KNITTING FOR BEGINNERS

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If you’re visiting my website then you’ve decided to learn knitting. The first thing a new knitter must decide is what to knit. It takes time to learn to knit and certain things take different skill levels, but usually something flat, square and small is ideal for a first project. For example, an elegant blanket or throw would be a project for a seasoned knitter, while a scarf is a perfect project for beginners.

Choosing what to knit and subsequently choosing a knitting pattern for that object is a step that should involve some attention to details. Most patterns will be marked with a specific skill level. Beginners should always select a pattern that is recommended as “beginner” or “easy”. These patterns will ensure that the new knitter will not become overwhelmed. Knitting for beginners can be difficult at first and requires time and patience to develop skills.

Choosing a suitable type of yarn is also very important. Many beginners may see a particular yarn that catches the eye, but it is important to remember to be certain the yarn will comply with the project at hand. Knitting yarns will usually have a weight number on them ranging between 0 and 6. Yarns measuring about 3 or 4 are a good choice for novices. The yarn should be thick, but not too thick because sometimes yarn will unwind if mistakes are made that require removing some stitches and then re-stitching. Also it is important to find the smoothest yarn possible. Yarns that appear fluffy or frizzy are harder for beginners to use; a smooth yarn will allow the knitter to see what is being stitched much more clearly than a fluffy yarn.

Knitting needles must also be chosen; this is not as simple as grabbing any needle. Knitters new to the craft will find that long and straight needles are best when beginning the first project. Very skinny or thick needles should be avoided as they may feel awkward at first. Any size between 6 and 9 are usually optimal for beginners. Wooden single-point needles are the best choice for beginners. Sometimes wood needles are difficult to find; if this is the case, a plastic needle may be chosen. Wood especially does not allow such easy slipping of the yarn during the process.

Another dilemma faced by those learning to knit is style. There are two styles widely debated as to which is “better”, however “better” may only be decided by the knitter and which style is easier to that individual. The first style is called “throwing”; basically this means that the yarn is held in the right hand. “Picking” is the style in which the yarn is held in the left hand. Depending on whether a person is right or left-handed, their choice between picking or throwing will be solely dependent upon which feels easier and more comfortable.

To learn more please visit my pages on knitting instructions and beginners knitting kit. If you’re wanting to dive into your first project then please visit my  knitting patterns for beginners page where you’ll find a selection of free (and easy) knitting patterns.

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