If you are just starting out learning how to knit, then make life a little easier for yourself and pick items that are relatively easy but are really useful. Think about socks, hats and purses, not bedspreads or jumpers. This sort of knitting only requires the bare necessities such as needles and yarn. Don’t go overboard and purchase tons of yarn as you never know if you will get the bug and really take to the pastime.
Select Your Yarn Carefully
Don’t just shop for yarn by color, different projects and knitting patterns call for different types of yarn. And yarn or wool comes in super fine, fine, light, medium, bulky, and super bulky. So, for instance you would not use super bulky for a pair of socks, but you would definitely need it for a purse. You can start with using a basic yarn which can be used for a great many items.
The needles you use for knitting really do matter. You may think that you could almost use chopsticks, but this is simply not the case. What you may not be aware of is that you have to match the needle to the yarn. So, when you are choosing your yarn as according to the knitting pattern it will also tell you what size of needles you must use also. If you do not match the yarn and needle together then you will either end up with large holes in your garment, or an extremely tight weave. Your preference for material in your needle selection will probably come from practice. Plastic or wooden are the most common and there are even bamboo needles. You will find that the more expensive metal needles are harder to knit with because the yarn can easily slip off. Start with simple straight needles and stay clear of patterns that require double pointed or circular needles.
There is another needle that you may need that is called a yarn needle. This is a very small metal needle that you use to tidy up your loose threads on your finished product. They will make your work look really professional, neat and tidy. If you don’t have a yarn needle you will have to cut the loose threads with scissors, and the problem with doing this is that they can fray or easily catch.
Keeping Your Knitting Gear Together
Once you have your yarn, needles, and yarn needle you need to keep then all in one place. Remember that you will need somewhere to protect your patterns, a smaller bag for things like yarn needles and a larger bag to keep different projects separate. Knitting is a great pastime to take up and is relatively cheap to start. If you keep to the basics at the beginning, then you will find it much easier as you progress. The thing to remember is don’t try to run before you can walk, and that way your interest will stay keen and you won’t be tempted to give up.