It is sometimes difficult to know where to start when you want to take up a new hobby or learn a new craft, however there are so many ways to learn nowadays that it is so easy to learn.
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The internet is a great way to find learning resources to send you on your way. YouTube videos and free knitting websites have step-by-step instructions on what to do and where to start.
But before all that you are going to need some supplies to get you started. Best thing to do is head down to your local craft shop and pick up the following items:
~ Knitting needles. There are so many to choose from in regards to size and material. It is usually best to go with the size that the pattern suggests. For a beginner I would choose a 3mm or 3.25mm size standard set of needles.
~Yarn. For a beginner I would recommend an acrylic texture yarn. Patterns will usually recommend the type of yarn appropriate to that project.
~Notebook. This is useful for counting stitches or keeping track of when to change wool colour etc. Also good to jotting down ideas and designs.
~Sewing needle. This needs to be a quite large sewing needle which will allow the thick wool to fit through the eye of the needle.
~Knitting bag or box. To keep all your knitting gear together.
This should be enough to get you started.
Ok, so next step is to decide what you want to knit. The best thing for a beginner to start with and get some practice on is a scarf. They are quite simple and fast to make and great for seeing any mistakes.
Check out Beginners Guide to Knitting - Part 2 for the next installment which includes:
~Videos and instructions on how to cast on and cast off.
~Videos and instructions on how to knit in plain garter stitch.
~Free scarf pattern to get you started.