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Beginner’s Guide to Knitting

August 8, 2016

'Tis the season to learn how to knit. In our opinion the best fall accessory is a hand-knit piece, and there's no better time to learn how to make your own. It can feel confusing in the beginning but have no fear we all started there. Take it one step at a time; first things first, pick a pattern. We rate all of our patterns based on difficulty, so you can choose based on experience. A few of our favorite beginner knits? The Afton Shrug, Caledonia Cowl, and Scandia Throw.


- A pattern 

- Knitting needles

- Yarn

- Tape measurer 

- Skissors


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(Top L) The Afton Shrug,(Bottom L) Caledonia Cowl, and (R) Scandia Throw.

After choosing a pattern, go through the directions to determine what kind of yarn and what size knitting needles you'll need. Then head over to your local yarn store, meet some yarnies, and pick up a new retail therapy habit. Once you've collected your tools and are on the couch, keep it simple and start by mastering four basic "moves." We like these instructional diagrams from Design Sponge and the Craft Yarn Council

4 building blocks of knitting

- Cast on

- Knit

- Purl  

- Bind off



Once you've learned these four building blocks and knit a couple of projects using only these techniques we promise that you will start to understand what this knitting thing is all about. Everyone has questions. There are so many great resources to learn the basics of knitting it is hard to choose which to share with you. Join a knitting group, buy a beginner stitch dictionary, reach out to a fellow knitter, or when in doubt, grab some popcorn and Youtube a stitch. Here is a collection of resources that we think are particularly helpful. Just remember, you can do knit!


- Sheep & Stitch (video tutorials)

- eKnitting Stiches (video tutorials)

- Vogue Knitting (stitchionary)

- Craftsy (online knitting classes)

- LoveKnitting (how-to blogs)


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