Resources for Beginner Knitters/Crocheters

Since this month's theme is all about starting to learn those skills you've wanted to learn, even if you have to start out small, I have a roundup of resources anyone wanting to learn or improve their knitting or crocheting skills!

I know how to knit and crochet, and if you check out my patterns page you'll see that I've made a few items.  I am self-taught using mostly internet resources, so below you'll find ones I find useful!


Beginner knitting video series from GoodKnitKisses - casting on, knit, purl, cast off, check gauge

Knitting abbreviations from Craft Yarn Council

Crochet Basics  from A Beautiful Mess - slip knot, foundation chain, basic stitches

Crochet abbreviations Chart from Crochet N More


Flat herringbone stitch tutorial video - GoodKnitKisses

Basic cable stitch tutorial video - Nancy Wynn

A Year of Free Washcloth Patterns (each is a different pattern) - sign up for the Knitpicks newsletter

Library of Knitting Stitches - Knitting on the Net

13 Basic Crochet Stitches - All Free

Fancy Stuff

Stranded Knitting/colorwork - By Gum, By Golly

Vintage Knitting pattern tips & Tricks - Skiff Vintage Knitting

Set-in Sleeves - By Gum, By Golly

Resizing a Vintage Pattern, Part 1 and 2 - A Pile of Sheep

Fitting a 1940s Pullover series - By Gum, By Golly

Free Knitting/Crochet Patterns

Free patterns at By Gum, By Golly

Granny Square (blanket) pattern from A Beautiful Mess

Top 10 Free Knitting Patterns from Vintage Pattern Files

List of Free Patterns compiled on Va-Voom Vintage

Free Vintage Patterns site

Free Patterns from Antique Crochet Patterns site

Crochet mason jar tumblers and coasters from A Beautiful Mess

Do you know of any other resources that would help a beginner knitter/crocheter?  Feel free to include offline resources, too!

1 comment

  1. What a thorough, terrific directory. Thank you very much for putting this together. I know where I'll be pointing someone the next time they ask me a knitting or crochet question (I don't do either myself, but do get questions about them from time-to-time from blog readers).

    ♥ Jessica