Knitting is one of the oldest and most versatile crafts we have to help create clothes without any large equipment and has since become a hobby loved by millions of people.
Whilst there have been manuals for hundreds of years showing people how to knit, the art is one that is wonderfully simple to learn but has so many intricacies to master that can lead to some wonderful designs.
Here are some ways to get started with knitting.
Get Your Supplies
The beauty of knitting is that you do not need a lot of equipment to get started. You do not need a loom or a sewing machine, but you just need some high-quality yarn, a pair of needles and a pair of scissors to cut the end off when you are done.
When it comes to yarn, the ideal traits to go for when starting out are a smooth yarn with a light colour to help your stitches look clearer whilst you are learning, of a medium thickness to allow you to get a feel for how the yarn behaves when you start knitting.
As for needles, bamboo is a great place to start as your stitches are far less likely to slip compared to needle ones. Pick up some large eye plastic needles as well as a crochet hook to help with dropped stitches.
The First Three Techniques
Three techniques are vital to learn when you start knitting:
- Cast On,
- Knit And Purl Stitches,
- Cast Off.
Casting on is simply getting the yarn onto the needle. There are loads of ways to do this, but the simplest is the backwards loop, where you hook the yarn around your thumb and then put the needle between the yarn and thumb and gently pull upwards and away, creating a loop on the needle.
Knit stitches and purl stitches are at the core of knitting and form the majority of stitch types you will need. Knit stitches create a v-shaped pattern whilst purl stitches create a wavy pattern.
Casting off is when you create a neat end to your design, which can be as simple as passing each loop over an adjacent stitch.
The more you practice, the easier it gets, so feel free to get going on projects.
Start With A Scarf
Most people learning to knit start out by knitting a scarf, and it is really easy to see why. It is a very simple design with lots of room to learn, and because it is quite a large project, it is a fantastic way to learn stitches without simply making swatches.
Swatches are also very useful for learning a particular pattern and practising with different fibres and techniques.
Bracelets and neck warmers are also good places to start if you do not want to necessarily commit to a full scarf.