So, you want to learn to knit. Congratulations! In just a few minutes you will pick up a skill you can enjoy for the rest of your life! Not only will you have the ability to create a lot of cool garments, knitting also provides a great way to relax and unwind. In addition, knitting is portable. Unlike many hobbies that are done alone or require a lot of materials, knitting can go wherever you go; doctors office, library, coffee shop, sporting events, airplanes, trains, cars, etc. It's also a very social hobby and a great way to get together with friends and meet other knitters.
What You Need to Start Knitting
You don't need many knitting supplies to get started, just a few basic materials that will insure your success.
- A ball of basic yarn: Choose a smooth wool or wool blend yarn. It will allow you to see your stitches and get a feel for the knitting technique. I recommend using: Plymouth Galway Wool OR Plymouth Encore Worsted OR Knit One Crochet Too Nautika Yarn (perfect if you are allergic to wool). Pick a color you like. This yarn will be helpful not only to get started, but to have on hand whenever you want to learn a new stitch or technique. This is just a practice ball and you will quickly move on to some of the more novelty and fun yarns after you have learned to knit.
- A pair of knitting needles: I highly recommend using a pair of Bamboo Knitting needles. They allow you to control your stitches without being too slippery. You will need size US 8 (5.0mm) needles. I do not recommend plastic or metal needles to get started, they are too slippery and hard to maintain.
- A pair of scissors: Nothing fancy, just a pair of scissors so you can cut your yarn and start another swatch or project.
- A finishing or tapestry needle: You'll need a finishing needle for weaving in the yarn ends after you have completed your project.