How To Begin Your Knitting Journey

What to do when you start knitting

I get this question a lot at festivals and on social media.

You are excited to get into knitting, but when you start you don't even know where to begin. There is so much information out there on yarn, needles, stitches and patterns.  

You are not alone. I have done this many times and I have been knitting for 20+ years.

I am here to help clear the clouds and bring clarity into your journey.  This journey is meant to be as fun and stress relieving as possible.

Start with the basics.  You might wonder what this means.  I am here to guide you through all the knitting information.  

Let's begin.

  1. Choosing the right type of knitting yarn. Start with purchasing cheap yarn or maybe some of your yarny friends might gift you something out of their stash.  A medium worsted weight would be the easiest to see.  Also, choose a lighter color because you can easily see your work. 
  2. Now let's consider the needles.  For myself, I noticed that I enjoy knitting with bamboo needles.  The yarn doesn't slide off the needles like it does with metal.  Purchase a slim variety of sizes so you can experiment with the yarn. Different sized needles will create different sized swatches.  (A swatch is a rectangular or square knitted piece)  The size of your needle will also affect how comfortable your knitting experience will be. Choose a 10 inch length. 
     Dk Weight/ light Worsted Suggested Needle Size- 5-7
  3. Now, what should you knit.  I would start off practicing squares and rectangles.  The easiest project you could have is knitting up a scarf.
  4. The last piece of advice I can share with you is to ask an experienced knitting. This is a good one to have in your arsenal. The knitting community is committed to sharing their skill happily with others. You can find them locally and online.  All of them are so willing and happy to help.  

Here are some videos to get you started.

 Casting on:

 

Learning the Knit stitch

 

Learn the Purl Stitch

 

Happy Yarning,

DawnAurora