Hello lovelies! I taught myself to knit, and learnt a lot of life lessons along the way – something which surprised the heck out of me and made learning to knit all the more meaningful. I have failed at making a cardigan, jumper and cable knit scarf (although I’m still attempting that one). I love picking something too hard for myself and really mess it up along the way . Although a lot of people are not like me. So here are some tips to ensure smooth sailing for beginners.
- Start with good quality yarn, and needles.
Holding soft, luscious yarn and beautifully built needles can be half the joy of knitting. Start off with bamboo needles, and a yarn with a higher percentage of wool or bamboo – you won’t regret it.
- Pick a project that uses a large weight of yarn.
It helps as you can see your stitches more easily, the project goes faster (knitting teaches a lot of patience!) and is easier to handle.
- Start with a scarf!
Knit and purl are your two basic stiches; a lot of fun scarf patterns can be made with them. Try seed stitch or ribbing. Add tassels for a really satisfying first project.
- Join up with raverly.com.
Browse patterns, join the community and get ideas! Nothing made me more excited than stumbling on an online knitting community. Ha-ha! There really is everything on the Internet.
- Give no fucks.
Knit on the bus, in the park, at your family Christmas gathering. Knit even if you are pretty sure you messed up the gauge or dropped a stitch over half your pattern ago. Knitting is fearless and badass and you can do it! Don’t be afraid to fail at first.