Knitting for beginners
Have you always wanted to learn how to knit but have never known where to start?
This guide – knitting for beginners includes everything you need to start knitting.
Whether you are an amateur knitter or starting again after a break from your needles.
The information here covers all of the steps to teach yourself to knit, including how to start knitting, knitting basics and essential skills, plus some easy to follow knitting patterns.
Starting by brushing up on some knitting basics is the best way to learn to knit.
I recommend familiarising yourself with different knitting tools and the various types of yarns available.
Plus, some basic knitting abbreviations so that you can start learning how to read knitting patterns.
To begin, ensure you have all of the essential knitting tools for beginners to hand, including a good set of knitting needles and yarn.
If you’re starting from scratch, I suggest trying a chunky yarn and a large pair of needles (8mm or more), as this will be easier, to begin with.
It’s also good to familiarise yourself with the different types of yarn weights, and what they can be used to make.
I recommend making a trip to a craft or yarn shop and exploring all of the different types of wools and yarns available – it may even inspire you!
Learn To Knit
Once you’ve set yourself up and you feel like you’re ready to start knitting, you can try some basic knitting stitches to create your first project.
Give yourself time to trial the different stitches and sample them before you move on to making a full design.
After you’ve learnt some essential stitches, you can move onto working in the round and using circular knitting needles.
It’s not as scary as you might think!
This means knitting in a loop and will allow you to make circular-knit items, such as hats, beanies and infinity scarves.
You can try this simple hat beginner knitting pattern, which is an excellent design for a first project using circular needles.
Choosing a Knitting Pattern
The best place to start when learning how to knit is to try simple knitting patterns for beginners, which include more basic stitches and no requirements for grading.
I’ve listed below some of my favourite designs for simple yet beautiful scarves and blankets; quick and easy to make and perfectly designed to teach how to knit for beginners.