If you are looking for ways on how to get started in knitting, read on.
As long as you can hold two knitting needles, know your left hand from your right hand, and learn to follow a knitting pattern, knitting can be a very relaxing and pleasurable hobby.
Luckily if you have the internet at your disposal, which I take it you have as you are reading this article, it is easier and cheaper than ever to start knitting.
There are countless tutorials, patterns and even books that you can purchase online that will help you on how to get started in knitting. In fact, the only money you will need in the beginning is for some knitting needles and wool to start practising with. (Most of us have this lying around the house somewhere anyway)
How To Get Started In Knitting
First, try Google with terms like “learn to knit” or “knitting for beginners”. There will be oodles of information and videos out there and it is all at your fingertips.
Sites like Vogue Knitting and Martha Stewart can also be very helpful, especially if they include pictures, videos or diagrams. The three things you need to learn to get started is how to cast on using the “long tail” method, the knit stitch and how to cast off. Everything else can be learned later after you have gained some confidence with these three techniques. Try reading this post to get you started and watching the video’s to save you time and effort. You can also read this one to get the basics going.
You don’t need a kit to get started nor do you need to spend a lot of money on supplies. Yarn stores are lovely but you can also find exactly what you need at your local craft stores.
Shopping for needles can be daunting. There are so many styles and types out there. Some knitters prefer metal needles but there are also bamboo, wood and plastic sets that all work just as well. The size you will probably want to start out with is a pair of straight US 8 or 9 needles.
As for yarn, this is where it can really get expensive, but only if you let it. If you are a novice or first-time knitter, resist the urge to buy anything that is fuzzy, furry or seems to have anything hanging off the strand of yarn. Nowadays, there are some beautiful yarns for you to play and create with but they may not be the best to learn with. Because of the fuzz or fur, you will not be able to easily see what the actual yarn is doing and this can lead to frustrations.
For the beginner knitter, find a nice cotton, polyester, acrylic or some kind of “blended” yarn and if you’ve paid over five dollars on yarn, you have either bought too much (at this time) or spent too much. Don’t get something that doesn’t feel nice to you either. There are tons of soft, comfy yarns out there for you to play around with. Choose a colour you like too. There is no excuse to be knitting with a colour that doesn’t inspire you.
So find a good video online and go through the directions with the needles and yarn in hand. If it doesn’t workfor you, that is not a problem. Yarn is very forgiving and allows you to pull out the mistakes. If after several attempts you are still having problems, go to another web site and look at their directions. Everyone has a slightly different way to teach and the right one is out there, you just need to find it.
Here is just one example of an amazing book you can purchase online for under $10 that will teach you to knit in under 12 hours.
Knitting: Crash Course – The Ultimate Beginner’s Course to Learning How to Knit In Under 12 Hours – Including Quick Projects & Detailed Images
Are You Ready to Learn Knitting Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible?
Welcome to the Ultimate Crash Course on how to get started in knitting with hundreds of detailed pictures inside. Are you ready to discover one of the most amazing crafts of all times? Knitting is healthy, funny and one of the cheapest hobbies in the world?
Surprise your family, relatives and even a loved one with a hand-made knitted gift? Whether you are an amateur just getting started, or perhaps you already know a few things about this amazing craft and you’d like to reach the next level, this course will approach knitting from all sides.
The idea is to get all the necessary skills to learn how to knit in under 12 hours. Yes!, 12 hours. You will learn from the ABCS of knitting (the necessary supplies that you will need, all the stitches, how to read patterns, and even some advanced techniques that will help you to make your own projects.
The idea is very simple. You will learn knitting from zero to hero. We will go from the root to the top of this amazing craft.
Here Is A Preview Of What You’ll Learn Inside…
- The ABC’s of Knitting
- Basic Supplies You Will Need to Start Knitting
- Our First Stitch Your First Project: The Handmade Dishcloth
- Your Second Project: The Easy Hat
- Your Third Project: The Textured Scarf
- Your Fourth Project: The Cabled Headband
- Your Fifth Project: A Dishcloth on the Bias Blocking Techniques
- Reading a Written Knitting Pattern
- A Collection of Projects to Keep You Going
BONUS: Hints, Tips, and Reminders Troubleshooting and much, much more!
Probably 99.9% of all beginners start with a scarf as their first project. Scarves are easy, make lovely presents and will help you with the basic techniques. There are some people out there who start out with a sweater as their first project, and well… good for them. Remember, you can always undo your mistakes regardless of what your project is.
The most important thing about how to get started in knitting is to not give up. There will be frustrations in the beginning, but if you push through it and get the basics down, you will be able to knit anything!