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Basic Knitting – What you Need to Get Started

Basic KnittingKnitting 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.

Knitting Needles

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

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.

30 Responses to “Basic Knitting – What you Need to Get Started”

  1. Rickie says:

    This article brings back so many happy childhood memories of my mother teaching me to knit. She deserved a medal for her patience because of dropped stitches and holes in my knitting. I haven’t knitted for years but I’m considering taking it up again. Thanks for this useful article!

  2. Good on you for creating a post on basic knitting. I’ve been given some yarn from my Nanna and some of her old needles. Have been watching videos on Youtube on how to knit and although I have dropped some stitches and knitted a bit of a scarf I thought I’d try a knitting bag next just made out of two large squares. It’s been fun so far and I hope to improve as I get more experience.

  3. gail says:

    Great article! There’s nothing wrong with basic knitting, you can create some very useful items such as scarves, blankets etc. Thanks for writing this.

  4. I’ve been knitting for 28 years and I have never used a crochet hook in my life. Where have I been? Lol

  5. Maria says:

    Always the fun part deciding on the yarn and pattern…such fun!

  6. Constructive writing here about what’s required to knit well.

  7. Great practical suggestions in your knitting post.

  8. Shirley Haig says:

    Keep up the information packed articles you write about knitting. Good work 🙂

  9. Annie says:

    Hehe, going on a long road trip tomorrow and ten guesses what I’ll be sure to have with my – of course my knitting!!!

  10. Tegan says:

    Loving your passion and enthusiasm for knitting 🙂

  11. I liked your post about knitting. I would add that buying the correct ply is really important. You wouldn’t want to replace double knit with 4 ply for example, would you?

  12. Ingrid says:

    Lovely encouraging words you shared – perseverance pays off.

  13. I’m glad you mentioned the importance of compartments in a knitting bag to prevent everything getting messed up. 🙂

  14. Great sharing on knitting, I prefer wooden knitting needles but they don’t come in lots of different sizes…bummer!

  15. Alex says:

    What are par scissors? Cheers

  16. Belinda says:

    After reading your article I ought to buy myself a good pair of scissors, I have been breaking the wool with my hands!

  17. Fanny says:

    Glad you pointed out about needle size. You don’t want an oversized garment! Check your tension square too.

  18. Karen Biddle says:

    Hehe I laughed when I read what you’d written. My husband cringes every time I come home with more yarn or another book ~ GROAN!

  19. Angela says:

    I’d be adding to your list a tape measure too 😉

  20. Love your post about basic knitting. My first experience with knitting was as a child taking part in a fundraiser knitting large squares. I thought it was cool.

  21. paula abdul says:

    I agree with the post about starting out and not needing to buy expensive yarn. Especially when teaching a child that is. They take a while to get the hang of it, drop stitches, knit many together so don’t waste money on expensive stuff. Start off simple. Ask friends if they have any leftovers for a child starting to learn to knit.

  22. Your article brings back memories of when I first learned to knit. Possibly when I was about 9 years of age. My first knitting needles were made of wood! 🙂

  23. Great idea to create your own bag to store all your knitting gear in. I can sew but just beginning to knit. Thanks for your post!

  24. Veronica J says:

    Thanks so much for providing great info here. Odd balls of wool can be purchased cheaply from the “special” bins…worth considering.

  25. Fran S says:

    Haha I loved this post. I remember my Mom continually needing to fix my mistakes such as dropped stitches when I was learning to knit :D. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  26. You mentioned good quality scissors and yes these are a must. Don’t you just hate it when you spot your good scissors being used for other things though.

  27. Loved what you’ve written here 🙂 Knitting up the tension square is important too especially if you’ve decided to try a different yarn to what the pattern suggests.

  28. S Hilyard says:

    It’s too true it is hard to resist the temptation to buy all manner of patterns and yarn that’s why I have too many projects on the go at once :).

  29. Gail Ford says:

    i am knitting a sweater that requires I change color yarn twice throughout a row but it looks untidy. Any tips? I think I’ll go check out online for the answer. Well researched information on your knitting article.

  30. Barbara H says:

    I can so relate to what you say, that’s why I have 6 cross stitch begun and two knitting project too, then again I’m reading three books at a time too. Anyone else like me?


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