Crafty Corner: A First-Time Guide to Knitting

Posted on Mar 6 2019 - 9:00am by Samantha Clark

Knitting is a technique that has been around for centuries. A skill passed from generation to generation as a means to create clothing, furnishings and even as a simple leisure activity. In a fast-paced world, where time is increasingly short, this tradition is seemingly skipping generations; with less and less of us knowing where to even start.

Within the last few years though, knitting is making waves as an activity to reduce stress and anxiety, reducing blood pressure and heart rate, and improve coordination and confidence.

With all these benefits and more (seriously, the benefits are endless!) perhaps more of us should be learning to hone this art (me included!).

To help get us started we’re working with we are knitters who will help us over the coming weeks to become familiar with the knitting art form. Starting from a beginner’s level we’re going to look at the knitting basics to help you feel more confident and hopefully, at the end, be enthusiasts.

To get us started let’s look at the introductions to knitting:

Casting on

When starting any knitting project, you’ll need to ‘cast on’, which is establishing your initial stitch(es). Grab your needles, a thick skein of wool and give this a try with their tutorial video:

Knit stitch (garter stitch)

One of the of the most common stitches you’ll see with any pattern is a knit stitch. It just so happens that this is also one of the most basic and easiest stitches to do. Once you’ve cast on, give the knit stitch a go:

Cast off

When you’ve completed your project, you’ll need to close the stitches by casting off. Follow the below tutorial to find out how:

We’d recommend starting with the above three stitches and familiarising yourself with these until you feel comfortable. When you are, the best way to move forward is to give a pattern a go.

Tension sample

Often, beginners think that they have to tighten the yarn around the needles. However, this is actually problematic as it becomes harder and harder to slip your needle in the stitch and the wool will end up tearing.

Before diving into a knitting project, it can be really helpful to create a tension sample first. This will help you to figure out the stitch and the overall dimensions of the project. It’ll help you to identify if you’re knitting too loosely or tightly and allow you to adjust your technique to get the desired end result.

Working with a pattern

When looking at a pattern for the first time you may be unsure of what you need to do. Especially if it is asking you to perform stitches you’ve not come across before. Although the technique will be outlined, we find it best to follow a tutorial first to see first-hand how a stitch is performed and how it should look. The beauty of we are knitters patterns is they have informational and guided videos on their website for all of the stitches they work with to help guide you.

We’ll be working with the Morse Scarf pattern over the next 4 weeks and be sharing our progress on social media if you’d like to follow along too.

Next month, be sure to look out for their free pattern that they’re sharing (and we’ll be working with) to get you started on a new project and honing that skill further.

If you’ve any knitting tips, we’d sure love to hear them! Comment below or send us a message over social.

This post was created in collaboration with we are knitters and the Morse Scarf kit was provided free of charge to help with this project.

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