Monday, March 1, 2010

I'm learning to knit

Recently I decided that I wanted to learn how to knit. The problem was how would I go about it? I tried learning when I was a kid but didn't have the patience for it. Now that I'm older I feel more ready. I knew that having somebody teach me wouldn't be a very good idea-unless they're extremely patient, so I decided that the best way for me to learn would be in my own way and in my own time.

I decided to start off with the basics-some wool, those stick things you use to put the wool on and a book called 'How to knit'. However, I'm finding that even this book is too advanced for the way I want to learn. I want to know how to hold those stick things, what size a beginner should use- I have 7.0mm but feel that they are too long for a beginner like me and I want to know how to tie the knots and whether you can use one type of knot over another.


  1. YouTube is your friend. Casting on is harder than knitting, so if you can find someone willing to cast on a bunch of stitches for you to play with, that helps. Otherwise, search for "casting on" on YouTube so you can watch someone do it in front of you - as many times as you want, without anyone getting annoyed. :) Also, there are a number of ways to cast on, so find one that you like the look of and go with it. One day you might care which one you are using, but to begin with it doesn't matter.

    I taught myself entirely from the web, and only went to real live people for help once I could do the basics and had sensible questions to ask.

    I can't remember if I put links in to simple "how to" web sites when I was blogging it, but go click on the "knitting" keyword on my blog and take a look at the oldest entries. That might also have something useful. I didn't put any YouTube links up though.

    The length of the needles doesn't really matter, you really only hold the ends anyway. And if you feel completely unco-ordinated and clumsy, don't stress, everyone does. It gets better fairly quickly.

    I hope you have fun with it! :)

  2. I was just about to say the same an tube! i LOVE you tube, it helps with everything from new make up techniques & helping friends with hair extensions to watching new music video clips & favourite scenes from TV shows!
    And you can watch it over & over until you feel like you're getting the hang of it a little :-)