How to Make 2021 the Year You Finally Become a Knitter
New year, new ball of wool.
It's been a long, difficult year of hunkering down and masking up, and the appeal of curling up with some wooden needles and yarn seems more enticing than ever. For those who are new to the craft, however, it can be a bit intimidating. That's why we're sharing five easy tips to get started. Read on...that gorgeous scarf isn't going to knit itself.
- Try some video tutorials.
We're huge fans of We Are Knitters on YouTube, and a quick search on the video aggregator for "free knitting videos for beginners will reveal countless more options. Personally, we love that We Are Knitters provides practical instructions like how to sew a hem or how to seam sleeves, along with fun vids like how to crochet a petal or how to knit the butterfly stitch, but explore a few different channels and see which you like best.
2. Block off time on your calendar to knit every week.
As with any resolution, if you don't put in the time, you won't see the results. Just as you'd pencil in a workout on your calendar, give yourself a weekly recurring meeting with yourself (or better yet, a virtual friends' group) to get knitting. By carving out the time on a regular basis, you're sure to improve, and the weekly "knitting block" on your calendar will help engrain the habit in your routine.
3. Get the right tools.
We're going to take this sage advice from knitting expert Lauren McElroy, also known as Mother of Purl: "If you're just starting out, pay attention to the tools that you have. If you get some really nice silk yarn, and you're using standard aluminum needles, you're going to have a really hard time because it's going to slip off," as she told Apartment Therapy in a recent article. McElroy's picks for beginners? Wooden needles and wool. Save experimenting with expensive fabrics and needles for once you've got a better lay of the land.
4. Try a new technique in each project you take on.
Not only will you have a motley assortment of goods at the end of a few months, but challenging yourself to try a new technique with every new project you embark on will help you master diverse knitting skills quickly. "Don't get stuck in a rut of only knitting plain ol' stockinette or garter stitch rectangles, because you won't be stimulating your brain and knitting will begin to feel like a monotonous chore," wrote Kristi Kittelson, editor of AllFreeKnitting.com. "If you're always teaching yourself something new with every new pattern, your skillset will balloon dramatically and you'll find yourself unafraid to tackle anything."
5. Get creative with your scrap yarn.
One of the most rewarding parts of being a knitter is finding clever uses for all of your yarn odds-and-ends, and the satisfaction that comes from upcycling materials instead of throwing them out. From knitted swatch wall art to adorable "bunny nuggets," we love this guide to using up all your scrap yarn from DIYEverywhere.com.
Stick to these five guidelines and we're calling it now: Your 2022 New Year's resolution will be teaching someone you love how to knit. Pay it — ahem, knit it — forward, crafters.