Beginning knitters: ready to move on? Read on. (+ giveaway)

When our marketing graphic designer, Sarah Peterson, set out to learn how to knit, she asked Martingale staffers for advice. They steered her in two directions: to our knitting books (of course!), and to Ravelry. One year later, Sarah has not only made her way from beginner to intermediate knitter—she’s now our resident Ravelry guru!

Sarah's "Braided" scarfOnce she’d chosen and completed several beginner patterns for knitting (Spud & Chloe’s “Braided” scarf, left, was her first), Sarah was ready to jump into a challenge. That’s when she saw an early preview of the new book Knitting the Chill Away.

A big fan of fashion, Sarah immediately fell in love with the cozy, modern knitting patterns for men, women, and children, which cover a range of skill levels. She zeroed in on the “Blue Cable Wrap” because it was the kind of design she knew she wouldn’t be able to find anywhere for purchase. Not quite a cowl, wrap, sweater, or poncho, it was somewhere in between—and completely unique. Plus, it included cables—a milestone technique for knitters. Sarah decided to cast on.

Sarah's Blue Cable WrapHere’s Sarah’s own version of her cable wrap in progress (right). In her words:

“This has been really fun to work on. The cables were actually very simple! I’ve enjoyed learning how to read a cable chart, and I also learned how to tell the difference between what knit and purl stitches look like when they’re on the needle. I’m using a thicker yarn and larger needles, so I had to modify the stitch count, but the pattern gives you guidelines about that.”

Every knitter who’s conquered cables—how about a collective “congrats!” for Sarah? Way to go!

Knitting the Chill AwayKnitting the Chill Away is one of those inspiring go-to books for when you get the urge to knit something cozy and stylish, but with a bit of a challenge. With 39 snuggle-up designs—from knitted sweaters for children and adults to knit cardigans, socks, hats, and more—you’ll be inspired to learn new techniques, while creating something gorgeous along the way. You can view a slideshow of just a few of the designs from Knitting the Chill Away at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for sharing your story, Sarah—you’ve officially graduated from beginning knitting and inspired us all to try something new!

So, what knitting project made you think to yourself “I’m not a beginner anymore”? Or are you a beginner ready for the next level? Tell us about your experience in the comments and you could win a copy of the Knitting the Chill Away eBook! We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you’ve won. (You can also purchase the book here, and if you do, you can download the eBook for free right away.) Good luck!

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing to win a copy of the Knitting the Chill Away eBook! The randomly chosen winner is Bobbi, who said:

“After completing a pair of Bella Mittens, a fair isle bag, and my first pair of socks I finally can accept that I am past the beginner stage. I am always eager to learn new skills and would love to try something from Knitting the Chill Away. I think I would like a warm sweater for me!”

Bobbi, we’ll email you a special coupon code for your free eBook. Congratulations!

Blue Cable Wrap from Knitting the Chill Away

"Blue Cable Wrap"

Knitting the Chill Away 1

"Cables on Cables"

Knitting the Chill Away 2

"Color in the Snow"

Knitting the Chill Away 3

"Small on Texture, Big on Fit"

Knitting the Chill Away 4

"Heart-Warming Cardigan"

Knitting the Chill Away 5

"Timeless Elegance"

Knitting the Chill Away 6

"Romantic Frills"

Knitting the Chill Away 7

"Rest and Relaxation"

Knitting the Chill Away 8

"Vintage French"

Knitting the Chill Away 9

"Cushy Socks"

Knitting the Chill Away 10

"Comfy Dolman-Sleeved Turtleneck"


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