30 Blogs for Beginning KnittersDecember 10, 2012 | in Nanny
Knitting is an ancient art form that has been traced as far back as first millennial Egypt. While the Egyptians used knitting to create basic necessities, 21st century knitters knit for hobby. Many knitters enjoy creating their own signature style, and proudly sport their creations or gift them to others.
If knitting is a hobby that you want to take up, whether it’s because you want to knit a scarf for yourself or a blanket for the baby you are expecting, these blogs will help you get started in no time.
The Right Tools
Before you knit your first stitch, you’ll need to have the right tools for the task. Knitting needles come in a variety of sizes, so you’ll want to be sure you choose the right sized needles for your knitting project. You’ll also need to select your yarn, and with the many choices available you’ll probably need a little help making the proper selection. These five blogs can help.
- Tools for Knitting Gloves
- Knitting Tools and Tips
- Knitting Tools and Notions
- Knitting Yarn
- Yarn Notes
You’ll need to get the yard onto the knitting needle before you actually begin knitting. This task is called casting on. There are several different techniques for casting on, and you’ll want to choose the technique that feels most natural for you. The various techniques are discussed in the five blogs below.
- Learning How to Knit: Knitting Basics
- Learn How to Knit Part 1: Cast on, Knit, Purl, and Garter Stitch
- Back to the Basics: Casting On
- Stitch Victionary, How to Cast On
- Cast on and Bind Off with Cap Sease
Once you’ve learned how to cast the yarn onto your needles you’ll be ready to make your first stiches. With a few basic stiches under your belt, you can create your own knitting masterpiece. If you’re a visual learner, don’t worry. Several of the blogs below even include video demonstrations of casting on.
- How to Knit the Purl Stitch
- How to Knit *Basics #06* Purl Stitch* Stockinette Stitch
- How to Knit—The Purl Stitch
- Knitting Straight Stitch: Knit and Purl
- How to Knit the Purl Stitch
Advanced Stitches and Tools
After you’ve become proficient in some of the basic stitches, including the straight knit stitch and the purl stitch, you may be ready to move on to some of the more advanced stitches. These five blog posts focus on learning advanced stitching techniques that you may wish to master.
- Ultimate Knitting Needle Guide
- Advanced Knitting Techniques for Experienced Knitters
- Saturday Stitch: Mountain Peaks
- How to Stitch the Chain of Hearts Stitch
- How to Perform Advanced Knitting Technique of Picking up Stitches for Knitting Patterns with Ease
If you feel you’re ready to move onto more advanced knitting techniques, it may be time to find new projects and patterns to make. Try knitting an easy scarf or a more advanced stuffed animal. These five blogs feature beginner projects worth tackling.
- Easy Lace Mesh Scarf for Beginners
- Free Knitting Patterns for Baby Blankets
- Warm Wool Mitten Free Knitting Pattern
- Miranda the Masham Sheep
- Free Knitting Pattern: Children’s sweater
Felting is a method of meshing the yarn fibers together and shrinking the end project. Wool shrinks when wet, so when you add soap to the water and agitate the fibers, the yarn will stick together and the project won’t be so airy and loopy. These five blogs will teach you all about felting.
- Knitting or Crocheting Items for Felting
- A Felting Primer for Hand Knits (wet felting)
- Felting Knitting Yarn Review
- Knit Felting
- Technique Tutorial: How to Felt a Knitted or Crocheted Piece
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