Knitting is a popular needlecraft today. If you love it like I do it is hard to fight the temptation of purchasing every needle, book and yarn in site. There are so many great opportunities with knitting, but first you need the basics to get started. Among those items includes yarn, needles, scissors, a sewing needle and a crochet hook.
Selecting the Right Yarn
There are over one dozen different types of yarn that can be used for basic knitting. The many different colors and types of thread that are used to make yarn is one of the reasons it is such an attractive hobby. When you are just starting out it is important to remember that you do not need to spend the big dollars on expensive yarn for those first few projects. Your first projects are about learning how to knit and you will make mistakes. You are better off making it while using yarn from the discount bin. Choose one that feels good between your fingers and is at a reasonable price.
Depending on the pattern or project you are working on, there will be different needles. Each needle comes in a different size and there are a variety of materials that knitting needles are made out of. The most popular choice is to buy one made from aluminum. These are readily available in most craft stores at an affordable price. Use whatever size the pattern suggests for your project. The needle size will determine if the holes will be close together or loose for the project.
There is a difference between par scissors and great scissors. With basic knitting – and advanced knitting – you want each project to have clean cuts. Using poor quality scissors can cause snags in the yarn during cutting and possibly ruin your project. When you first start knitting, purchase a new pair of crafting scissors that are only to be used for knitting.
Crochet hooks are primarily used in knitting to add a finished border to a project. Occasionally they are called for with a knitting project. Having a G crochet hook on hand is suitable for pretty much any knitting project.
All of your basic knitting items should be kept in an organized knitting bag. You can make one yourself, use a bag you already have or purchase one at your local craft store. Knitter’s bags have special pockets to keep needles and yarn separate to avoid tangles and a mess of supplies. Once you have all of your supplies for knitting you will be ready to tackle your first project and learn how to knit. It is common for the first few projects to seem overly difficult, but do not give up. Knitting is easy to master once you have learned the basics. Take your time and remember that this is one needlecraft that is meant to be enjoyable for the crafter, not stressful.