Simply Smitten: My New Hobby

Simply Smitten: My New Hobby

A couple of months ago I was doing a photo shoot for my new Kohl’s collection and learned how to knit in between shots. To be honest, I never thought of myself as the “knitting type.” But boy was I wrong— I am obsessed. Really. I can’t stop. Lauren Conrad: The Knitting Machine. I’ve already finished multiple scarves and am contemplating what I’ll knit next…

Do you knit? Any suggestions on what my next project should be?

Also, what’s your favorite hobby?

XO Lauren

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  • Ashley Rizzardo

    I don’t knit, but I would love to learn. When I was younger my grandparents used to watch over me a lot (the constantly sick kid right here!) My grandmother over the period of 2 years taught me how to crochet, cross-stitch and sew. Would love to learn to knit!

  • Valeria Alvarez

    I tried to learn a few times but fail, but I do crochet better!!


    <3 Val

  • Sarah Heckle

    I don’t knit, but I’d love to learn! Maybe a tutorial?? :)

    My favorite hobby is taking photos and working on my blog!

    Sarah – day 4 of my trip diary

  • joanna laws

    I have learned to knit but ages ago and im not great….

    you could try knitting some cute mittens or an oversized jumper, if not try knitting another scarf with a pattern with different colours as a challenge!

    jo x

  • Bev

    I have seriously tried learning so many times, and just don’t GET IT! So why don’t you share how you learned?! Beginners style!

    Can’t wait to see some of your finished products!

    xo, Bev

  • Melissa Panici

    That’s so cool you took on knitting Lauren! I have never knitted because I think it looks way to hard but maybe not. Maybe you could make a cute little hat! My hobby is definately reading. I am always reading a book!

  • Deanne Castro

    That’s a great idea to stay warm while on a budget!

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  • Rachael Yanta

    I attempted knitting last year and I got hang of it at first but then my hands just couldn’t stay coordinated. I am thinking of giving it another try this fall and winter! A cute hat and mittens would be adorable to try next!

  • hannah roycroft

    I absolutely love knitting! I didn’t think I would be the knitting type either and then I learnt to knit scarves and now I love it. I want to try to knit a chunky knit beanie next. :)

  • Rachel Moltz

    It’d be great if you could do a tutorial! I’ve been curious about knitting, but like you, I’m not sure that it’s for me…. I guess my favorite hobby is my job: graphic design! It’s so fun and I get to play in Photoshop with colors all day :)

  • Stacie

    I used to knit, but I apparently dropped stitches like crazy, so my rows never came out even.. Everything would just gradually shrink. My mom would sit and watch me knit, and she could never tell where I was losing stitches at, so I eventually gave up. I sometimes think about trying again, but it just seems so much easier to just by an afghan lol..

    I’m going to try quilting soon though! I’m going to start simple with a t-shirt quilt, and if that goes well, I’ll try something more complicated.

  • Jenn Welch

    I knit all the time – Baby blankets, hats, scarves, legwarmers! It’s so therapeutic and easy to do while sitting on the couch watching tv. Check out for lots of great knitting ideas/patterns! :)

  • Carly Lunoe

    Oh I’ve been knitting for years now. Learned as a freshman in high school. I learned from a group of ladies that met Friday nights across from the movie theatre in a book store. I’ve come a long way from scarves, but also started the Knitting & Crochet Craft Club at my college. You now need to check out RAVELRY (check out my stuff, DowntownDanceKnit). It is basically a facebook for knitters. You can have friends and look up patterns, which most of are FREE! It’s great. Check it out! I say a lovely hat next to go with all these scarves. Work your way up to socks, those are so rewarding =)

  • Britt Chamberlin

    Cute knitted headbands! You could learn how to knit flowers to put attach to them

  • Sarah Medley

    I used to knit, I really should get back into it! Even though you’ve knitted scarves, you should try a snood or infinity scarf – they’re so cozy!

  • Kristen Smith

    I never got the hang out knitting, but I’ve gone crazy with crocheting. I made this huge blanket that can literally fit 4 adults comfortably! Didn’t intend for it to be so big, but I got carried away with it. It’s awesome for snuggling:)

  • Lily Asawapornmongkol

    I’ve loved knitting and crocheting since I was little. My mom taught me and I use to knit little hats for my barbie dolls. Now I only do it as a hobby, there’s something really calming about it for me after a long stressful work day! I’d try making simple little baby blankets, all my friends are having kids now-a-days so it comes in handy!

  • Kristin Guildford

    Hey Lauren. I love to knit as well. I HIGHLY recommend the Stitch-N-Bitch (I think it is spelled like that) books. There are two. They have some great patterns and go over different stitches. It’ll tell you pretty much everything you need to know.

    I am currently making a blanket. It’s like a scarf, but BIGGER.

    Keep up with the knitting!

  • Alba Cuci

    OMG Lauren you are such an old soul! That’s pretty amazing though! My grandma taught me how to knit and I have not done it since I was a little girl, you should post what you make, it may inspire people :)

  • Emilysuzanne

    My friend, Nicole made this wonderful, darling, extra warm and huge blanket out of super soft yarn. It would be a perfect project for Fall coming up, and it feels very luxurious and heavy, so it’s also good for pampering yourself with a book read by a fire.

  • jampbp

    My sister tried teaching me to knit but i couldn’t seem to get the hang of it. I have all the stuff though so I’m going to keep trying until I get it!

  • Ashlie Lund

    I learned my freshman year of college, and it IS addicting lol! I just started working on some cowls for the coming winter, one a cream colored double ribbed stitch and the other a wine red in moss stitch… Finding yarns you love to work with is really fun too! And there is so much inspiration on Pinterest lol. I just started on some knee high cabled socks too lol!

  • Deanne Castro

    That’s a great idea to stay warm while on a budget!

    For more fashion and beauty advice, please visit my blog:

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  • shonda smith

    YES!!! I knit. I a a yarn snob. The more luxurious the yarn the better. Love love my LYS. Try ravelry for ideas

  • Amanda Kretchmer

    That’s so cute! I used to crochey, but fell out of it. My hobby is photography, cannot get enough of it.

  • Rachel Trampel

    Awww, what a fun hobby! I used to be obsessed with this in middle school. I made lots of scarves and hats but then it just stopped. I wouldn’t mind picking it back up, but I also just painted last night for the first time in a LONG time and I LOVED IT! So that might be my new hobby… :)

  • Carolina Chaves

    It would be great if you do a knitting tutorial!! I’d love to learn how to do it. :)

  • Irina Monroy

    in love knit!!! my mom and my grandma teach me how to knit and and i became a huge fan =D

    here’s my facebook album of scarfs and hats….all made by me!!!

  • Gretchen Jarvis

    YES!!! I love knitting! I am still a beginner but i’m starting to challenge myself more and more…theres a webpage I found with some really cool patterns called…its from a shop in soho called purl soho…LOVE IT!!! knitting can get expensive though…the yarn is the expensive part but once you get nice yarn, its soo worth it…just like fabrics…you don’t want to make anything with cheap fabrics…

  • Dina Karivalis

    I love hobbies like that, that are soothing and you get a cute product at the end! Great hobby!

    xo Dina

  • Ambi s

    My granny taught me when I was little but I’ve since forgotten – am going to have to re-educate myself!

    Bombay Rose: A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog.

  • Nina Sanderhoff Hansen

    Maybe some fingerless gloves to go with your scarf? I’m just finishing a pair and then I’ll start on a snood! or maybe a scarf/hat set for my niece :) I love knitting – its kind of medetative for me + gived me something to do on my daily commute! :)

  • Rachelle

    I’m afraid to try anything new, but mt latest hobby happened totally by accident. I decided to take my blog to the next level and purchased a dslr. I am obsessed with taking pics and I’m constanlty on photoshop learning new trick. check out my pics here:



  • Sol Sol

    wowww nice lauren!!!! my hobby is photography and singing!!! i love it!!! i always say “”instead of paying a therapyst, i pay my singing teacher!!!”” i cant get enough of it!!! and when i

  • Laura Marshall

    I have never taken the time to learn to knit. But I started crocheting when I was about 7 years old. My elderly neighbor who was basically like a grandma taught me how. She made sweaters, ornaments, doilies, and collars. I actually found some things that she made in a box the other day so I brought them upstairs, cleaned them up and put them out. There was also a collar which I am excited to try wearing since that is such a trend right now. One of the coolest things I did with crochet was to make purses. One year I didn’t have a lot of money for Christmas presents so I crocheted purses for a couple of work friends. They were a hit!

  • Kim Barron

    Soo awesome! Ahhhh, I’ve been trying to learn how to knit for such a long time! How did you learn so fast?? I want to learn how to crochet too! These were hobbies I always wanted to pick up. Anyone have any tips or suggestions on how I can learn?!? Thanks!!

  • Hannah Becker

    I love knitting! My favorite thing to knit is little booties! You can make them for yourself, or to donate to kids charities, they are super easy and fun, but look really impressive!

  • LB

    i made one of these hats recently (my first time following a knitting pattern!) its cute and didnt take long, but i would recommend making it a bit smaller as mine is too big for my head!

  • Gina Vinnitsky

    You need to get on Ravelry…it’s a knitter’s heaven! There are thousands of patterns for just about anything you can think of.

  • Cat R.

    I’m excited to hear you love to knit! :) it is so fun wearing the things you make and explaining you made it!

    I loved my new hobby so much that I actually started up a fun business on the side – check it out!! :) enter Code FREESHIP for Free Shipping for all LC fans <3

  • Marvin C.

    My Fav hobby is designing & making Subwoofer(bass)Enclosures… =] …Have a Great day Lauren…X

  • Cesie Alvarez

    I don’t knit… yet! But I am looking for a fun hobby!
    (click to learn how to wear oxblood at work)

  • Samantha Lujan

    Oh! I absolutley LOVE to knit. Latley I’ve had so many half-finished projects in the works, but my favorites are a pair of boot “”socks”” (short little cuffs that go on your leg to look like long knitted socks under your boots – did I explain that right?) and a cabled nook cozy. – Also discovered and learned how to do a herringbone stitch that I am using to make a big chunky cowl. It will be my new fall staple!

  • Kristy Glenn

    I want to learn to knit! Espcially now for fall there are so many cozy things you could make. I think your next project should be a big, cozy, chunkey blanket like this one.

  • Deanne Castro

    That’s a great idea to stay warm while on a budget!

    For more fashion and beauty advice, please visit my blog:

    Today’s post: OOTD: Faling For Blue


    Follow My Fash Avenue on:

    Twitter: @myfashavenue






  • Morgann Martinson

    Have you made an infinity scarf yet? That was my first project. Im making another right now, but not sure how long it is going to be yet. If you have a lot of time, which I’m sure you don’t, maybe think about starting a little blanket or starting a blanket for a Christmas gift :)

  • Maria Rosa Herrera

    i used to love knitting so much, but i havent done it a long time ago, Just today i was looking to facebook update and there is a company from my country who sells the stuff you need and also they give you like instructions on what to do like sweaters like for example

    here is the link if you wanna check out i dont understand but maybe you will

  • Kortney Foust

    You should knit leg warmers to wear with boots this winter they would be super cute! :)

  • Kaia Kjersheim

    You should knit a sweater called “”Skappel genseren”” (The Skappel sweater) It is the biggest trend in Norway right now, and it is great! Just go in on “””” or search on google!:)

  • Michelle Lopes

    So cool – show us your completed projects for inspiration!

  • Diamenrose

    Oh thats soo cool that you knit! You know i’ve been looking forward to do it too. (hey why don’t you post someting about your knitting in crafty creations :-) ?) You could try to knit a pullover or a hat. If you could knit a pullover that would be awesome. Than you could increase the level to a cardigan. What do you think :DD

    Since you are knitting i’m feeling motivated to do it too :-)

    I’m obsessed with drawing (fashion sketches :.)

  • Kate Noto

    I don’t knit myself but my grandmother does and she makes hats, sweaters, and other stuff for babies and other people.

  • Ann Cuevas

    Girl you have no idea….I taught myself how to knit watching this show called Knitty Gritty while I was recooperating from surgery. I love every minute of it. It’s the best diet I have ever been on too…you’re so busy knitting you don’t have time to stop and snack. I have made so many funky things…it’s just so fun! I’ve made doggy sweaters, baby clothes, fingerless gloves, hats, scarves, doggy collars… :O)

  • Tiffani Stuart

    I used to knit, too!! I think every fashion girl goes through it at one point- It’s just too tempting to know that you can make something to wear, by yourself! Especially something as warm & cozy as a sweater or scarf! lol I could definitely picture you getting into it, as much as you love being warm & cozy!

  • Loren Melo

    Do some slippers :)

  • Alli C.

    My grandma taught me when I was 11 and I’ve been on and off with knitting over the years. Now I’ve really gotten into trying out different stictches and knitting blankets. They take FOREVER, but I use size 15 needles and try and do a few rows every night. Hopefully it will be done soon so I can use it this winter!

  • Rachel Elkins

    You should do a crafty creations about how to knit one of the scarves that you’ve made! I know I’d like to learn!

    xo, Rachel

  • angela roti

    I crochet and i actually made a headband for the cold weather for six friends as a Christmas gift.

  • Karoline Oppegaard

    I love to knit and to crochet. And i have been making everything from scarves, to socks and baby booties. And my next projekt would be to knit a chunky sweater! :-)

  • Jennifer Kim

    I am a nurse in a cancer center, and we have a breast cancer survivor who knits hundreds of knit caps and distributes them to our patients. With the colder weather, the patients appreciate it so much since a lot of them have lost most of their hair. Maybe you could knit hats for a local cancer center??

  • Mim

    You definitely need to knit some slippers! Slippers made out of yarn will become your favorite footwear! They are SO cozy! and you can make them in all colors to match your pjs!!! I have a great pattern that was my grandmother’s that I would love to share with you! You just have to know how to knit and purl!

  • Allie King

    I have tried knitting…all that I have been able to do is start a headband. Its like making a scarf but way smaller and takes a lot less time. You can even embellish it:)

  • Jenni Christner

    Socks! I love knitting socks. There are some amazing sock yarns available (check etsy)! And, it is a small project that is easy to take along where ever you are headed. Besides, hand knit socks are lovely warm in winter!

  • Vita

    Have you tried a knitted neck scarf? Mittens or gloves? I like neck scarves, so I think it would be a good look on you. I posted a picture of an example on my profile if you want to check it out.

  • Emily Wunderlich

    I love to crochet but do not know how to read patterns at all so that I have made so far is blanket and scarfs.

  • sabrina doi

    Knit a long bra! these are totally in style right now! (anyone who shops at brandy melville would know!) its like a knit bra thats extra long, like a cropped tank top almost. Made out of yarn! its radical! you wear it with something high waisted. Its the best look for knits yet!!<3

  • Claudia Merrill

    Knitting is soo addicting but I can never sit still enough to finish a project! Perhaps try a coin purse (they’re really easy trust me!) or even a bag? Could be fun as a loose summer beach ‘bag’ or a winter cuddley satchel. :)

  • Araceli Saldana

    this is the funniest thing just today i was talking to one of my patients about knitting and she said she would teach me!! im so eager to learn!!

  • Giselle Escamilla

    I always wanted to learn how to knit! I know how to crochet its a lot fun!! I have made two scarves but they don’t look good haha at least I’m trying! But right now i don’t have a hobby!:( But i will start learning how to knit!

  • Rachel Starr

    I want to learn how to knit but I love to crochet! I’ve recently started selling the animal hats I crochet to all my friends with little kids! It’s super addicting and make great gifts.

  • Emilie

    naww cute

    xo Emilie @

  • Frances Lunney

    Try some fingerless mitts or a neckwarmer…maybe a cable. Something like the patterns in my Etsy shop:

    but there are oodles of free patterns on Ravelry too. If you haven’t learned about

    you should definitely check it out.

  • Jordan Estep

    I have always wanted to learn to knit but have known how to crochet since I was a kid. I recently got back into it and love making gifts for friends. I also have problems finishing big projects. I have been working on a sweater for myself since last winter and hope that I can finall get it done by this winter! :) Small projects are the best for me like mittens, scarves and hats!

  • Tiffany Fleming

    I absolutely love to knit–if you haven’t checked out Purl Soho’s blog,, you are missing out!

  • Megan Malewich

    love knitting, and i’m still in high school. My friends say I’m a granny then come to me begging for me to knit them a scarf :p. Currently knitting a chevron cowl and its coming out lovely!

  • Stephanie Schmidt

    I love to knit. I enjoy making things that will put a smile on someone’s face. I just recently knitted placemats and swiffer covers for a wedding present for my brother

  • Chloe Buck

    Knit a sweater!!

  • Katelyn Hynes

    I love knitting as well, I’ve been doing it for about 2 years now, and I just have to knit everything. My room looks like a yarn bomb went off, you should give cool yarn-storage suggestions! My current weird and awesome projects are high waisted cabled shorts, and a cabled cropped bustier/corset. An oversized bow-earwarmer is an easy project and also fun to wear.

  • Lauren B

    I love to knit but lately I’m really into crocheting, have you ever tried it? I live in NYC and spend lots of time travelling on the subway; crocheting is my favorite productive way to pass the time :)

  • Megan Babin

    I am also in the beginning learning stages of Knitting..and I love it!! My first ever knit project I did on tuesday, a pillow I am working on a cowl…there is an awesome girl on youtube that knits the cutest things…heres her youtube channel I just found her channel the other day and its what inspired me to knit……hope she doesn’t mind that I just shared her channel on here lol…..I have been crocheting for a few years now (my mom taught me) and mom always wanted to learn how to knit, but never got a chance, so after I get better I hope to pass my new skills on to her, like she did for me :)

  • Sara Pelham

    Knitting is timeless!! Definitely something to be shared with others.. i hope to learn one day

  • Maria Ion

    i love knitting! it may seem weird but it is very nice and anti – stressing! i have made two scarfs and now i am finishing a sweater

  • Yolande Fiddy

    I’ve just started to learn, literally today and my mum is helping me with techniques, its awesome, i’m also left handed so its good i’ve found something that I can do :)

  • JenH

    I love knitting too! I started out making several scarves, it’s so easy! Now I’m attempting to make a baby blanket. If you think about it, it’s pretty much like making a very wide and long scarf!

  • Nathalia

    I learned knitting last year and did a shawl, and then started on socks. Knitting Socks is actually really easy, and after a few hunchback-looking bears, I think I am getting the hang of it. You should try it, since you learn some more basic techniques.

  • Kate Noto

    My grandma has a lot of yarn that she uses to knit with. She makes baby sweaters and hats and I think she makes other things to but I’m not sure. Your next project should be making baby sweaters.

  • Ryan Page Haas

    Lauren! You must join a website called Ravelry! It’s the facebook for knitters. Check it out and friend me at username ryanpagehaas.

  • Mandie Lopez

    I used YouTube to teach myself to crochet. Everyone got scarves for Christmas this year. Now I want to learn to add more colors, and even try making a blanket or a beanie this year. It’s great for when I’m bored or when I just want the T.V. off and listen to the quiet on my days off. I love it!

  • Kylen

    I agree with Ryan. Definitely join ravelry. It is heaven for newly obsessed knitters.



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