The Beginners Guide to Knitting
As a busy mom and wife, I was looking to pick up a new hobby. I wanted a creative outlet as well as a way to slow down. I asked a friend to teach me how to knit and a decade later I’m thankful that she taught me! There is something meditative about slowing down and concentrating on twisting yarn around a needle.
I consider myself a curious knitter. I have knit things ranging from washcloths to sweaters, shawls, socks and blankets. But, I’m always curious to learn more and try something new.
What is Knitting?
- Knitting is the craft where you form loops to create a fabric that is shaped or seamed into a finished product.
How to get started with Knitting
- One of the great things about knitting is that it is very inexpensive to start. All you need is knitting needles and yarn (or string, ribbon, thread, rope, etc. Basically, any sort of strip fiber.)
Tips for Success in Knitting
- Start off simple with a project that doesn’t require specific sizing to fit.
- Examine the stitches you are creating so you can learn to identify when a stitch doesn’t look correct.
- Maintain ergonomic posture and give yourself opportunities to stretch to avoid any pains or repetitive use injuries.
- Treat it as a process of learning how to create uniformed stitches. This will help make it a more relaxing experience.
Common Questions/FAQ About Knitting
- What products do I need to start knitting?
- For your first knitting project, all you really need are knitting needles and yarn (or thread, string, ribbon, rope, etc.) . All those accessories and tools are helpful but really not necessary. So grab some knitting needles and yarn and you’re ready to go!
- What yarn should I use?
- There is no knitting police, so you won’t get in trouble for using a certain type of yarn. It is all a matter of personal preference. However, with that said, there are some yarns that might work better for certain projects.
- How many different techniques do I have to learn?
- To complete a knitting project, you only have to learn to cast on, bind off and probably the knit and purl stitches (or even just the knit stitch.)
- Can I knit if I am left handed?
- Yes, you can! You can learn to hold yarn and knit as a righty would or you can learn to knit holding things with your more dominant hand.
- What kinds of things can I knit?
- There are a range of projects you can knit. Clothing, accessories, blankets, home decor, pet clothing or toys, children’s toys, purses, and more.
- Do I have to knit a gauge swatch?
- Nope. But if you’re knitting a garment or something to a specific size then you’d probably want to knit a gauge swatch to have a more accurate idea of size.
- Are knitting and crochet the same thing?
- No. For knitting you have stitches on one knitting needle and then work the stitches onto a second needle. For crochet, you use one crochet hook to pull yarn through stitches from your project to create new loops and a larger fabric.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about Knitting
- There is no knitting police. Even if you make a mistake – you decide if you want to consider it a “design element” or if you’d prefer to rip back or “frog” your work and correct it.
- Knitting can be a very meditative and relaxing hobby. It is also a great hobby to take on the go if you have time to wait and craft.