What You Should Know About Knitting Before You Start

Published 5 Jan 2020

Here are a number of tips and advice for anyone who’s thinking of picking up knitting as a new skill this year!

  1. Once you get the hang of it, knitting is actually easy enough to do without even looking at what you’re doing (a lot like typing).
  2. You don’t have to buy the fanciest wools and yarns to knit things that look and feel amazing. Find a colour and texture of yarn that best suits you and your budget.
  3. You should start off knitting with brightly coloured wool that contrasts with your knitting needles – not the variegated kind, it’s best to use solid colour. This will make it far easier to see your stitches, so when you do make mistakes, it’ll be a lot easier to spot the problem and fix it.
  4. You don’t need to buy every knitting needle size before you start. Choose the size and length of needle that works for you and the wool you have available (for beginners, usually standard aluminium 4mm knitting needles).
  5. Tension squares aren’t completely necessary in order to create a high-quality knitting project. These squares/swatches are typically used to ensure that when you knit up a pattern, you don’t end up making it too big or too small. These allow you to compare your own tension with the original pattern tension, so that you can adjust the pattern to the specific size you need. However, if you are not looking to modify patterns, or if your tension is fairly good, you can safely abandon the use of a tension square. I have been knitting for about a decade now, since early high school, and I have never used a tension square/swatch. This is what my knitting looks like:

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(For similar yarn to this one, click to view Teddy Classic Family DK Wool Forest Green)

  1. You should also learn a simple sewing technique, just in case you want to move onto more difficult patterns. This is such useful skill to have, and can really help you if you want to try different things with your knitting.
  2. Most crafting communities, both online and in person, are very willing to help you with any questions you might have. If you need help on a pattern, many knitters and crafters will be more than happy to help you figure it out.
  3. If you’re used to dropping stitches a lot, you can actually use a crochet hook to save them!
  4. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes – in most cases, you don’t need to start from scratch. Don’t worry about taking back stitches. Even if you need to start from scratch, it’s not a disaster – it’s all part of the learning process! You will continue making mistakes in your knitting, even as an expert.

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