All knitters know the beauty of a hand knit sweater. A hand knit sweater has the power to warm the heart and soul. Sometimes, however, we need a little break from the structure of a sweater. How about exploring knitting with whimsy, like knitting flowers or veggies? When we knit something creative, knitting can become an expression of how we feel and what we see in nature. Often, the colors we choose for sweaters, hats, and scarves reflect a safe color palette that you know you like to wear. In contrast, exploring tiny whimsical knits is an opportunity to express our creativity slightly differently. Plus, we can use all those small balls of yarns from our larger projects.
These tiny veggie patterns are a fun way to explore knitting techniques. The ones I made are the Summer Veggies Patterns by Susan B. Anderson Designs (@barrettwoolco). I especially love the opportunity to explore different knitting tools for these fun knits, like double pointed needles, and Mindful Collection Generosity 2" Tips Needle Set. If you want to learn different knitting stitches (k2tog, YO, increasing and decreasing stitches), exploring these whimsical knits are for you. I love gardening, and the colors of nature are inspiring in these little knits. The possibilities are endless.
Here is a felted purse with knitted felted roses, and green swirl vines, knitted with 100% wool with large needles. After felting the purse by washing it in hot water, we see our knitting transform into a whole new style. Seeing our knitting transform can be a symbol of our own transformation.
Using crochet flowers as tassels adds a bit of whimsy, such as crocheting a tiny flower on a baby hat. If you keep a knitting journal, try crocheting a flower bookmark. Through these details, we can use our knitting as an exercise in self-expression and in seeing the beauty of each garment as a truly one-of-a-kind creation. Knitting allows a deep sense of peace and calm, and through this peace and calm, our creativity is allowed to shine.
There are endless possibilities, like this adorable knitted teddy bear!
These tiny knitted bags are for storing stitch markers.
Your knitting is as unique as you! Allow your knitting to express who you are in all its little details.
"Every ball or skein of yarn holds something inside it, and the great mystery of what that might be can be almost spiritual." ~Stephanie Pearl McPhee
Written By: :- Mary Ann Gebhardt