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HOW TO START KNITTING
Knitting may seem complex, but the reality is that anyone can give it a go, that’s why it’s enjoying such a revival! Grab your needles and get started on your first project.
It’s been a long time since knitting was considered the pastime of old ladies. Knitting is popular with all age groups but has had a particular surge with those in their 20s and 30s. “Stitch and bitch” groups run all over the country, where knitters of all standards are encouraged to come along, share their patterns and enjoy a chat with like-minded individuals. As well as being incredibly relaxing, knitting also appeals because you get to create something to keep – whether that be a scarf, a blanket or even an arm knitted throw.
Some people are under the misconception that knitting is incredibly difficult, and while it’s true that there are some complex and intricate patterns out there for the experts to try, knitting is also a wonderful hobby for complete beginners to get to grips with. Here’s how to get started.
Choosing Your First Project
We all have to start somewhere, and when you’re new to the hobby, it’s best to ease yourself in gently with some simple knitting patterns. As your first project, many people opt to knit a scarf. This will give you great practice, and with it’s simple rectangle shape, it’s an easy piece to work on. However, due to its length, it might take you a while. If you would prefer some quicker results, then you might want to try your hand at knitting a small square coaster, which shouldn’t take too long at all.
Picking Your Yarn
Being faced with reels of yarn can be mind-boggling as there are so many colors and textures to choose from. Start by considering the weight of the yarn and what your project involves. Thicker yarn with a heavier weight is easier for beginners to work with and means that your creation will progress faster. But if you have your heart set on a thin, softer finish to your scarf for example, then you’ll need to work with more delicate wool; although this will take longer.
Learning To Cast On
Begin by taking your yarn ball and making a loose slip knot at the end. You can then slide this knot onto your knitting needle and tighten it gently so that it is secure. Hold this needle in your left hand, and the empty needle in your right hand which will control the yarn. The right needle should then be placed into the slip knot and under the left needle. You must then pull the yarn through the middle of the stitch and transfer the loop onto the left needle to make a second stitch. The right needle goes between the two stitches you’ve created; you’ll then need to loop the yarn beneath and around the right needle as previously. Continue this method until you’ve completed the required number of stitches as illustrated in your pattern. The quickest way to learn is to watch some knitting videos.
As your confidence grows you may want to move on from the basic stitch, also known as a garter stitch. The natural next step up is to try the purl stitch, but there are many others to try as you progress such as the stockinette, the seed or the bamboo.
Knitting is all about practice and creativity, so why not start enjoying the benefits of this relaxing, sociable pastime? Grab your needles and get started on your first knitting project!
So Sassy Peeps, do you love to knit, or have you always wanted to learn? If so, this is the guide for you! Tell us your thoughts on this cool and relaxing pass time! Inquiring minds want to know!
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