Introduction to knitting.

 

Knitting is a tradition that will never get old. Many start out as a hobby and end up as highly experienced tailors by learning the art of making textile through working through loops and loops of yarn. For all you lovers of creative manipulation of yarn, here is a brief introduction to knitting.

 

Intro to knitting
Knitting 101
The basics are simple, you can either use the knitting machine or needles.

a) Using Needles. You can either do purl stitches or knit stitches. Even though they may seem similar, their main difference is in the loop in which you insert your needle. In the purl stitch, it happens behind the loop whereas the opposite applies for the knit stitch. Needles come in different sizes but the most recommended ones are the 10 1/2 ones. This is credited with their satisfactory speed; lesser sized-ones can be quite the task to work with. In addition to sizeable length, they should also be thick enough so as to avoid breaking and/or bending while knitting.

b) Using machines. They’re more of a modern means of knitting hence making it easier, faster and generally more efficient. As a beginner, start of with the needles and then eventually learn machine knitting, they’re both essential and easy to learn. Machines also use a set of needles, only that these are hooked to the machine and are are fixed. Although, it is important to understand that you will be responsible for making the pattern, even though some machines can do this by the press of a button.

What to Knit First?
A scarf is basically the first garment you should begin with, since it helps you understand how to build the series of hoops. You can do this using either or both knitting techniques depending on your choice. First and foremost, you should create a cast-on, which should then be your base on which to ‘cast’ your loops. There are different types of cast-on, but just to mention a few:

– Single cast-on. It is basically the easiest to learn but its downside is that it can be difficult to keep your loops evened out.

– Cable cast-on. Unlike the single cast-on, this one is rather difficult to learn and also to get your yarn through, but if you’re going for an eye-catchy cast-on, then its the one.

– Knitting-on. This should definitely be the one you decide to teach yourself knitting with, since it is basically the knit stitch repeated over and over on the previously done knit.

Now that you have the know-how, get to it and have loads of fun.

 


“Knitting, like everything else needs to be learn step by step.”