One of my loves in this world is knitting. I love the soft yarns, the stretchiness, and the many different designs I can create with a few simple stitches. This week, I am going to post several tutorials to teach you to knit, so you can share my love of this skill. I apologize to anyone who is left-handed; I am right-handed, and all of my pictures/videos show knitting right-handed.
There are a couple items to pick up to get you started:
- I suggest beginning with a set of large needles (size 10 or 11). I don't have any real preference about metal, plastic, or bamboo, the only thing to note is that if you tend to knit really tightly, you might want metal (the yarn will slide more easily), and if you knit loosely, you might want bamboo (the yarn will stick a little more to the needle). Also, start with two straight needles, not round needles.
- Pick up a skein of yarn. I like a thick yarn to learn with (worsted or chunky).
- Pull about 3 feet of yarn off the skein. Hold the yarn between your thumb and pointer finger on your right hand (the tail, or free end, of the yarn should hand down towards your wrist).