Knitting Tutorial :: Getting Started

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Ok, so I still consider myself a beginner knitter, but lately I've been asked by different people on how to get started knitting. Maybe because I am a beginner and my starting out days are still fresh, I can offer my little pieces of advice. From one beginner to another. So if you want to start knitting, but don't know how to get started, read on!

1. Of course, the best way to learn is to have someone sit and teach you. Unfortunately I didn't have that luxury, but after loads of research, I found a book of great diagrams to get me started, Basic Knitting by Leigh Ann Berry. There's also lots of great video tutorials online ( is one). However, with our sketchy internet, I needed a resource I could rely on.

2. Shop for supplies. It can be overwhelming at first to walk into the shop and look at the variety of needles and yarn. Don't be intimidated. You can do it! Start with a medium weight yarn and a needle size around 4.5 to 5.5 mm (US 7-9). You will also begin to find what type of needles you prefer. I definitely prefer wooden over steel!


3. Pick your project but don't pick one too big. Start with something simple like a scarf. It might take you several days, but in the end, you will have a hand knit and the confidence to tackle bigger projects.


4. One of the biggest struggles with beginner knitters (and one that I also encountered) was casting on too tight. Relax and keep it loose!

5. Give yourself grace and patience. It's perfectly natural to experience frustration when you are trying to learn. I almost wanted to through those sticks in the trash in the beginning! Stick with it! It will come!

6. Don't get frustrated reading patterns. It's like learning a new language at first! Let google become your best friend. Anytime I needed help with a pattern, I just googled it!


Knitting is a fun, enjoyable, stress relieving hobby. Be careful, though! It is quite addicting. Once you see all the awesome things you can make with your hands, you won't be able to stop!

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  1. Well said, Jen. I never really started with the easy knits :) My first project was a scarf, however I knit it with two rather cantankerous yarns - an eyelash/loopy yarn and a ribbon loop yarn... Then I promptly went to work on an afghan (which, sad to say, is still in the works after all these years - newer, quicker projects seem to take the front seat...).

    All that to say, as a beginner if you see something you want to make... don't let the crazy pattern stop you. As long as you have the basics down (and Google is your friend), I believe you can do anything you want with those needles!!

    Thanks for the inspiration. Happy knitting!

  2. I think I need you to just come knit for me. LOL. Can you make me a sweater with xlong sleeves?

  3. OK, I saw the "You might also like:" posts & have been looking around. Thank you for this! I've pinned the site you referenced & will also look into the book, too. I really think I'd like to start knitting ~ starting with a scarf, like you suggested. Too bad I don't like scarves at all! {j/k ~ I LOVE them! Is it selfish of me to make the first one for myself?!} Anyways, thank you for the tips, & I promise I won't continue to clog up your email inbox with my comments! ;)


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