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Knitting is a HUGE passion of mine. I love knitting. I love the way it relaxes me and calms me (especially when my anxiety is kicking into gear. I can knit and I start feeling better. It’s therapeutic for me). I love being able to create beautiful things with nothing more than a ball of yarn and knitting needles. I love that it’s easily portable so I can knit anywhere I want to. I love everything about knitting.
I started knitting about 5 years ago. I was pregnant with my son at the time and I wanted him to have some knitted baby booties, so I bought a set of knitting needles and some yarn and I taught myself how to knit by watching YouTube videos. I caught on pretty quick, but my skills that early on were definitely not advanced enough to be able to knit baby booties. I failed miserably at that project. I wish I had taken some pictures of my failed attempt(s). I didn’t give up though. I decided to work on something a little easier for my first project and I made a dish cloth. I fell in love with knitting and I’ve been knitting ever since.
I don’t get as much time to knit as I’d like to, but I knit every opportunity I can. One of my dreams actually is to spend a weekend all alone in a hotel (I’d even settle for a motel if it means I get an entire weekend FREE of the KIDS all by myself to do whatever my heart pleases! HA!) so I could just knit and watch TV in complete uninterrupted silence. I don’t even care if that hotel or motel is right here in the town I live in as long as I get the weekend ALONE! LOL.
Anyway, back when I started knitting and I was trying to learn how to do it by watching videos, I spent hours looking for videos that had clear audio, a clear picture, and where the person knitting in the video didn’t speed knit and expect a beginner to be able to follow along with that. So, because of my love for knitting and my desire to help others in whatever way I can, I compiled some websites with videos that I recommend for beginners that will help get you started and allow you to fall in love with knitting the same way I have.
The first website that I would recommend you should visit if you’re a beginner is knittinghelp.com. If you click that link, you will be directed to the section of the website that has the videos you’ll want to watch. There is a wealth of information on that website for beginners that I think anyone will be able to follow and understand.
Another site I really recommend is verypink.com. Clicking on that link will take you to the homepage of the website. Scroll down a bit and you’ll see a section called Knitting Help Videos. The videos in this section will cover all the basics you need to know to get started.
Those are the two websites I would start off with. There are a LOT of different videos on both websites as well as other information you will find useful such as recommendations on what knitting needles are the best and information about different weights and fibers of yarn and which will work best for a particular project and things like that.
As for what you’ll need to buy to get started. You will need at least one set of knitting needles (US 7 or 8 is usually what most beginners start out with) and you will need a skein (ball) of yarn. To start with, I would just pick up an inexpensive skein of acrylic yarn from Walmart or Amazon or whatever craft store you shop at. Buy something like Red Heart Super Saver or Caron Simply Soft . These are both acrylic yarns and they’re inexpensive so it won’t be a huge deal if you mess up with this or get it tangled or whatever while you’re practicing.
As for the needles, the traditional knitting needles are straight needles, and there are a lot of people who still use straight needles, but as for me, I hate straight needles. They’re awkward to work with and the get heavy with the weight of the yarn on them and you need a bag big enough to accommodate the length of the needles for when you want to take your knitting on the go with you. Nope, I don’t like straight needles. I do, however, LOVE circular needles. They’re easy to work with, they’re compact, and they’re lightweight! When I started using circular needles, I started with these Boye Aluminum Circular Knitting Needles. I still have a bunch of these, but now I use more expensive ones that I bought from KnitPicks.com. I have this set and this set and I LOVE them! BUT that will come later for you as a beginner.
Now, you need to buy the yarn and needles and get to work reviewing those videos in the links I posted above and just practice the different stitches. The knit stitch is the easiest to learn (and my absolute favorite stitch ever!) and the purl stitch is pretty easy too. If you know how to do those two stitches (even if you never learn another type of stitch in your life) you can make scarves, dish cloths, blankets, hats, and all kinds of pretty stuff!!
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