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With just one or two skeins of yarn, you can whip up a quick baby gift or fun headwarmer for any member of your family!

Personally, I love working hats from the top down toward the ears. The fussiness of juggling needles with so few stitches pays off quickly. Because you’re increasing to the right number of stitches for the recipient’s head, you can simply stop when it fits. (No more guessing how many stitches to cast on for a good fit!) Plus, earflaps are a breeze to position and work down off the sides, if you are so inclined.

Unpatterns® are ‘road maps’ to get you from cast on to finishing without having to rely on someone else’s stitch-by-stitch instructions. This Unpattern, like the others in the series, helps you put together a project the fun way: by falling in love with some yarn and creating a design uniquely your own. On the inside pages you will find a visual overview of the project, plus diagrams and step-by-step instructions to help you build your ideal head topper!

Do you want to knit a wee preemie hat? Or a wild, striped number for your teenage nephew? Or what about a cozy cashmere cap for your mother or best friend? Instructions for sizing and shaping hats of all sizes are in here.
The art of knitting socks has been around almost as long as feet, and for good reason! Socks are fun to knit, great portable projects, and an ideal gift for those you love.

This Unpattern® sock is cast on at the cuff, with a traditional K2,P2 rib down the entire cuff and along the top of the foot to ensure a custom fit for all kinds of feet. A simple short-row heel and a toe that doesn’t need grafting makes this an ideal starting place for novice sock knitters!

Unpattern socks are easy to make in your choice of yarn from fingering to worsted; the chart below helps you choose materials and determine the stitch count. Inside the Unpattern, instructions are laid out visually, with detailed blurbs for each phase of shaping. Once you are comfortable knitting socks, tips on the back page can help you refine the finished product.

Happy socks, happy feet!
Knitters love toe-up socks! And for good reason: they are fun to knit, easy to custom fit, and they eliminate the worry about running out of yarn in your second sock.

This Unpattern® sock is worked from the toe up, with a traditional K2,P2 rib along the top of the foot and the entire cuff to ensure a custom fit for all kinds of feet. A simple short-row heel makes this an ideal starting place for those new to toe-up socks!

Unpattern socks are easy to make in your choice of yarn from fingering to worsted; the chart below helps you choose materials and determine the stitch count. Inside the Unpattern, instructions are laid out visually, with detailed blurbs for each phase of shaping. Once you are comfortable knitting socks from the toe up, tips on the back page can help you refine the finished product.
With just one or two skeins of yarn, you can whip up a quick baby gift or fun headwarmer for any member of your family!

A hat is a great project to move on to after scarves, because it packs a lot of new skills into such a small, portable project. In here, you can learn how to knit in the round, how to work basic decreases, and how to work a small tube on double-pointed needles, or two circulars, or one long ‘Magic Loop’ needle. By the time you’re done, you’ll be well on your way to knowing just about everything you need to start doing socks or even sweaters!

Unpatterns® are ‘road maps’ to get you from cast on to finishing without having to rely on someone else’s stitch-by-stitch instructions. This Unpattern, like the others in the series, helps you put together a project the fun way: by falling in love with some yarn and creating a design uniquely your own. On the inside pages you will find a visual overview of the project, plus diagrams and step-by-step instructions to help you build your ideal head topper!

Do you want to knit a wee preemie hat? Or a wild, striped number for your teenage nephew? Or what about a cozy cashmere cap for your husband or brother? Instructions for sizing and shaping hats of all sizes are in here.
There are so many advantages to working sweaters from the top down: they are simple to fit, easy to design, and fun to work—with no sewing up! You work the sleeves from the armhole down, so there’s no guessing on the right length. Same goes for the body—just stop when it’s long enough!

Top-down sweaters are a natural and easy way to knit raglan sleeve lines: the knitting begins as one piece and grows along four diagonal lines at the shoulders. No little strippy pieces to knit, and best of all, you don’t have to sew raglan seams later!

Unpatterns® are ‘road maps’ to get you from cast on to finishing without having to rely on someone else’s stitch-by-stitch instructions. This Unpattern, like the others in the series, helps you put together a project the fun way: by falling in love with some yarn, taking measurements from a garment that fits you well, and creating a design uniquely your own. On the inside pages, you will find a visual overview of the project, plus diagrams, schematics, worksheets, and step-by-step instructions to help you build your ideal sweater.

Do you want to knit a pullover for a man or woman? A crew neck or V-neck? They’re all in here—even turtlenecks! It’s flexible, fun, and a great introduction to garment construction while working sweaters from the top down!
If you’ve enjoyed the flexibility of working from the top down, but are looking for something other than the usual raglan, look no further!

There’s a certain wearability to a set-in sleeve sweater: the seam sits at the natural shoulder line, making the upper body appear narrower than is the case with drop-shouler or raglan-sleeved styles. And there’s lots of fun shaping at the beginning, with shoulder panels and armholes, and later on it’s smooth sailing into the body and sleeves.

Unpatterns® are ‘road maps’ to get you from cast on to finishing without having to rely on someone else’s stitch-by-stitch instructions. This Unpattern, like the others in the series, helps you put together a project the fun way: by falling in love with some yarn, taking measurements from a garment that fits you well, and creating a design uniquely your own. On the inside pages, you will find a visual overview of the project, plus diagrams, schematics, worksheets, and step-by-step instructions to help you build your ideal sweater.

Do you want to knit a pullover for yourself, or as a gift for that special someone? And what neckline do you have in mind: round or V-neck? They’re all in here! It’s flexible, fun, and a great introduction to garment construction while working sweaters from the top down!
Call it a shell, or a tank top, or the sleeveless half of a twinset—a little sweater without sleeves is a wardrobe workhorse for all knitters, for warm or cold climates alike.

And then wonderful things happen when you can knit them from the top down: it’s so easy to custom-fit the crucial pieces, such as the fit through the armhole, the drop of the neck… and then after those bits of shaping, it’s smooth sailing through the body, until it’s just the right length. It’s the best way to strategize to use up every scrap of yarn if you have a limited amount.

Unpatterns® are ‘road maps’ to get you from cast on to finishing without having to rely on someone else’s stitch-by-stitch instructions. This Unpattern, like the others in the series, helps you put together a project the fun way: by falling in love with some yarn, taking measurements from a garment that fits you well, and creating a design uniquely your own. On these pages, you will find a visual overview of your project, plus diagrams, worksheets, and step-by-step instructions to help you build your ideal garment.

Do you want to knit something for yourself, or as a gift for that special man or woman? And what neckline do you have in mind: round or V-neck? They’re all in here! It’s flexible, fun, and a great introduction to garment construction while working from the top down!
Call it a shell, or a tank top, or the sleeveless half of a twinset—a little sweater without sleeves is a wardrobe workhorse for all knitters, for warm or cold climates alike.

Start one today the easy way, by casting on and working the body in the round (no seaming!), or in two flat pieces. That will give you time to decide which details you’d like to incorporate: what neckline shape, how wide to make the shoulder straps, and how you’d like to edge it.

Unpatterns® are ‘road maps’ to get you from cast on to finishing without having to rely on someone else’s stitch-by-stitch instructions. This Unpattern, like the others in the series, helps you put together a project the fun way: by falling in love with some yarn, taking measurements from a garment that fits you well, and creating a design uniquely your own. On these pages, you will find a visual overview of your project, plus diagrams, worksheets, and step-by-step instructions to help you build your ideal garment.

Do you want to knit something for yourself, or as a gift for that special man or woman? And what neckline do you have in mind: round or V-neck? They’re all in here! It’s flexible, fun, and a great introduction to garment construction and design your way!
Want a fun way to ease into sweater knitting? It doesn’t get more painless than this! Here is a pullover knit from the bottom up, with a drop shoulder armhole that’s easy to shape. And to top it off, the sleeves are picked up and worked from the shoulder down, so there’s no guesswork about how long to make them to fit perfectly!

If you hate to sew, go ahead and work it entirely in the round: body and sleeves. Or would you rather work the body in two flat pieces, leaving you just two seams to sew at the end?

Unpatterns® are ‘road maps’ to get you from cast on to finishing without having to rely on someone else’s stitch-by-stitch instructions. This Unpattern, like the others in the series, helps you put together a project the fun way: by falling in love with some yarn, taking measurements from a garment that fits you well, and creating a design uniquely your own. On the inside pages, you will find a visual overview of the project, plus diagrams, worksheets, and step-by-step instructions to help you build your ideal sweater.

Do you want to knit a pullover for yourself, or as a gift for that special man or woman? And what neckline do you have in mind: round or V-neck? They’re all in here—even turtlenecks! It’s flexible, fun, and a great introduction to garment construction and design your way.
There’s a certain wearability to a set-in sleeve sweater: for many of us, the fact that the sleeve seam sits at the natural shoulder line makes for a flattering fit. The shoulders appear narrower than in drop-shouler or raglan-sleeved styles.

When you work these sweaters from the bottom up, you start with the straightforward bits, saving the shaping and contouring for later. Plus, you get to work the sleeves from the shoulder down, so there’s no more guesswork about sleeve length!

Unpatterns® are ‘road maps’ to get you from cast on to finishing without having to rely on someone else’s stitch-by-stitch instructions. This Unpattern, like the others in the series, helps you put together a project the fun way: by falling in love with some yarn, taking measurements from a garment that fits you well, and creating a design uniquely your own. On the inside pages, you will find a visual overview of the project, plus diagrams, schematics, worksheets, and step-by-step instructions to help you build your ideal sweater.

Do you want to knit a pullover for yourself, or as a gift for that special someone? And what neckline do you have in mind: round or V-neck? They’re all in here! It’s flexible, fun, and a great introduction to garment construction.