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Do you knit? Do you want to knit? Do you want to learn to knit? Whatever the case I hope that you will find that this is the place to come looking.

Why knit? Well, personally I have always found it to be relaxing, productive and satisfying. It is such a simple skill with very little, inexpensive equipment. The supplies are bought as you go along so there is never any great financial outlay.

Equipment

Knitting needles, of course. These come in a variety of materials, lengths and sizes. The material used to produce the needles can be metal, plastic, wood or bamboo and the type used is a matter of the preference of the knitter. The length needed will depend upon the item being made and how many stitches are necessary at the widest point. The size is the most crucial as this determine the tension. Also the thicker the yarn the thicker the needle needs to be.

These days the thicker the needle the higher the number embossed upon it shown in mm. Previously the higher the number the finer the needle – so do make sure that you are looking at the correct scale. I have not only my own needles but those that my mother used – and also her patterns written for the old style scale and yarn thicknesses. Check here for conversions.

If you are a beginner you will probably find it easier and more satisfying to use thicker needles and yarn.

Patterns

Knitting patterns can be found in a variety of places.

The shop where you buy your yarn

In knitting magazines or women’s lifestyle magazines

At various places online

Yarn

Now here we come to what can be a knitter’s paradise. Walk into a store which is dedicated to the sale of yarns. You will find range after range of different types, thicknesses, softness and colours. Yarn is produced from wool, cotton, acrylic and various blends.

Choose what you want, paying close attention to what you are told in your previously selected pattern. You must have the correct thickness yarn and needles.

When you have chosen your yarn, pick up the correct amount and check the bands to see that you have matching numbers for each. These are shade numbers and dye lots. If the dye lot is not the same you may not notice the difference in the balls but you almost certainly will in the garment.

Stitches

There are only two basic stitches in knitting. Everything is to do with how you incorporate these.

See this page to understand how different stitch patterns are created.

To learn how to work these main stitches watch these videos.

If you want to take your knitting hobby further why not join a local knitting circle? These are composed of like minded people who are ready for a chat and what is more they can help you achieve your dreams of beautiful knitting projects.

Go to Clubs Directory to find your local meeting. If you do not find one in your area then start one by listing your new club on the directory. If you know of a club in your area and it is not listed please enter it so that others can find it.

 

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