Lately it seems like everyone is taking a ride on the knitting bandwagon. From famous people, like actress Amanda Seyfried, to male and female friends and family members — everyone wants to learn how to knit! If you’re reading this because you’ve decided that today is the day you’re going to finally learn how to do this addictive hobby, then you’re in luck! Together, we’ll unravel the tangled mystery that is knitting, and by the end of this post, you’ll be well on your way to creating your first knit scarf! Are you ready for a few “purls” of wisdom? (Please forgive my knitting puns). Let’s get started!
How to Knit: Basic Materials
Many people who have been knitting for years have tons of supplies. We’re talking 40+ different types of yarn, plus every size of knitting needles imaginable. While you’ll eventually need to familiarize yourself with all the different types of needles – straight, circular and double pointed – for now, let’s just stick to the basics. To get started practicing, you’ll need three main things:
- Straight single point knitting needles (the larger you can get, the easier it will be)
- Yarn (thicker yarn is good for beginners)
Basic Knitting Tutorials and Techniques
Because you’re learning something new, you’re going to need to grasp a few basic techniques before starting complicated projects. For your convenience, we’ve rounded up some of our top knitting tutorials, so you can get started learning a new hobby today!
- Gauge and Knitting Needles
- How to Cast On
- Making a Slip Knot
- Knitting Tutorial: Knit Stitch
- How to Bind Off/Cast Off
- Determining Your Gauge
- How to Decrease Stitches
- How to Increase Stitches
Free Easy Knitting Patterns
Shifting Colors Dishcloth Scarf – This fast knitting pattern is ideal for a beginner. In this pattern, you’ll get plenty of practice using the knit stitch by whipping up five basic squares. Once your squares are complete, seam them together to make a trendy scarf!
Easy Beginner Knitted Hat – Made with straight knitting needles, this project will allow a beginner to practice several techniques including the knit stitch, knitting with two strands of yarn at the same time, and basic seaming methods. Once your baby hat is seamed up, embellish it with a fun, homemade pom pom!
Simple Cotton Dishcloth – Get practice knitting by creating something practical for the kitchen! This easy knit dishcloth is the perfect beginner pattern to work on while watching some T.V. It’s small, fast to finish and it’s extremely portable.
How to: Knitting Videos
If you’re like me, then you’re more of a visual learner. If reading the articles above just isn’t making sense, you won’t want to miss this collection of knitting videos below. Whether you’re completely new to the hobby, or you just need a little refresher, these videos will help you pick up your needles and start knitting!
I hope that all of these free tutorials have helped you get started, and that you’re already halfway finished with your first scarf! Remember, knitting really isn’t that complicated. There are just two stitches to learn: the knit stitch and the purl stitch. Every other special stitch is just a combination of those two stitches. That doesn’t sound all that bad, right?
And while you’re picking up a new hobby, why not check out a new project and giveaway every day in March? We’re celebrating National Craft Month in a big way. Check out today’s post for your chance to win an awesome prize!