Elsie & Fleur

If you’ve always hankered after learning the art of knitting, then here’s how, and it’s especially easy to learn at this time of year when it’s a tad chilly to be outdoors.

Once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to knit and watch TV or FaceTime/Skype your friends and love ones or a whole host of other things! It’s multi-tasking at its best.

  1. To get started all you need are needles, wool and a willing teacher – ask your mum, aunt, a neighbour or friend as there is no better way of learning than one-to-one. There are also now lots of video tutorials online.
  2. Join a knitting club. There are lots around.
  3. First of all get the hang of casting own your wool, then learn how to kit and purl.
  4. Once you’ve master the basics you can move on to experimenting with textures and other techniques.
  5. Experiment with different types of wool, needle sizes and wool colours.
  6. Try increasing and decreasing stitches or creating a looser or tighter knit.
  7. Then have ago at knitting multi-coloured scarves for family and friends.
  8. Finally get yourself a pattern and try something more exciting like a jumper.

For knitting courses near you, check out the UK Hand Knitting Association website: www.ukhandknitting.com.

Written by Sarah Johnstone — February 06, 2015

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