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Knitting For The Beginner

Knitting for the beginner is a great hobby to start because you can learn the basics in a short period of time without having to spend a lot of money on supplies. Knitting is not only relaxing and meditative, it’s also a great creative outlet. While one must take special care when knitting with arthritis or joint pain, there are tips and tricks to help keep knitting fun and pain free. Some even claim that knitting helps keep their fingers and hands flexible.

The fun part of knitting is that you are creating…and you can create just about anywhere. It’s a wonderfully mobile hobby that you can take virtually anywhere and do at any time. There’s almost an endless supply of resources available to help you learn techniques, projects, and patterns. Knitting for the beginner is a hobby you can evolve over time as your skills and experience improve. Most knitters that we know never get bored with the hobby.

Where Did Knitting Come From?

The history of knitting seems to date back to the Egyptians. The earliest knitted artifacts were complex colorful wool fragments and indigo blue and white cotton stockings from the 11th and 14th centuries. It is believed to have spread from Egypt to Europe by the Mediterranean trade routes. Knitting came to America with the colonists.

The word knit is derived from the word knot. This makes sense because the first form of knitting was done by tying thread into a series of knots and loops using a single needle. Many may find it interesting that men were the only ones allowed to join knitting guilds during the renaissance while women took care of the spinning. In many other cultures men are knitters also. Sailors, fishermen and shepherds all used to knit as did many soldiers. So, even if you are a male you can grab a book on knitting for the beginner and enjoy this hobby, too!

Knitting Fun Facts

Getting Started With Knitting For The Beginner

Knitting For The Beginner

Knitting can be done on two straight needles, circular needles or a knitting machine. You can create many different patterns by combining the two main stitches known as knit and purl.

Although knitting for the beginner should start with the more basic patterns, as you become more experienced you can easily learn the more complicated patterns and projects.

The main terms in basic knitting are going to be the words “cast on” which means placing the right amount of stitches on the knitting needle to begin the project. The terms “knit” and “purl” are the two main stitches used for any instructions. And the term “bind off” means removing the stitches from the needle.

You will also need to learn the different types of yarn although the most common is 4 ply knitting worsted yarn. The term “skein” refers to a ball of yarn and is typically 4 ounces.

After you purchase your pattern book, needles and yarn, you can get started in this hobby for about $30.

How To Start Knitting

Step 1

The very first thing you will need to get started is a pattern book which will give you a list of items you will need such as the size of needles and the type of yarn as well as how much yarn is needed to complete the project. Most books that focus on knitting for the beginner will have easy projects to get you started in the wonderful world of knitting. We recommend picking a pattern book that has plenty of pictures demonstrating each technique you need to learn. It is often much easier to understand the project instructions and steps if you can also see pictures.

Step 2

One nice thing about taking up knitting for a hobby is that it is very inexpensive to get started. Knitting needles are only a few dollars per set and yarn is about four or five dollars a skein. For your first project you probably won’t need much more equipment than that (and the pattern book). As you learn and begin to create more complicated items you will need to add stitch holders, stitch markers, and yarn needles to sew the pieces together. Although none of these items are terribly expensive, you don’t really need to go out and buy them right away.

Step 3

Once you have your pattern, needles and yarn you can begin to learn the art of knitting immediately. Don’t get too discouraged if it doesn’t turn out perfect on your first try. As with all new things, practice makes perfect and before you know it you will be knitting like a pro!

Tips And Tricks

The following tips and tricks for knitting for the beginner can make this hobby easier to learn and more enjoyable…

Ways To Grow Your Knitting Hobby

As you progress from knitting for the beginner to more advanced knitting techniques and projects, here are some ideas to help you grow your hobby…

Related Knitting Resources

The following resources can help you get the most out of your knitting hobby…

The Knitting Guild Association [1] – TKGA, with over 10,000 members, this is the largest knitting association in America and a starting point for knitters searching for new ideas, products and patterns.

Ravelry.com [2] – Ravelry is a community site providing a forum for knitters and crocheters to share tips and tricks. The site also provides a comprehensive yarn and pattern database.

KnittingHelp.com [3] – A very cool knitting site that provides free videos and how-to resources for knitting for the beginner.