What is it?
Knitting is the process of interlocking loops of yarn to create rows, which will form different structures depending on the pattern you’re using. It’s frequently used to make items of clothing such as jumpers, scarves and gloves as well as soft toys. Knitting can be done with needles, your fingers or with a knitting machine and you can create many different styles using different knitting stitches. The most basic of these are the knit and purl stitches, which are used in stockinette (also known as stocking stitch) and garter stitch patterns.
What do I need?
The basics you need for knitting are simply two knitting needles, a ball of yarn, a pattern to follow and a pair of scissors. However, it’s also handy to have a measuring tape, stitch markers, yarn needles, point protectors and a row counter, especially if you’re working on a larger project.
How do I make it?
The first thing to master when you start out is how to cast on and basic stitches. There are some great step-by-step guides with diagrams that you can follow on How to Knit.
Why do you like it?
I’m still learning how to advance my knitting skills, but I’ve made plenty of scarves for my friends in the process! I like the fact I can do other things like watch a film whilst knitting (providing I don’t get too distracted) and it’s rather therapeutic at the same time.
What’s your favourite method of knitting? Do you have any tips for beginners? I’d love to hear from you!