25 Jan Looking for a New Hobby?
When you’re stuck inside during a long, cold winter, working on a knitting project can be fun and rewarding. And although sweaters and lacy shawls can seem daunting, knitting is a fairly easy hobby to get started on.
Brand-new knitters have plenty of resources. Whether you use our patterns, stop in for some advice, visit our Knit-in’s on Thursday, take one our classes or buy one our books those all will help you in your new venture.
The beauty of taking a class is that you get hands on help and can feel comfortable in asking lots of questions. We find that taking a class is the best way to get started and excited about the craft of knitting and crocheting.
Books can be great sources of information about yarns and needles and they also teach stitches and techniques. Stop by and we can recommend some books that we have had experience with.
Some suggestions to make your first steps at knitting easier:
—Choose a yarn you can handle easily and that allows you to see your stitches. Look for a smooth yarn like one described as “worsted” — not too thin or bulky or made of ribbon or other fancy fibers.
—Buy yarn in a ball or skein, not what’s called a hank; yarn in a hank has to be wound into a ball.
—Choose needles that feel comfortable in your hands. Be sure they’re right for the yarn you select. The yarn label will tell you what size needles you need, such as 6, 7 or 8. You might want to start with wooden needles, which help you work more slowly than metal ones.
—Practice by making swatches. If you make mistakes, books and websites can show you how to fix them or just stop by during our Knit-in’s for some fun practice time.
—And last but not least, take one of our fun classes. You will feel more confident and get the knowledge you need to get started right away.
When you are ready to get started be sure to stop by and we can give you guidance on what type or yarn and accessories are going to be the easiest to start with. Here are some more tips below that will help you get started.
When starting out it will be easiest to choose a variegated yarn that has different colors to work with. These yarns are also called self-striping. Even if you use only a plain knit stitch (also known as a garter stitch) throughout, the different colors will make the scarf look more complicated than it really is.
Another option: Find simple patterns (usually called stitches, although they’re made up of individual knit and purl stitches) in books or online. For example, the moss stitch, made up of alternating knit and purl stitches.
When you’ve chosen a pattern, decide how long and wide you want the scarf to be. The width will be determined by how many stitches you cast on. As for the length, just keep knitting until your scarf is as long as you want.
When that’s done, you can move on to more complex work. The same resources — classes, books, and Knit-in sessions — will take you on your way.