A Knitting Journey – Beginners Pattern #001

Learn to knit by knitting this easy cute alien in Garter Stitch
This pattern is exclusively created for the A Knitting Journey Series!
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Try out your new knitting skills by making this really easy project.
All you have to do is cast on, work in the knit stitch and then cast off.
My yarn –
Pure Gold DK
Weight: DK
Texture: Plied
Fiber: Acrylic (100%)
Needles: 3.5 mm (4 US) ( UK), 4 mm (6 US) (8 UK)
Gauge: 22 sts / 10 cm (4″)
Balls: 100g; 260 m (284 yds)
Care: Machine wash (30 C)


I used a very small amount to create this doll


 4 mm (6 US) (8 UK)
18 stitches and 32 rows measure 10 cm square over garter stitch using 4.00 mm (UK 8/ US 6) needles
Cast On
Cast Off
Unwind enough yarn to cast on 27 STS (approximately 80 – 90 cm)
Make a slipknot, Cast on 27 stitches.

Knit every row to form garter stitch –
Garter Stitch:
Garter Stitch is created when you knit every row. Cast on the required number of stitches and knit to the end of row. Turn and knit the next row. Repeat until you reach the required length. The rows of interlocking stitches look the same on both sides of the fabric.
Please Note: Although garter stitch is very easy to do it does show up any imperfections in your tension as the rows of stitches will not be completely even.



Continue in garter stitch until work measures approximately 30 cm

Casting off secures the stitches when a piece of knitting is complete, linking them together so they cannot unravel. Casting off is normally done following the stitch sequence, so a knit stitch is cast off knitwise and a purl stitch purlwise 🙂
We have been working in in knit so we will be casting off knitwise!









Sew the two ends together using a yarn needle and the tail


Continue up the one side


Reinsert yarn needle and weave yarn about approx 5 – 6 cm back down the side


Fasten off, BUT DO NOT CUT YARN, weave tail through both pieces towards the other side to create the neck, pull slightly as you work to gather the two pieces together.


When you reach the other side, Fasten off, BUT DO NOT CUT YARN


Stuff the head part (the shortest section) with some fiberfill / toy-stuffing


Close up opening with yarn tail


Start closing up the body section opening, stuff with fiberfill/toy-stuffing as you work



Optional – Tie a ribbon around the neck


Creating the ears – weave some yarn cutting across a corner piece of the head – see photo


Pull tightly – then wrap yarn a few times around ear – Fasten off and weave in ends securely
Repeat for other side


Eyes – I crocheted some eyes 🙂

Using some 4 ply yarn and a 2, 00 mm hook

Make a magic circle


Rnd 1: work 6 SC into ring
Rnd 2: work 2 SC into each SC
Rnd 3: work 2 SC into next SC, work 1 SC into next SC. Repeat
Rnd 4: work 2 SC into next SC, work 1 SC into next 2 SC. Repeat
Fasten off and leave a tail for sewing
I used some black yarn and long stitch the pupils – using the center of the white circle and creating a wedge.


Sew eyes onto alien


Crochet Heart
Using some 4 ply yarn and a 2, 00 mm hook
CH 4
Work 3 TR, 3 DC, 1 TR, 3 DC, 3 TR into 4th ST from hook, SL ST in same ST, fasten off and leave a tail for sewing.


Sew heart to body
I used some yellow yarn to create nose/mustache – I used the same method as I used with the eye pupils -working from a center stitch and  working outward.


Done!I hope you enjoyed making this little guy as your first project if you are just starting to knit!

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I have been a crochet designer for more than 10 years. I love to think outside the box and to try and do things a bit differently. I love to learn new techniques and to challenge myself. I firmly believe that crochet should fun and evoke joy and pleasure. Creating and designing is one of my life's passions.

“Crochet is an art and crocheters it’s artists. Each crafted item is unique and own to its crafter”

Happy Crocheting Joanita Theron


  1. Adorable alien! I recently took a knitting class. I haven't knitted much though… haha! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

  2. what a little cutie! So wish now I could knit but maybe I can make him in crochet. Thanks for sharing the inspiration and the pattern!

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