Starting to knit can be an overwhelming process. There are so many thing to consider when you are first starting out that you could potentially just forget the whole thing altogether. But never fear! I am here to help break down the process and simplifying things for you. Remember all your really need is ball of yarn and knitting needles to get started. I will walk you through everything step by step so you can focus on what’s most important–being creative and expressing yourself through knitting.
Selecting Your Knitting Yarn
Even as someone who has been doing this for a long time, I can get a little overcome with all of the great yarns that are out there for purchase. Once you decide on one thing you like such as the color, there are all sorts of other things to consider like the type of the texture thats best for the project.
But for all general purchases the best place to start is with a medium weight yarn. If you are sure how you know, you can always just look on the package and it will tell you right there. Sometimes this can be a little confusing, however, so if you need more information, just check out this handy guide to reading a yarn label.
My other tip for all people just starting out is to choose a yarn that is just one single color and preferably a light one. This way when you get deeper into the stitch it will be easier to see you stitches and therefore have a better looking end result.
Another approach is to find a yarn that is smooth when you touch it. Wool will typically be good for this, but there are definitely others so its best to experiment on your own and see what you like best. I also want to warn you against choosing a cotton yarn as they are really hard to manage and knit with. I would say as you become more experienced transition to more cotton, but in the beginning stages stick with wool.
Choosing Your Knitting Needles
Obviously, you cant knit if you don’t have any knitting needles! The options here can feel endless, but most commonly you will see needles made from aluminum, wood, plastic and bamboo. Again, you should experiment with what you like and what fits your personal style. If I were you, I would just buy a pair of each because you will end up using them at some point anyway.
Since this is a guide for beginners, I would recommend wither bamboo or wood when just starting out. Like the wool yarn, they are easier to manage and hone your skills with. Other needles can be very slippery and much more difficult to knit with in the beginning.
Here is another common question when people first start: Which size should I choose??
Generally, a medium size is best. These are going to be the easiest to find in your local store and also feel the nest in your hand. The actual length of the needle will vary too, but try a 10″ one at first. This seems to be just the right size for most people. Just one thing to keep in mind about this is that as you advance as starting knitting larger items, you will need a larger needle.
Check out the video below which has some great info in it about this too.
This is far from a complete guide, but this will absolutely help you get started. Just knowing where to begin can be tough, but the information here should at least get you out of the doors of your store.