Everything You Need to Start Knitting
Learn How to Knit
Knitting is a relaxing hobby that helps you release tension, improve dexterity and create fabulous knit items. I have met many people who say they wish they knew how to knit, but were too intimidated to try the craft. In this hub, I am going to explain what you need to get started knitting.
Like anything else you may try to learn, knitting takes time. You may pick up how to make the stitches quickly, but keep in mind that a lot of time is required to complete your first project.
Choosing your first Knitting needles and yarn
Choosing the right materials will help you a lot when you try to learn how to knit.
Worsted Weight Yarn: This is the most common yarn weight that I use. It isn't super thick, but it is easy to work with and easy to identify the stitches.
Knitting Needles for Worsted Weight Yarn: Depending on how tightly you knit, I recommend using knitting needles between sizes 6-8 for knitting with worsted weight yarn. Remember that the thicker your yarn, the larger knitting needles you will need.
Learn to Knit Books
There are many places where you can find instructions to help you with your knitting. For beginners, I recommend looking at multiple sources. Head to your local library to check out some "How to Knit" books. Don't forget that Learning to Knit requires patience!
Some people learn best from reading books, others learn from watching videos. I have created a number of how to knit video tutorials (see below for an example) that may help get you started.
Casting On Knit Stitches
What should my first project be?
I recommend starting with a small project like a hat (knitting in the round is not as complicated as it sounds!) Many new knitters start knitting scarves and then become quickly discouraged when they realize how long it will take them to finish the scarf. If you want to make a scarf, try to knit one with stripes as it will make it easier to see that you are making progress.