We asked this question on the Facebook page of our sister site Craftbits.com, and got several great answers.
Add your own tip for newbies to Knitting in the comments. And the top tip for a knitting newbie is? Read on till the end to find out!
So here goes:
Don’t be afraid to learn new knits to mix up your projects.
Have nice needles.
Don’t be afraid to pull it out and start again, one of the best ways to learn
Don’t stab your teacher with your knitting needle if you get frustrated. Also, be patient.
Save all wool – as scraps make a gorgeous scarf
Also- start with basic stitches – so you can achieve something- feels GREAT when you do
If at first u don’t succeed don’t give up! Try again
Mistakes are your friend – Start first project as a ‘have a go’ scarf – encourage errors and learn from them – “look at my hilarious thing that taught me so much” lets you depart from stress and learn to play.
I cursed a lot…but I didn’t have anyone to really help me so YouTube became my go to for help….
Develop a rhythm and keep your tension even. Continental style works best, as well as allowing you to knit fast like wind. Start slow and steady and voila.
Practice a ton to get your cadence down… It’s what makes the difference between a beautiful piece and an ‘eh’ piece:)
Hide your yarn from the cats.
Make gauge swatches!!!
Get The Knifty Knitter rings, it is easy and fun,
Count your stitches at the end of each and every row.
Put your wool in a fridge when not in use. I worked in a wool shop as a teenager and this is what the owner told me. Xx
Crochet instead lol!
practice, practice, practice!!
Stay calm, the more u panic the more ur hands get sweaty x
Don’t give up
Take it slowly, don’t be too adventurous, start with a garter stitch scarf.
So, the one top tip for a knitting newbie is – if you read the whole thing: Patience! Have a lot of patience and practice a lot.
Add your tips in the comments?
By Vikram Goyal