Our 3-day weekend turned into a 4-day weekend due to a rare snow day here in Minnesota. We get snow, but they know what to do with it and trust people know how to drive in it, so schools aren’t often closed. (And the kids have recess outside until is below 10º.) So, I ended up doing a lot of hanging out with the family this weekend and only did a little work yesterday. It’s catching up with me today, though, and I’ve been running a little behind. In today’s blog post, I’m going to share all of the resources that have been helpful for me as a knitting beginner.
First of all, I have been reading through a few different books that have been a helpful resource. I like reading out the information and then, if I get stuck, I’ll find a video tutorial online made for knitting beginners. It’s sometimes helpful to see the knitting in action. For me, anyway!
This book is a comprehensive book for knitting. I would say it’s been helpful for me as a beginner, but so much of it is over my head. I do think it will be a good book to use as a resource as I continue to learn. It has so much great information from different types of stitches to how to fix mistakes and even how to design your own patterns and designs. This book does not include any patterns, though.
This book is very similar to the Vogue Knitting book, but it does stick more to the basics and it does have some patterns for beginners. If you’d like some projects that work with the tutorials in the book, this book is better to start with than the book above.
This book is very similar to the first Vogue Knitting book. It’s a resource book and guide but doesn’t have any patterns. In hindsight, I could’ve just bought one or the other, not both.
I bought this book because it’s full of projects that are small and don’t look too complicated. I’ve already marked several I’d like to try to make.
I watched a lot of tutorials on YouTube and various sites and HappyBerry Knitting YouTube Channel was one of my favorites. She was very good and teaching beginner knitting basics and has some great projects, too. She taught slowly and carefully but wasn’t painfully slow or repetitive.
I watched her How to Cast Off to learn to cast off…
I was knitting for a couple of weeks before I finally decided to make something instead of just squares and rectangles.
I found this great tutorial – How to knit a hat for complete beginners. She teaches the long-tail cast-on, knit & purl stitches, and other basics while working on the project. This is a great place to start for knitting beginners…
The first hat I made ended up being way too small (like toddler-sized), but I adjusted the pattern to make it a little bigger. I also went rogue and added in a second color of yarn, which makes the pattern smaller and less stretchy. I think I need to increase the needle size when I do the two-color work. So, I need to find a toddler to give the little green hat to I made the blue checked hat for myself, but that one fits a little funny, too!
I think when you’re a beginner ar something, like knitting, it’s so important to celebrate what you’ve learned with each project as well as the experience that’s been gained. I know that the first few projects I make will be wonky, especially when I’m ignoring the pattern and trying my own thing! I just can’t help myself!
And, of course, I’m already having a great time shopping for pretty needles and yummy yarns.
I’m trying to buy supplies for specific projects that I want to make, but it’s easy to fall down a rabbit hole.
My favorite places to shop for yarn are Etsy, Purl Soho (a reader suggested this site to me and it’s awesome! They even have free patterns and video tutorials for beginners.), Ingebretsen’s (this is a Nordic yarn shop in Minneapolis that carries beautiful wool yarns.) I’ve even bought some yarn off of small shops selling on Amazon. I’ve also Love Crafts for free patterns and they sell yarn and supplies, too.
Oh, also, I love the look of these twisted yarn hanks, but they are a nightmare to work from! I did end up buying a yarn winder & swift off of Etsy last year so I can wind them into balls when I’m ready to use them. Just be mindful of that!
Does anyone else have helpful resources to share for beginner knitting?
PS – You can find my knitting vs. crochet post HERE if you missed it last week. The comments are fantastic!