The Feel Good Project

Winter has well and truly set in now in Melbourne.

I’m wearing a scarf and beanie most days.

Alpaca Slouch Beanie, with Alpaca Super loop scarf

Alpaca Slouch Beanie, with Alpaca Super loop scarf

I guess I am pretty lucky that I have a few to choose from, as I am constantly knitting up samples or looking for simple knit styles.

I know the stores are full of acrylic knitwear made in China, but there is something extremely comforting about wearing a hand knitted winter accessory.

It’s hard to explain – there is an element of care and genuine love that seems to be embedded in the fibres of hand knitting.

Also if you have knitted the accessory yourself there is a huge an element of pride and self sustenance involved. Extra points if someone compliments your knit wear – but not even necessary to make you feel good.

So if you’d like to share to feel the love of hand knit winter warmers have a look at the knitting kits I have put together. Something for yourself or maybe the perfect knitted gift.

Alpaca Chunky Short Loop cowl

Alpaca Chunky Short Loop cowl

The patterns are super simple and I have made video tutorials if you need help.

The yarns are beautiful quality and I have selected a small but charming colour palette.

The projects are deliberately small so you can knit and complete and enjoy your efforts. (Instead of being left in a bag as something you’ll finish one day… )

Enjoy your southern hemisphere winter and give yourself a big woolly knitted hug!

So many pictures of me, I do apologise! I need to find an in-house model to do justice to the garments!

Alpaca Baby Beanies

Alpaca Baby Beanies

Easy as 1, 2, 3

Knitting Basics

How to knit

Knitting can be as simple or complicated as you choose.

Here is my super simple guide on How to Knit.

Each of these videos takes you very slowly through a step by step tutorial to get you Knitting.


Let's start at the very beginning.

You can't go anywhere until you learn to cast on. Most people will learn how to cast on a lot of times, before you do it habitually. It tends to be the starting block that most people stumble on.

  • The first thing you do when casting on is to create a slip knot - so you can adjust your first stitch easily.
  • Then - select the style of cast on required as per your pattern.
  • A simple cast on is basically knitting stitches and adding them to end of needle.
  • I like to do what is commonly called a Cable cast as it creates a nice even edge.


Learning to knit is like any skill, you get better at it the more you do it. So don't be too frustrated if you find it difficult at the beginning.

For many people it is the uncertainty of how to balance the needles and not let the stitches slip off.

My number one tip is to hold the needles near the tip firmly but not gripping. Use your index finger in your left hand to gently hold and manage the stitches. Your hands will relax once you get the hang of it.

Also - breathe.... seriously - when you concentrate so hard on learning a stitch you often forget to breathe. So breathe in through your nose then as you breathe out relax your shoulders.


Congratulations if you've made it this far!

For me, this is the most rewarding step. Casting off your knitting and sitting back to admire your project.

Casting off is really very easy. Just remember not to pull the stitches too tightly so you don't get a puckered or drawn in edge.

If you can do these 3 steps you are your way to becoming a knitter.

The next step I would suggest is learning to Purl  - but you can wait to get the above 3 steps under your belt before you move on.

If you are looking for a simple project to start with, all my What Jane Knits kits are designed especially for beginner knitters. Have a look - find a project and I can send you a kit with everything you need including yarn, needles and pattern.

Good luck and happy knitting.