A Knitting Journey….Supplies
Knitting Journey Starting Tips & Basic Knitting Supplies
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Here is a little bit of advice my grandmother once shared with me – start small when you want to learn a new skill and then build on that which you have learned. In other words – knit a square and not a sweater!
Start at the beginning! If you have never knitted before start with the basics and work yourself up. Yes that gorgeous Cable Scarf is fabulous and the two mohair golden silk balls of yarn you bought is the envy of the neighborhood! It will not be so fabulous when you are trying to unknot mohair yarn and end up with a gorgeous holey mess.
Reading any type of pattern whether it is knitting or crochet takes time to understand – when you first start out it’s a whole new language to learn. And learning to read patterns is a learning curve which is unnecessary when you are first starting out. Learn the basics first. Practice them, then practice them some more and then move on 🙂
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- Don’t buy the store’s whole knitting department!
You are going to learn a lot of new things as a knitter – what type of needle you will like to use, what notions are the most useful. As you knit you will discover what you are comfortable with – do your prefer bamboo needles or aluminum? Experiment is the key to success!
- Start with inexpensive yarn!
All those fancy yarn that is so glittery and beautiful will not be so pretty when they start to fray and get all tangled from ripping out stitches.
- Basic yarn is your new best friend.
Although sequin-and-bead embellished yarns and eyelash yarns may look fabulous, they are not beginner friendly. Start with a basic worsted-weight yarn. Use a light color so that seeing any mistakes are much easier to spot than on a dark color.
- Take a break!
Before you are tempted to throw your needles across the room, put your project down and to one side for a few hours (maybe even a day or two), then come back when you are calm and ready to try again.
Knitting when you are frustrated with a stitch almost always gives way to the crazy knitter fits that will plague and irritate you for the whole project. Taking a break will make you come back to that troublesome stitch (or technique) with a fresh pair of eyes and you might just be able to figure it out much more easily than when you were ready to stab someone with your needles.
TIP: When first starting out – it might be best to start with the biggest needles and thickest yarn you can find.
Why? Thicker needles will help you see what you’re doing and they might be easier to hold and control than thinner needles. US 13 (9 mm) is a good recommended size
Basic Supplies Needed:
- Knitting Needles
2. Stitch Markers
The way they work is simple: knit the stitches, place the marker over the stitch you want to remember, and then continue knitting.
The marker just gets slipped back and forth between needles while you knit.
3. Stitch Counter
There are some patterns where keeping track of your rows is so important.
4. Yarn Needles
Yarn needles are large, usually plastic (though sometimes metal) needles with an eye large enough to thread yarn through.
They can be used to weave in ends or to stitch seams together.
5. Measuring Tape
Tape is especially important for scarves, to determine when it has become long enough to bind off. You can also use it to check your gauge.
Keeping a pair specifically with your knitting supplies is really handy.
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