The only tools you’ll need for learning to knit is a pair of knitting needles, a skein of yarn and some scissors. I would suggest for your first skein of yarn, you just pick up
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something inexpensive so you knit some and then tear it out and try again.What you need at first is just practice and then you’ll be ready to knit a project. My first projects were dishcloths and scarves, both of which offer lots of ideas for beginners.
Nowadays, for those who want to learn to knit, the Internet provides an invaluable resource. There are knitting videos on YouTube and other websites, for instance. Many times it helps to actually see the stitch being done, as opposed to a picture and description in a book. There are also many websites with easy knitting patterns for beginners, which I will also list here.
There are many potential places for a beginner to trip up, like what should you do if you drop a stitch or what does SSK mean? Don’t stress out if you make a mistake or run into something you don’t know. Just Google the term and somebody out there can help you.
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About.com is a wealth of information for those who want to learn to knit. From casting on, increasing and decreasing, learning different stitches and casting off, this website has pictures and instructions. There are also tips for beginners and easy patterns for beginners, as well as how to fix knitting mistakes. When I’ve run into a stitch I wasn’t sure how to do, I’d usually check at About.com to see what Sarah White has to say. She also puts out a nice knitting newsletter, delivered directly to your inbox.
Lion Brand also has a great Learn to Knit Series. There are written instructions with pictures and also videos for each topic, such as cast on, purl stitch, left handed knitting and more. Lion Brand also offers lots and lots of free knitting patterns. Just put beginner into the pattern search. I came up with over 1,000 patterns you could do with just the basics.
AllFreeKnitting offers some wonderful knitting tutorials. Would you like to know more than the basics, say how to add fringe to a scarf or how to incorporate beads into your patterns? AllFreeKnitting also has a free newsletter and lots of free patterns. Click here to get a How to Knit for Beginners: 9 Free Tutorials delivered right to your email.
KnittingHelp.com has great tips for getting started when you’re learning to knit. Each step also offers videos in both English and Continental style knitting. This site also has a forum if you need help with your knitting.
If you’ve had some practice with knitting, like casting on and off, knit and purl, you’re ready to try a patterns. Look for those marked “beginner” level. I would suggest not spending a lot on yarn until you feel really confident. Stores like Joann, Hobby Lobby and Michaels offer coupons in the Sunday newspaper or you can sign up with them online and get coupons, such as 40% off one item. On holidays, many of these stores offer specials like 10% off your entire purchase.
Check your local yarn shop too. You’re likely to get lots of help there in choosing patterns and yarns, as well as knitting help if you get stuck.
You don’t have to purchase knitting books or videos but one advantage of purchasing a learn to knit book is that they always include patterns that you can knit with just the few beginning techniques they show you.
Learning to knit isn’t difficult. Just have patience with yourself and don’t be afraid to rip out and start over. You’re learning after all!