Knitting is fast becoming a popular hobby again. The techniques for knitting are easy and fun to learn. You can learn the basic stitches then be on your way to creating interesting projects.
So have you caught the knitting bug? Have you learned the basic stitches and are now wondering what to do? With a little practice and tips from experienced knitters, you can be creating awesome creations in no time.
Once you learn three basic techniques you will find that there are numerous projects you can learn to knit. The three basic foundations of knitting are casting on, the knit stitch, and the purl stitch. Once you master these three techniques you can begin to add more advanced knitting skills.
You can learn the basic stitches from other knitters, online or from a book. You can truly only become a functional knitter from practicing as much as possible.
Starting out you will want to use medium gauge wool yarn which is the easiest yarn to start out with. It may not be the prettiest, flashiest novelty yarn, but it’s the easiest yarn to learn how to knit with. You do not want to use cotton since it has no give in it. Wool has just a bit of stretch so it is much easier to learn with.
Your local yarn shop is a great place for both beginners and veteran knitters. It is an excellent place to have your questions answered when you begin to choose your yarns and patterns.
Knitting has always been a social hobby. Similar to scrapbooking where women meet to work on their scrapbooking in gatherings called “crops”, knitters have sessions called “stitch and bitch”. Women bring their projects, knit together, and chat.
These knitting groups are a great place to learn to knit from experienced knitters. They can give you advice and show your hands-on skills. Advanced knitters are also able to improve their skills by watching the talents of others who can share various techniques.
Lessons are a great way to learn basic knitting skills. It is usually worth the money to have someone teach the knit and purl stitches. The local shop usually offers individual or group beginning knitter classes. It will take you just one or two classes before you feel confident enough to attempt an easy project. Of course, outside of class, you will want to practice as much as possible.
When you start to knit you will not really begin with a project. Most likely you will learn by knitting a swatch about 2 feet long just for practice. Once you can complete that you will rip it all out, roll it up, and start all over again. It is not necessarily fun but you will begin to feel comfortable with the knit and purl stitches. You should not start a real project until you can successfully knit the swatch with no dropped stitches or gaping holes.
The easiest first project is a scarf. It is simple and you really do not have to worry too much about gauge. It is the best project, to begin with, to practice your skill. If it is summer and a scarf does not sound too appealing, try a decorative scarf in a lightweight cotton yarn that can be used in place of a necklace, or used as a belt.
Knitting is a really fun hobby. You will find it relaxing and enjoyable. You will love all the colors and textures of fibers available. You will love to make things and give them as gifts. Knitting is a great hobby for all seasons and all ages.