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Everything You Need to Start Knitting

Updated on January 28, 2011
ChemKnits provides many how to knit tips and tutorials
ChemKnits provides many how to knit tips and tutorials | Source

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.

Knitting Instructions

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!

Knitting Tutorials

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.

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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. 


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      Michele Kelsey 4 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

      Great guidelines for a new knitter. You covered just about everything. This should help those who are teaching themselves how to knit. Thanks for sharing! Michele

    • Cathy Crowley profile image

      Cathy Crowley 7 years ago from Dallas Texas

      I liked your article and would love to knit. I have made several pieces on the knifty knitting loom, but It's not really knitting! Keep up the good work and check out my pages, I'm new here.