The good news is that you don’t need a lot of materials or fancy equipment to get started knitting. All you need is a ball of yarn and some knitting needles.
Now, that’s not to say that you won’t want to buy lots of fancy doodads later…there is plenty of gorgeous and handy knitting-related tools and accessories that you’ll want to get, but you can get those later.
For now, let’s just talk about what you need to learn the basics of knitting:
There are many different types of yarn available and the choices can be overwhelming for a complete beginner.
For learning the basics of knitting, I recommend that you simply start with a medium (#4) yarn, often referred to as “worsted” weight. If you choose a yarn that is too thin or too thick, it will be harder to create the stitches.
When choosing the right yarn for a knitting project in the future, you’ll need to consider many different things, such as the fiber content (what it is made from – e.g. wool, silk, cotton, acrylic, etc.); the “weight” (i.e. thickness) of the yarn; the recommended “gauge” or “tension” (which means, how many stitches you get in one square inch of knitted fabric); where it came from, and how it was produced, etc.
Don’t worry about that for now. Choose a medium weight that looks and feels good to you and suits your budget.
To go with your medium weight yarn, you’ll need medium sized needles – size 7, 8, or 9 (US) (or 4.5mm, 5.0mm, or 5.5mm).
Needles come in all different materials, including metal, wood, bamboo, and plastic. I recommend you start with wooden or bamboo needles, because the stitches won’t slide off so easily. Once you are more experienced, you might welcome the slipperiness of metal needles, which will allow you to knit faster.
Or…Buy a Learn to Knit Kit (it includes everything you need to get started)!
Once you learn the basics of knitting, you’ll want to knit your first project. I recommend that beginners start with dishcloths as their first project.
I have to confess, I was late to the dishcloth party (only knitting my first dishcloth after knitting for about 7 years!). They are seriously the best thing to get started with, and they are incredibly functional too! Since you’ll be using them to wipe up spills and clean the counter tops, who cares if they’re not “perfect.”
I use Knit Picks Dishie Yarn to make my dishcloths. It is affordable and comes in a wide range of stunning colours.
If you’re just starting out, I recommend this Learn to Knit Dishcloth Kit. The kit includes:
- 3 balls of Dishie Yarn (colors: Fiesta Red Swan, Creme Brulee, and Swan)
- a pair of US size 8 (5mm) Caspian straight knitting needles
- a yarn needle (to weave in your yarn ends)
- an instruction booklet with photo illustrations helping you every step of the way
- a pin to wear once you’ve completed your dishcloths.
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Now that you’ve gathered your materials, let’s get started with the next lesson: