Learning To Knit is a Smart Thing to Do
Learning how to knit has been one of the best choices I have ever made.
At the time, I just thought it would be fun to learn how to knit. I had no idea how much of a positive impact it would have on my life.
I couldn’t have known at the time that it would become a form of therapy for me; that it would see me through long episodes of clinical depression and chronic fatigue. Or that it would be my number one source of stress relief as a new and overwhelmed mother of young children.
When I’m not struggling with the ups and downs of busy life, knitting is something that just makes me happy! It’s what I love to do when I have a few moments to myself.
- I love the feel of yummy, squishy yarn as it runs through my fingers.
- I love to admire the beautiful colours and stunning stitches transform into a knitted fabric as I work the yarn in my hands, one stitch at a time.
- I love to feel productive and purposeful.
- I love to make unique, handmade gifts for the people in my life.
- I love do my part to preserve and protect our environment and natural resources.
- I love supporting crafters and small, local business owners.
- I love being creative.
….the list goes on.
Knitting is so much more than just a craft to me. It has enhanced my life in more ways than I can even say.
That’s why I’d like to share this guide with you. Perhaps knitting will have a positive impact on your life, and the lives of others too?
Knitting might very well save your life one day. It could certainly help you through some rough times. But don’t wait until you’re in the thick of it before you turn to knitting as a self-help tool. It will be too late then.
Develop the skills now, and you’ll have your knitting in your wellness toolkit when you need it.
If you’d like to learn how to knit and you are a complete beginner, this tutorial is for you. You’ll learn step-by-step, how to knit.
Anyone Can Learn to Knit
Really, it’s not that hard.
But when you are starting out, it can seem really hard. It can feel awkward and slow. You’ll make tons of mistakes and you might get frustrated and want to give up. You may not really understand what you’re trying to do.
It takes time to feel comfortable holding the yarn and needles, but with a little patience and practice, you’ll be knitting in no time! I promise.
Since I learned how to knit, there are so many more books, free video tutorials, and paid courses available online. The internet has made it so easy for people to share their knitting knowledge with others, and more and more people are looking online for “how to” tutorials.
But as a beginner, it can be hard to know where to start. Sometimes, it’s a case of information overload.
I’ve created this tutorial as a step-by-step guide so that you can just start at the beginning and learn each thing you need to know to move forward.
I hope you find it helpful!
7 Mindset Tips Before You Get Started…
1) Start Where You Are
We all have to start somewhere. You must start from where you are. It’s no good looking at what others can do and beating yourself up because you’re not “there” yet. Figure out what you need to know now to move on to the next step. If you need to start at the beginning, start there. Don’t try to run before you can walk.
As with any skill, if you want to get better at something, you must practice. The same is true for knitting. The only way that you will feel more comfortable holding the yarn and needles is with practice. The only way you will learn to knit smoothly, is with practice. The only way you will knit faster is with practice. You get my point. Practice, practice, practice.
3) Be Patient
While you are practicing, you must be patient. It takes time to learn new skills and it take time to get better at those skills. Practice and patience go hand-in-hand.
4) Hush Your Inner Critic
If you hear that little inner critic yapping loudly in your ear…shut ‘er up! As I said above, it’s going to feel weird and awkward in the beginning. It’s normal. It’s got nothing to do with you or your ability to knit. It feels like that for all of us. There’s no need to start putting yourself down if you can’t do it at first. Talk to yourself as if you were talking to a good friend. What would you tell her if she was getting frustrated and said that she was “no good?” Tell yourself kind words of encouragement and don’t give up!
5) Keep Going
When you feel like giving up….don’t! If you need to, put down your knitting and take a little break. Take few calming breaths, and try again. You can completely unravel what you have done and start over, it’s all good!
If you’re really stuck, and can’t figure it out on your own, seek out some help. Ask a friend who knows how to knit to help you. Join a knitting group at a local community centre or visit a yarn store, where you can ask someone for help. Take a knitting class with in-person instruction. We all have different learning styles. But please, don’t give up. You can do this, as long as you just keep going!
6) Mistakes are Part of the Process
Mistakes happen. We all make them – experienced and beginner knitters alike. So don’t let the fear of making mistakes stop you from learning how to knit. Almost any mistake is fixable, or it can be ignored. Worst case scenario, you just unravel your knitting and start again. No biggie.
If you let them, mistakes can teach you a lot about knitting. You’ll quickly take your knitting up a notch if you treat each mistake as a learning opportunity. Of course, it is best to learn how to avoid certain mistakes in the first place. But, mistakes are inevitable, so learning how to fix them is part of learning how to knit. Once you discover that mistakes can be easy to fix, you’ll have a lot more confidence…which allows you to enjoy the process all the more (see my last tip!)
7) Enjoy the process, not just the product
Try to enjoy the process. It’s natural to want to hurry to get your knitting “done” so that you can admire your finished project. As you explore the knitting world, you’ll soon discover thousands of enticing projects that you’ll want to knit. You’ll may have a tendency to rush to finish one project, so that you can get started with the next one. Believe me, I’ve been there.
But if you’re interested in reaping the therapeutic benefits of knitting, you’ll want to slow down, and focus on the meditative, rhythmic and repetitive movements of knitting.
The benefits are in the process.
Think of knitting as a journey…not a destination. Just take it one stitch at a time…and have fun!