Materials

Resources for Beginners

Seaming: If you’ve never seamed before, Mattress stitch is the way to go … there are some good free instructions at  Vogue Knitting and Knitty.

Weaving In Ends: I always go to this comprehensive tutorial from PurlSoho on Weaving In Ends. Remeber, you never tie and cut your ends in knitting, you always weave them in!

Blocking: Wet blocking is pretty easy (it’s basically just washing), but here’s a nice tutorial from Craftsy to help you out.

Everything Else: For the basics like cast on, bind-off, knit, purl, go to knittinghelp.com.

 

Cascade Eco Jo Sharp Cardigan COMBO

NEW Beginner Kits

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We created our Beginner Knitting Kit with absolute beginners of all ages in mind. The kit includes a colourful skein of self-striping machine washable vegan yarn, knitting needles, a darning needle to weave in the ends, and a How To Knit booklet with clear instructions and recommendations, and comes in a clear re-closable bag. 

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FREEBIE Boxy Lace Top

 

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Cancun Boxy Lace Top

This simple little summer top is lace top is super easy and novice-friendly. It’s knit in two  rectangles from the bottom up and then seamed at the shoulders & sides to create the boxy shape. Great for beginners, especially those who want to try their hand at lace.

Yarn Suggestions

Quince & Co Sparrow  4 skeins (or more for larger)

Louet Euroflax Sport  2 skeins (or 3 for larger)

Cascade Ultra Pima  3 skeins

Other Materials

Notes

Not all freebies are created equally, check out some CORRECTIONS HERE.

The pattern is written for one size. To make it wider cast on more stitches, and to make it longer just knit for longer. Be sure to make a gauge swatch beforehand to see how your yarn is for size.

Easy, Fast Projects for Novices & Gifts


Fall has landed and knitting season is in full gear. Welcome back to all of our established stick-handlers, and a hearty welcome to the newcomers. Gift season is coming up in a few months, and we believe that even the greenest knitter can combine hobby and holiday budgets – you just need a little inspiration and guidance.

To get you started …

  • Your new best friend is a website for knitters & crocheters, Ravelry.com. Ravelry is knitters’ Mecca and most of our links go there.  It is free to join Ravelry, and you don’t have to give them any information you don’t want to. They won’t spam you or sell your e-mail address, but if you are concerned feel free to use a ‘junk’ or spare e-mail address to sign up (ie. gmail, yahoo or hotmail).  
  • There is a TON of free technical support on the internet. Knittinghelp.com is an excellent place for novices to start, and Knitting Daily has an excellent glossary of terms. There are many good videos on Youtube from Knit Picks and BerrocoTechknitting is the place for those more experienced who want a detailed explanation.
  • When seaming use Mattress Stitch for a pretty finish.
  • Leave about 5 to 6 inch tails (ends), to make weaving in easier. 
  • Knitting and crochet patterns are a bit like Recipes. They give you your ingredients first, and then directions, often written with standardized abbreviations. An explanation of the abbreviations used, or glossary, is usually included, or you can look them up on the internet. For more on how to read patterns there are some good instruction via the Craft Yarn Council.
  • Knitting needles come in a variety of sizing systems: Metric is the standard in Canada, Europe, Australia & New Zealand. The US has it’s own system, as do the Japanese. If you have old needles that came from Canada or the UK, they might be sized in the older UK system. See this chart for details. Contemporary patterns will give you a needle size based on the country in which it was published.  Vintage patterns often give sizes in the old UK system. The easiest way to find out what size your needle is to buy an affordable (approx $3.50 to $4) little gadget called a Needle Gauge, which measures the circumference of your needle and tells you what it is in the various sizes.  


  • Skill Level: Beginner (after Scarves)
  • Free from Martha Stewart Living
  • Yarn: 2 skeins Cascade Magnum
  • Needles: 15mm-32″ circular 
  • Skills: knit, purl, cast on, cast off, knit in the round, weave in ends.
  • Notes: knit with a single strand (pattern uses 3 held together)






  • Skill Level: Absolute Beginner!
  • Free from Ravelry
  • Yarn: 1 skein Malabrigo Worsted
  • Needles: 4.5mm straight needles
  • Skills: cast on, cast off, knit, seam, weave in ends. 



  • Skill Level: Beginner (after scarves)
  • Free: from Lionbrand
  • Yarn: 2 to 4 skeins Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, or 1 to 2 skeins 1 skein Malabrigo Worsted
  • Needles: 5mm needles
  • Skills: cast on, cast off, knit, purl, increase (knit into the front then the back of the stitch), seam, weave in ends.