That's great you are interested in learning to knit. If you like to learn by watching videos, be sure to check out our quick How To Knit videos here.
Why Learn To Knit?
There's a host of reason but here are few!
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For thousands of years knitting has been practiced as both a necessity for living and a form of creative expression. Most histories of knitting place its origin somewhere in the Middle East, and from there it spread to Europe by Mediterranean trade routes and later to the Americas with European colonization. That said, knitting also dated back pre-colonization in South America where Peruvians were knitting elegant tapestries for royalty. If you are every in Lima, be sure to visit the Amano Museum for an amazing tour of pre-columbian artwork and textiles.
Unlike the majority of modern knitters, during the early years of knitting in Europe, knitting was the domain of men. Later on as it was popularized, it caught on among women too, not only as a profession but also as a hobby.
In Britain it became a popular with the country exporting large amounts of knitted stockings and eventually other apparel like hats, sweaters and scarves.
Today knitting has again been gaining in popularity around the work as a creative hobby among millenials and others embracing the DIY movement. During times of economic strife like during the great depression, knitting became a necessity as to keep warm with sweaters and other apparel that was too expensive to purchase. Darning sockswas also popular as a way to extend the useful life of socks with an economic way to repair holes in socks and other knitwear.
Now sharing ideas for knitting techniques has been made popular by quick and easy knitting videos such as ours that quickly show you step by step how to accomplish a specific knitting technique.
Browse our complete collection of circular knitting needles for sale here. To get started, simply browse through the collection of resources below!
Popular Brands of Knitting Needles
In modern knitting there are many types of knitting needles and many various manufacturers all over the world. The most popular manufacturer of quality circular needles is Addi in Germany. The Addi Turbo Circular needles are made of nickel plated aluminum with a very smooth join where the needle meets the cable. Addi also makes a bamboo circular needle as well as lace circulars which have a sharper point for smaller yarn. They come with a lifetime warranty and are available in nearly every knitting shop across the country.
Here's the smooth joins on Addi Circular Needles
Another very popular brand are the Chiaogoo circular needles. The Chiaogoo brand stands for "highly skillful and crafty lady” and pronounced “chaw-goo”. ChiaoGoo surgical-grade stainless steel needles have a smooth, satin finish that minimizes reflections. If you have a sensitivity or allergy to nickel but still prefer a lightweight metal needle, these are a great choice instead of nickel-plated needles. ChiaoGoo tips are among the sharpest in the industry, and favored by knitters requiring precision for lace or sock projects.
Prefer wood or bamboo? Using ChiaoGoo bamboo needles is environmentally friendly as bamboo is a quickly renewable resource. Bamboo needles are approximately 60% lighter than aluminum needles of the same size, making it more comfortable for you, the knitter/crocheter. Bamboo needles are very strong. Fibers under the bamboo’s skin are extremely elastic and have tensile strength comparable to steel! Chiaogoo knitting needles are far superior than clover with precision quality and great price point.
Another popular brand of knitting needle is Knitter's Pride. Knitter's Pride Needles are precision crafted and are a superior quality needle, produced in a variety of finishes from bamboo, carbon fiber, steel and even in square needles for those with arthritis! They also carry a full line of interchangeable needles.
Here's a video to get you started
Simple Techniques and Process of Knitting
Where to Purchase Knitting Supplies
Sometimes you just need an easy project to work on, and Kelley's new free pattern, the Simple Ribbed Hat, is the perfect cast-on for times like these.
We debuted this pattern on a recent Technique Tuesday on Facebook Live, and Kelley used it to demonstrated how to fix a few common mistakes knitters make all the time (even a pro-level knitter like Kelley!).
You'll learn how to fix dropped stitches, turn purls into knits, and fix incorrectly oriented stitches.
Have you heard of Izzy Dolls? They're darling little toys that are included in aid packages, and are sometimes a child's first toy. Designer Esther Braithwaite has developed many patterns for Izzy Dolls, sometimes called Comfort Dolls, and they're available free in her Ravelry store.
Kelley fell in love with them and decided to feature Izzy Dolls on her weekly Facebook Live broadcast, Technique Tuesday.