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 not being passed on, 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 help 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’ve partnered with we are knitters who share their tips and guide below to help us 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.
Let’s get started with an introduction to knitting. Grab yourself some needles and yarn or choice and give these common knitting stitches a try.
How to cast 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) how to
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:
How to 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.
Start off with a 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 stitches and get a feel for 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 knitting 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 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.
When you’re read to dive into a knitting project, give the We Found Love Scarf a try! weareknitters have kindly shared this pattern with us which you can try for free.
If you’ve any knitting tips to help a beginner get started, we’d sure love to hear them! Be sure to leave us a comment below.