Like most skills, once you master the art of knitting, it is a really enjoyable and relaxing activity. Learning how to knit, however, can be a frustrating and challenging experience, with determination and focus required. Being a practical skill, it is not the easiest subject to teach via the written word, but hopefully, the tips below will make your learning curve that little less steep. Use Big Needles And Thick Wool A lot of the problems that people learning to knit suffer from, are related to the fiddly nature of knitting. Stitches getting dropped, casting on before you even begin, all require dexterity, and it is a little like learning to tie a shoe lace. Once you have mastered it, you cannot understand why it was so difficult in the first place. To try and make the learning process easier, chose large needles and thick wool. This makes holding the needles easier and allows your brain to focus fully on the skill at hand rather than the tiny needles, stitches and thin yarn. Once you have mastered the skill, then you can choose whatever size of needles and wool your pattern dictates. Understand Which Type Of Learner You Are Historically most people have learned how to knit sat on their grandmother’s knee, but if you don’t have this luxury, then try and work out how which learning style suits you best. For some people if you are a visual learner, then YouTube videos might be your best option, for others, reading a magazine or a book might help you to learn quicker. The beauty of the modern world is that with the internet, you have every teaching style at your fingertips, so once you understand which type of learner you are your skills should be able to develop rapidly. Never Quit It Will Get Easier Nothing in life that is worth having comes easily. Keep reminding yourself of the positive reasons that made you decide to learn how to knit in the first place. Sure you will have bad days, days when you want to throw the needles out of the window, but sometimes those are the days when you are just a few minutes away from a breakthrough. And trust me when I say the feeling of failure when you quit is much worse than the little periods of frustration you will inevitably suffer while learning. Try And Learn Together With A Friend For those of us who have tried to lose weight, or give up smoking, having a friend or partner who is also going through the same process can be an excellent form of encouragement and support. They understand your angst, your frustrations, and your pain because they are going through the same thing. So if you can find a friend who also wants to learn how to knit, you can bounce off each other, learn from each other, and perhaps even have a bit of friendly competition, to keep the motivation strong. Knitting is difficult enough to learn, but trust me when I say, once mastered it is a wonderfully productive and relaxing skill to pursue.Read More
Many years ago, when I was a child, the art of knitting was very much the preserve of my grandmother. I had numerous thick warm woolen sweaters, over the winter months, always in hindsight in a cream/white color. Those sweaters still bring back fond memories, and I was never cold when wearing one. With the advance of technology, the death of wool shops on the high street, and the cost both financially and in time invested to knit a jumper you might think that knitting would have dropped significantly regarding popularity. However knitting as a hobby is experiencing somewhat of a renaissance, and there are a number of reasons why. 1. Cost Before you start screaming at the computer, let me explain what I mean here. Knitting your own jumper will cost you more money than buying a jumper in the local store. We know that your hand made jumper will be of much higher quality than the one from the shop but initially at sometimes a third of the price how can I claim cost as a benefit. Well, I am not just discussing the cost of the jumper. I am talking about knitting as a hobby. Compared to many other hobbies, knitting is very inexpensive, and of course, you end up with a completed useful item at the end. Compare that to almost any other hobby and you will find that knitting really does provide value for money. 2. Satisfaction and Sense of Achievement For those of us who don’t knit, it is difficult to explain the pride and pleasure that can be taken from a beautifully finished piece of knitwear. And these feelings are multiplied tenfold when you get to see a grandchild or other family member enjoying the item and wearing it regularly by choice. The time, effort, energy and love you have poured into that garment seem more than worth it at this point. 3. A Productive Way To Relax If you were to ask most people how they relax, I would imagine the answer would be lying around on a bed near the sea. But that is not achievable for the majority of us, and it certainly not a productive use if your time. Knitting is a relatively easy skill to perform once mastered. You can sit back and relax, and the muscle memory will keep the production process ticking along. In the process, you relax and create a beautiful piece of clothing. 4. Maintains Your Manual Dexterity I personally suffer from Psoriatic Arthritis and have done for most of my life. I know that the less I use my joints, the more problems I will suffer from in the future, and the quicker the problem will develop. By using my hands for something that requires a lot of joint movement such as knitting, I feel very strongly that I am helping to keep my joints flexible and supple. 5. Teachable Moments With Your Family One of my favorite memories as a child was sitting on my grandmother’s knee, and learning how to knit. The act of teaching your grandchild a useful skill, is also a perfect bonding experience for both parties, and one that forms wonderful memories for years to come. Perhaps I am getting soft in my old age, but that memory has remained with me for many years, and every time I knit I am reminded of my beautiful grandmother. These are just some of the reasons why knitting is such a popular and growing pastime, and not everything should be down to the pure cost. I hope this article gave you something to think about and consider, and maybe even encouraged you to pick up the needles again.Read More
As a child, everyone must with have seen their grannies knitting up the dull yarn into beautiful sweaters and caps with their magical fingers. In olden days knitting was considered to be the most rewarding hobby, but nowadays it is considered “new age yoga”. Knitting is not just the art of interweaving the yarn together but is an artistic way to express one‘s emotions and gives wings to one’s creativity.
For knitting you need the knitting needles, knitting yarn and an abundance of creativity. The two basic stitches for the new knitters to learn are Knit and Purl, and as the person becomes familiar with these knitting skills, he'll be able to learn various other techniques such as the casting on stitches, bind off knitting, increasing stitches, decreasing stitches, knitting in the round, knitting cables, etc. Knitting and crocheting are similar to some extent in both the techniques loops or stitches are pulled in between each other in a unique way to weave the fabric. The points that differentiate knitting from crochet are that in crochet numerous stitches are used at the same time.These engaging loops are used to hold the needles till another loop is pulled through them.While knitting is done with two needles, crocheting requires a single needle. As far as the knitting yarn is concerned, it comes in a variety of thicknesses or weights. These weights determine the sizes of the needles that are going to be used in the knitting of the fabric. Some of the popular knitting yarns are: lace knitting yarn, fingering knitting yarn, sports yarn, light worsted yarn, worsted yarn, bulky wool and last but not the least roving knitting yarn.For all these yarns different sized needles are used. Needles come in different sizes ranging from 000000 to 50 (U.S.A size).
In ancient times needles were mostly made of tortoiseshell, ivory, and walrus tusks but as the time passed by wooden needles, metal needles came into existence in addition to bamboo needles, plastic needles, etc. In the market one can easily get single-pointed needles, double-pointed needles as well circular needles. Knitting technique can be divided into two styles namely weft knitting versus Wrap Knitting, and the class is flat knitting versus circular knitting.
In the Weft technique the prominent zigzag pattern can be noticed all over the fabric which is followed in the adjacent columns instead of rows but in the case of wrap, the zigzag design is followed in the adjacent rows instead of columns. In circular knitting, the delicate tube is achieved with the help of casting stitches style while in the flat knitting pattern garment is knitted from the interchange sides.
Nowadays, knitting can be a great stress reducer. Nicknamed as the “New Age Yoga,” this skill is quite effective in stress-free moments and also boost up the concentration power of the knitter.
Knitting can be a marvelous solution to the problem of the communication gap taking place in many relationships especially in the relation between parents and children. Whenever free a mother, and her child can try their hands at knitting which in turn prove to be a great bonding exercise.
In the end, it can be said; this is certainly one of those skills that can be passed on to next generation for all the good reasons. If you haven't yet tried your hand at knitting, give it a go and see how you like it.Read More