Learn to Knit
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Learn to Knit in 10 Easy Steps
So you want to learn how to knit? I think that’s a fabulous idea.
I’m Liat Gat, your video knitting instructor and guide through the land of knitting. I’m so glad you signed up for this guide.
You already have, perhaps without knowing it, started down the path of awesomeness.
This guide will let you hit the ground running and learn about knitting as you create your very first project – a beginner scarf, with fringe, for less than $20.
Shop For Materials Without Breaking the Bank
There are many beautiful yarns out there, but this is not the time to buy them.
Try knitting with an inexpensive yarn first – that way, your first project will whet your appetite without putting a huge dent in your wallet.
Also, if you mess up, drop it in a puddle, or your dog finds it and decides he likes it – no big deal.
As you know, it is very fun to drive a Lamborghini, but there is nothing wrong with learning on an older car. Same goes for knitting.
As your skill increases, so can your knitting budget.
Oh – by the way, learning to knit is a lot easier than learning to drive a car, but it is a new skill, so be patient with yourself as you ask your hands to learn this new task.
You can find inexpensive, machine washable yarn at Michael’s, Joann Fabrics, and Wal-Mart, or even some grocery stores.
Beginner Garter-Stitch Scarf With Fringe
For this project, buy two balls of Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn in your favorite color (buy three balls if you want a long scarf and/or fringe). While you’re at the store, buy a pair of Clover bamboo knitting needles in US Size 13 (9 mm). If the store doesn’t have any bamboo needles, you can buy a pair of Boye aluminum knitting needles, which are a little less fun to knit with, but just fine for starting out. Extras
You’ll also need a blunt, large-eyed sewing needle called a tapestry needle – these are usually right next to the knitting needles.
Also, if you are going to add fringe, buying a crochet hook (size I or J) will make this job go quickly. A short shopping list is below.
Materials – Shopping List
- 300 yards super-bulky-weight yarn
- US Size 13 (9 mm) needles
- Tapestry needle
- Optional: crochet hook, size J, for fringe
A Note About Your Local Yarn Store
The absolute best place to buy yarn and knitting needles – these specialty shops filled with the latest and greatest yarns and are staffed by experts who love knitting. Find your local yarn stores here using Ravelry.com’s yarn shop database.
It’s the difference between Nordstrom and, well, Wal-Mart. Expect to be delighted. You’ll definitely want to check out your local store for future projects, if not this one. That’s it! Let’s start knitting.