Need a pattern

So I am looking to expand on my learning, and I’m not sure where to go from here. What the next step would be, what I should knit next.

So far I have knit

Ribbed Scarf
2 Ribbed Hats
1 Cable Hat
1 diagonal dishcloth
1 diagnonal baby blanket
2 pairs of socks

All these patterns have had nothing too complicated. I can knit, purl, just learned how to yarn over. I can decrease by knitting 2 together or purling two together, and I can do a basic cable, oh and I can do slip stitch knit passover. I’m not very good at picking up stitches but I can do it.

Where do I go from here? Can someone suggest some other things I can learn or a pattern that will teach me new things?
I’m really interested in finding something to do next, but I’m at the point where I don’t know what to try and knit.

I will take any suggestions or patterns! Thanks!!

You could knit a small sweater if you have a small person that could wear it - like the one you made the baby blanket for…

You might try a lace scarf next, such as this one from

Or this one:

Or perhaps:

If lace doesn’t appeal to you, you might try a fair isle hat or gloves. You can find lots of fair isle patterns on or from the DROPS collection. And you can mix up your fair isle patterns any way you want–as long as the stitch count comes out right.

Have fun!!!

Whoa these look a little too intense for my next step LOL but thank you for the suggestion.

I wouldn’t even know where to begin!

What about an easy dog sweater?? Anyone got a pattern for that? I’d love to make something for my Louie!

Actually, LoveBugAngel, if you can increase, decrease, and yo (which you say you can do), then you can do lace patterns! They’re really not anymore difficult than doing shaping on something else–you just need to use a life line in case you mess something up!

And the finished object looks so very complicated (but it’s not)!!

I wouldn’t even know where to begin!

[I]That’s[/I] the easy part. Cast on! :roflhard: Sweaters aren’t that complicated as long as you take it one step at a time, there is lots of help here. A small sweater wouldn’t take terribly long to complete; raglan or drop shoulder style would probably be less adventurous than set in sleeves. Lace? That’s something I’ve not done yet. I expect you can do just about anything you’d like. Just be sure to do a gauge swatch whatever you choose.

What kind of dog or what size dog is Louie? There are lots of patterns out there including adjustable ones.
Don’t be put off people sweaters if that’s what you want to make. You’ve already learned most of the techniques that you need. Anything more that a pattern calls for, you can learn as you go. After all, that’s how you got where you are now. Just start at line one of the instructions

I would recommend a simple sweater pattern!! The ones in the book “The Yarn Girls Guide to Simple Knits” are VERY easy to follow!

Or go to your public library and look at the knitting books there for a sweater pattern that you like AND that you can follow.


Well see, I haven’t knitting a gauge swatch before LOL so that intimidates me. The only increase method I have tried is the knit through front and back. I have also only ever knit with one colour.

I have noticed with sweaters you have to seem them together? Is this correct?

I was assuming with a dog sweater it would just be knitting in the round, then somehow making holes for the two front legs? But when I looked at patterns it looked like all seeming, which kind of puts me off.

Suggestions from this?

A swatch is just casting on a bunch of stitches 20-30, and knitting a couple inches. Call it a sample :wink: It can be used to tell you how many sts per inch (or 4"), what the stitch pattern looks like, and how the yarn looks when knit. Not all sweaters, whether for dogs or people, are knit in pieces and seamed, there’s many that are seamless. For the leg holes, you’d knit the body in the round, BO some sts for the openings, knit flat on 2 or 3 sections for a while, then cast on some sts to join it all in one piece again to finish up. No seams, or very minimal at least.

Mitts? A quick look at ravelry (patterns, fingerless) came up with lots of patterns, this one looks particularly easy. Doing fingerless mitts would let you use the skills you have and practice a couple new things maybe.

Eventually you’ll need to do a gauge swatch, you might as well go ahead and work one. I use them to practice stitch patterns sometimes, after I’ve knit enough to measure. I choose needles and yarn that I have a fair idea how the gauge will work out and go ahead and start mitts in the round, I figure ripping out what I’ve done and starting over is no more time consuming than a knit in the round swatch. Sometimes close enough is good enough too. :mrgreen:

If any of you come across a simple sweater for a dog, please let me know.

Are you on Ravelry? If not, I would suggest joining because they pretty much have any pattern under the sun! And lots of them are free. You can easily find a simple baby sweater if you do a search.

I’m a beginner too, and I made a sweater for my dog not too long ago. The Original Custom Fit Dog Sweater. It’s a little daunting when you first look at all those instructions, but if you take it one step at a time, it’s pretty easy. Although you’ve knit socks, so it should be easy peasy for you! I’m still too scared to touch socks. Lol.

What about a pair of fingerless mitts? I love those!

This is about the simplest dog sweater pattern I’ve found.