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.
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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
If you've ever struggled with the decrease section when knitting a hat on 16-inch circular needles, you need to learn the Magic Loop method of knitting. Similarly, if you hate how sweater sleeves twist up while knitting in the round, you need to learn the magic loop technique.
This technique works on just about any size project, so you can use it exclusively for smaller projects in the round, such as hats, sleeves, mittens, cowls, socks, and so on.
Kelley just finished knitting the Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry, and she's fallen in love with mosaic knitting.
While it sounds complicated or fiddly—mosaics are made up of little pieces of glass, after all—mosaic knitting is super easy. Seriously, you end up with a beautiful colorwork project, but you're only using one color in each row.
Note: Please use the following sizing chart for general reference only. Sizes between different vendors and manufacturers may vary. Please match your measurements to those in the size chart below.