6 Useful Tips for Beginner Knitters
There are many allures to taking up knitting, including being able to make your own snug clothes for the wintertime, enjoying an activity that you can share with other knitting enthusiasts, expressing your creativity and skill, and last but not least creating some fantastic Christmas presents for family and friends in the form of funky scarves and cute mittens!
With that said, getting started with knitting can be daunting, so here are 6 top tips from the more experienced among us to help you on your way with your new hobby.
The first piece of advice to any beginner knitter is to find a highly recommended book or website to help you get started with the basics of the craft. A word of warning here though – many books aimed at beginners can be too confusing or complex, so it is worth taking your time to shop around to find a resource that comes highly recommended by others.
This leads to our second tip, which is to make contact with other more experienced knitters in order to get their advice on getting started. They will not only be able to help you when you get stuck, but will also recommend the resources that they used when they were first getting to grips with using knitting needles and grappling with all the different types of knitting yarn. One way to find these individuals is by looking for a knitting club in your local area – whether a formal, educational type group, or one that simply meets for a chat, knit and a cup of tea – which will be a great help to you as you master the basic techniques.
Thirdly, beginner knitters are advised not to go crazy with buying various types of knitting yarn when they first get started. Whereas the beautiful yarns and patterns for sale can be exceptionally tempting, you can quickly find yourself getting into a mess when you realise that turning these beautiful materials into a finished product isn’t as easy as it first looks! Despite this ending in obvious frustration, you will have also potentially wasted a great deal of money on knitting yarn that you are not able to create anything out of yet.
Our advice instead – and our fourth tip – is to start with basic, thick yarn, which is ideally suited for beginners as it is not only easier to knit with, but you will also be able to save a little bit of money as well. Along with this, choose to start your knitting adventures by using thicker needles, which will help you master the necessary techniques a lot quicker.
You may have got your equipment, invested in a good book and found a local knitting group, but our next tip is designed to help you out when you get really stuck, or when you feel that visual examples would help you learn a lot quicker – get on YouTube! YouTube is a fantastic resource for many people learning a variety of topics, and knitting is no exception. There are many experienced knitters on here that can show you exactly what to do to turn your knitting yarn into some stunning creations. Exploring how-to videos is a fantastic way to learn techniques you never normally would have come across and expand your horizons.
This also helps you stay motivated, which is our sixth and final tip. Although it isn’t advisable to invest in that top quality knitting yarn just yet, exploring knitting supplies and browsing beautiful patterns will remind you of what will be possible for you if you stick with your new hobby.
Be inspired by your knitting friends, the gorgeous knitting yarn and patterns that you see in magazines and books, and the creative how-to videos online, and make your commitment to regular practice in order to one day be able to knit all the fantastic garments and accessories you want.