Technical Tuesday: Resources for Beginners

Whenever I tell people about knitting, I always get the ‘Oh, I would never have the patience for that,” or “I could never do that.” I always say to never say never because I am sure there was a time when I would have looked at some of my current knitting and thought I would never be able to do something like that. Actually, I am 100% sure; I can even remember thinking that about the Fiddlehead Mittens. I got the kit for my birthday and put off starting them for a really long time. I didn’t want to mess them up and ruin the whole kit. I finally just got tired of NOT having those mittens and went for it.

Regardless, it can be overwhelming when you’re ready to take the plunge and knit, but have no idea where to start. I am going to scatter good beginner videos throughout the post, but the first advice I always give people is to pick a project. Lately, the projects have been dishcloths. They are one of the first things people mention, ‘my grandmother used to hand-knit us dishcloths, they were always the best ones.’ This is perfect because it is just a square! The best material for a dishcloth is cotton, or something else that says it lends itself well to dishcloths. If you’re in a big box store like Michael’s, sometimes the labels give advice for the kind of project that yarn is best suited for. If you’re in a local yarn store, just ask. The owners and employees will definitely know what you’re looking for as well as being able to set you up with all the right needles etc.

If you don’t really know what you want to knit, but you know you want to knit something, start on Ravelry. It’s free to join and there are 1000’s of free patterns on there. The most useful part about Ravelry, after you get sucked down the black hole of patterns and finally choose one, is it tells you what you need for it! What kind of yarn, needles, type, size and even where to buy such things.

There are also tonnes of groups to find other knitters with common interest. There are groups ranging from people within a geographic area to those with common TV interests. There are groups there for beginner knitters to ask questions and even suggest good first-time projects.
For the most part, YouTube is your friend. If you’re ever looking at a pattern and it is telling you to do something you haven’t heard of, look it up! Just Google the term, or search for it directly on YouTube. There is information out there and you just have to reach out and ask for it. If you are someone who needs to sit with another person and be shown something, reach out to your local knitting store. A lot of places will run classes you can take or will definitely know where you can find them.

There are rich resources and a real sense of community out there if you just know where to look for it! Don’t ever be afraid to ask questions because, trust me, we have all been there. I am also always available for email consultation about knitting, problems, pretences and parties!! 😉