Pot holders are usually a favorite with knitting novices.

­When you first start out knitting, you may not be ready for elaborate Aran sweaters or other technically demanding projects. You may not even want to take on long, time-consuming projects. That's why we have assembled some easy-to-make project patterns that will help you learn and perfect some of the basic techniques. And maybe one day, you'll be able to knit that sweater without even giving it a second thought.

­On the following pages, you'll find great inspiration and free patterns for such projects as wine sacks, pot holders, dishtowels, and more.

Are you ready to start knitting? Click on the next page and learn how to knit a herringbone belt.