Knitting can be such a fun hobby and you get fun, warm articles of clothing out of it. But it’s also incredibly frustrating at times, especially when you’re a beginner and you’re ABSOLUTELY SURE that you moved your yarn over so it makes NO SENSE that you have extra stitches.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. That fun will come later.
Let’s start with the basics. You need yarn. You need needles. You need them fairly cheaply because why spend tons of money on something you don’t even know if you can do yet? There are only hundreds of different types of needles and yarn – which do you choose? Oh, yeah and, of course you’ll need patterns.
I’m going post all of this information for you and more to make shopping for your first set of needles and yarn a breeze in the next few days. Best of all, I’m going to post videos so you can really understand how to cast on, knit, and purl.
And then, of course, practice, practice, practice!
You can make a scarf if you want, but that takes awhile and it’s a little boring. And anyway, I’m not sure about you, but I have more than enough scarves at the moment. When I practice my stitches, I just practice going back and forth – then I rip it all out and start over.
When you’re ready to actually make something, I’ve got two projects (almost) ready for you: the basketweave cozy and the XO cable knit cozy.
The basketweave cozy is perfect for beginners. It’s a fairly straightforward pattern, and it teaches you to knit and purl in the same row. It’s tricky moving the yarn back and forth (don’t worry, I’ll explain that) without adding additional stitches – a common mistake among beginners.
The XO cable knit cozy is also perfect for beginners, but it’s just one level up. You’ll be alternating your purls and your knits just as before, but I’ll also teach you how to cable. There are front cables and back cables so you’ll be prepared to cable anything after this little cozy.
Let me know if you have any questions. Feel free to let me know if there’s something you’ve been dying to make. Don’t forget to sign up for the email list so you can be notified first when a new blog post is up or when my courses are ready!