Over the years I have come across a wide variety of books, online tutorials, and even online classes. But as a person coming into the world of knitting, it is often overwhelming and a little perplexing for them to figure out just where they should start.
I strongly urge those who are interested to start with their local yarn store for beginning knitting lessons, as well as the big box stores like Joanns, Michaels and even Hobby Lobby. Quite often these stores offer beginning knitting lessons for a very low-cost and it gives you the ability to sit with an instructor face to face.
Another option for learning is to simply pick up a book but that can be a challenge as there are tons of “how-to” books out there. I personally have a few favorites that I think are perfect for beginners -
- Teach Yourself Visually – Knitting
- Boye – I Taught Myself Knitting
- The National Needlearts Association – How to Knit
- Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting
- Knit Simple: Knitting Workshops – I reviewed this book a while back and it’s great for beginners!
How about an online class where you can learn at your own pace, ask questions from the instructor and other class members? Knit Lab with Stefanie Japel is an excellent online class brought to you by Craftsy.com . This class teaches the basics of knitting, how to increase or decrease, how to make a buttonhole, knit lace, block, seam including and how to read patterns.
Online sources are also a great way to learn and here are a few to check out:
- Knit Picks tutorial collection
- Knitting Help – Great source for new knitters as well as knitters of all stages
- Knitting Pattern Central – Online Instructions
- Tech Knitting - Invaluable collection of in-depth, clear, illustrated explanations of knitting techniques
- Video tutorials at Knitting at Knoon
Once you have decided to learn, you will soon find out there is a wonderful world of supporters out there that will cheer you on, give you advice and help you over knitting obstacles. The fiber community is very “close knit” but very helpful, warm and nurturing. So, don’t ever be afraid to ask for help, it’s out there!
Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!