Are you looking for a new way to be creative? Then you should definitely learn to knit! Not only is it a relaxing way to de-stress, but you can create wonderful things. I started knitting when I was young (maybe 8 or 9 years old) and loved making little blankets for dolls and clothes for Barbie. This evolved over time and thankfully I got a bit better and began making all sorts of toys, accessories and tea cosies. The wonderful world of knitting is so huge that I am constantly learning new things and it never gets boring.
For beginners, there are always a few mishaps, for example: starting off with 10 stitches at cast on then ending with 15 (or more!), dropping stitches and getting confused! This is all part of the learning process, if we didn't make mistakes..how would we learn? I have taught many students to knit and most struggle with casting on and off at first. They always return though, eager to keep learning and creating.
Ok so where to begin? ....... First of all you need knitting needles and yarn. I would recommned using large needles to begin with, for example; 6.5mm knitting needles and a chunky knit yarn (like Hayfield bonus chunky). You can choose any needles you wish to practice, but try to avoid using the smaller sizes as larger needles will make it easier for you.
First things first........
The Slip Knot - This is the basic knot used in knitting and crochet to cast on the first stitch. Leaving a tail make a loop with your yarn. Holding the area where the yarn crosses with one hand, use the other hand to push a new loop through the existing loop. Then pull the loop and two hanging strands snug, until your slipknot is formed and slip it onto the needle.
To make things a bit easier - take a look at this video and see how it's done:
Cast On - There are several different ways to cast on but the way that I do it is like this:
The Knit Stitch - To learn the basics of knitting most people start with the knit stitch, which is also known as garter stitch. I use the English method (there is also the continental method). Here is another video tutorial that will show you how to start your knitting:
Cast Off - When you have finished your knitting you will need to cast off (or in some patterns 'bind off') your work. See how to do this here:
Some good examples of what the knitting stitch/garter stitch looks like in this gallery ->
Here is an easy pattern for you to get started with:
You will need scissors, a darning needle and a tape measure.
With 6.5mm knitting needles and a chunky yarn - Cast on 10 stitches.
Knit every row until piece measures 4 inches.
Sew in any loose ends.
If you want to knit more, please check out these cool free knitting patterns here:
Let me know how it goes and don't forget to follow handylittleme on Bloglovin' and Facebook. Happy knitting makers!