This blog post is for absolute beginners who want to learn how to knit. It covers the basic supplies you need and the very basics of getting started.
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1. What is knitting?
Knitting is a process of creating fabric by looping yarn through itself using needles. It is often used to create clothing, blankets, and other items. Knitting can be done by hand or by machine.
The basics of knitting
If you’re new to knitting, you may be wondering where to start. Here are the basics of knitting, from the types of yarn and needles you’ll need to the basic stitches. Soon you’ll be on your way to creating beautiful projects!
Types of yarn
There are many different types of yarn available, from thick and chunky to thin and delicate. For beginners, it’s best to use a medium weight yarn. This will help you get used to working with the yarn and needles and create even stitches.
Types of needles
Knitting needles come in all sorts of sizes, from very thin needles used for delicate projects to thick needles used for bulky yarns. For beginners, it’s best to start with medium-sized needles. You can always move up or down in needle size as you become more comfortable with knitting.
There are two basic stitches in knitting: the knit stitch and the purl stitch. The knit stitch is made by inserting the needle into the stitch from front to back and then knitting the stitch off the needle (wrapping the yarn around the needle as you do so). The purl stitch is made by inserting the needle into the stitch from back to front and then purling it off (again wrapping the yarn around the needle as you do so).
The benefits of knitting
There are many benefits to knitting, both for the individual and for society as a whole.
On an individual level, knitting can provide a sense of calm and well-being, can be a form of meditative mindfulness, and can help to relieve stress. It has also been shown to have therapeutic benefits for those suffering from anxiety, depression, and PTSD. In addition, knitting can keep your mind sharp and your hands agile.
On a societal level, knitting can help to build community and social cohesion. It can also be a form of activism, as knitters often make items for charity or for those in need. Finally, knitting can be a way to share culture and tradition.
The history of knitting
The history of knitting is a long and complicated one, with many theories about its origins. Some believe that knitting originated in ancient Egypt, while others believe it originated in the Middle East or China. Knitting really began to explode in popularity during the Middle Ages, when it became a popular hobby for both men and women. At this time, knitting was mostly used to create clothing and other items for personal use.
The different types of knitting
Knitting can be done using a variety of methods, and the type of knitting you do will determine the tools you need and the techniques you use. The three most common types of knitting are hand knitting, loom knitting, and machine knitting.
Hand knitting is the most traditional form of knitting, and it can be done using either needles or your hands. Needle knitting is the most common type of hand knitting, and it requires a set of two needles and yarn. To knit with needles, you will hold one needle in each hand and use them to form loops of yarn, which are then pulled through each other to create the fabric. You can also knit with your hands by using your fingers to create loops in the yarn. This method is called fingerknitting, and it is often used for projects that require large amounts of yarn or for projects that are too difficult to knit with needles.
Loom knitting is another type of hand knitting that uses a loom instead of needles. Looms come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and they have pegs that hold the yarn in place while you knit. To loom knit, you will wrap the yarn around the pegs on the loom to create loops, and then you will use a hook or your fingers to pull the loops through each other to form the fabric. Loom knitting is a great option for beginners because it is easy to learn and it doesn’t require any special skills or training.
Machine knitting is the third type of knitting, and it is done using a sewing machine that has been equipped with a special attachment called a knitting machine. Knitting machines come in a variety of sizes and styles, and they can be used to create a variety of different fabrics. To machine knit, you will feed yarn through the machine and use the needles to form loops that are then interlocked to create the fabric. Machine knitting is faster than hand knitting, but it requires more expensive equipment and some experience to learn how to use a machine properly.
How to start knitting
Before you can start knitting, you will need to gather a few supplies. You will need a skein of yarn, a pair of knitting needles, and a crochet hook (optional). You will also need a tapestry needle for weaving in your ends.
Once you have your supplies, you are ready to start knitting! To start, make a slip knot on one of your needles. Then, hold the needle with the slip knot in your left hand and the other needle in your right hand. Insert the right-hand needle into the loop of the slip knot and yarn over (i.e., wrap the yarn around) the needle.
Now gently pull the right-hand needle through the loop on the left-hand needle. You have now made one stitch! Continue making stitches in this way until you have reached the end of your row. To turn your work, simply switch which needle is in your left hand and which is in your right hand and start making stitches again from left to right.
The different types of yarn
There are many types of yarn, each with its own characteristics. The two main types of yarn are synthetic and natural fibers. Synthetic fibers are made from chemicals, while natural fibers come from plants or animals. Each type of yarn has different properties, so it is important to choose the right yarn for your project.
Synthetic fibers are usually cheaper than natural fibers and they are easy to care for. However, synthetic yarns can be less comfortable to wear and they may not hold up as well over time.
Natural fibers are usually more expensive than synthetic fibers, but they are often more comfortable to wear and they tend to last longer. Natural fibers can also be dyed more easily than synthetic fibers.
The different types of needles
Different types of knitting needles are available for different projects. The most common type of knitting needle is the straight needle, which is long and thin with a point at one end and a knob at the other. The point is used to pierce the fabric, while the knob is used to secure the yarn.
Other types of needles include circular needles, which are long and thin with a point at each end, and double-pointed needles, which are shorter and have a point at each end. These needles are used for projects that require more than one needle, such as socks or gloves.
Choosing the right type of needle for your project is important, as using the wrong type of needle can make your project more difficult. For example, using a circular needle for a project that requires straight needles can make it difficult to keep track of your stitches.
The different types of stitches
There are two main types of stitches- the knit stitch and the purl stitch. The knit stitch is made by inserted the needle into the front of the loop, then wrapping the yarn around the needle from back to front. To make a purl stitch, you insert the needle into the front of the loop and then wrap the yarn around the needle from front to back.
How to finish a knitting project
When you finish a knitting project, there are a few things you need to do in order to make sure it looks its best. First, you need to weave in any loose ends. This means taking the end of your yarn and threading it through the spaces between stitches, then trimming off the excess. This will help prevent your project from unraveling.
Next, you need to block your project. Blocking is a process of wetting or steaming your finished piece and then shaping it so that the stitches appear even and the fabric lies flat. This is especially important for items like sweaters, which can look lumpy and uneven if they’re not blocked.
Finally, once your piece is dry, you can add any finishing touches like buttons or embellishments. Then enjoy your beautiful new knitting project!