Knitting can be an exceedingly relaxing and enjoyable interest.
So long as you’ll be able to hold 2 knitting needles and recognize your left from your right (most of the time) and read some quite simple directions, it is possible to knit.
It doesn’t really need to be expensive to get started at all or call for fancy kits you many can see in bookstores. All the information you need to get started is out there on the web at no cost.
First,look at easyknitting.net and search for phrases like “learn to knit” or Knitting for Beginners at easyknitting.net. You will see a ton of information available and it is all at your fingertips. It’s essential to learn to begin with is the right way to cast on using the “long tail” method, the knit stitch and how you can cast off. Anything else can be learned later after you’ve gained some self-confidence with these three methods.
You do not need a kit to begin with nor must you spend a lot of money on supplies. Yarn stores are lovely but you can also find exactly what you need at any local craft stores.
Shopping for needles may be daunting. One can find a lot of styles and materials available on the market. Some knitters favor metal needles but there is also bamboo or wood and plastic sets and all work just as well. The size you will probably want to begin with is a pair of straight US 8 or 9 needles.
As for yarn, and here, it might genuinely get expensive, but only if you let it. If you are a novice or first time knitter, resist the urge to get anything which is fuzzy, furry or has anything hanging off the strand of yarn, at least for now. Currently, there are many beautiful yarns for you to play and create with but probably are not one of the best to learn with. Because of the fuzz or fur, you’ll not be able to easily see what the actual yarn is doing and could certainly lead to frustrations.
For the newbie knitter, find a nice cotton, polyester, acrylic or some sort of “blended” yarn and when you have paid over five dollars on yarn, you have either purchased too much (at this time) or paid too much. Never get something that does not feel nice to you either. There are tons of soft, comfy yarns out there for you to play around with. Choose a colour you like too. You don’t have excuse to be knitting using a color if you don’t like it. Any yarn department is like a fiber rainbow.
Hence, go through the instructions with the needles and yarn in hand. Now what? Stick to the instructions and diagrams. If it does not work, that’s no problem. Yarn is quite forgiving and allows you to pull out the mistakes. If after several attempts you are still having problems, go to another website and check out their instructions. All of us has a somewhat different method to teach and the right one is out there for you to find.
Probably 99.9% of all beginners start with a scarf as their first project. Scarves are good, scarves make lovely presents, scarves will help you with the basic techniques. There are some people out there who start out with a sweater as their first project, and well… good for them. Remember, you can always remove your mistakes regardless of what your project is.
The most important thing about Easy Knitting is to not give up. You will have frustrations but if you push though it and obtain the fundamentals down, it is also possible to knit anything at all!