One advice that I can give to all the people that want to start knitting is to carefully choose their knitting needles. That might sound silly, but in reality, it is really important part of your knitting journey and if you want to be successful later on, you will need to learn when to use certain needle types. When it comes to knitting needles, you have the option to choose between many different types and choosing the right type can mean a lot and it will affect the results that you will be getting.
One of the things that you should consider when choosing the needle type is the material of the needle. There are a lot of different needle materials and each of them has its own pros and cons. If you are new to knitting and you are just starting to learn the techniques, then you will most likely have some problems picking out the perfect needle. The most common material types are wood, plastic, and aluminum.
The most traditional ones are probably the aluminum needles, but I found out from personal experience that wooden needles are much smoother than any other material. Therefore I personally prefer to use wooden needles when knitting, but sometimes I use aluminum ones. The plastic needles are the cheapest type and therefore they are not the best quality. They are good for maybe beginners that are learning the techniques of knitting.
Size and Length
Size and length of the needle are probably the two most important things that you need to look out for when buying it. Different sizes are specially made for different techniques to make them more easy to use. You might have problems with some larger needles especially if your hands are small. However, with enough practice everyone can achieve success in life, at least that’s what I like to think. I was always bad at doing things that other people found easy, but when I give it a lot of attention and practice eventually I always master it.
There are 3 styles of needles that you can choose from depending on the work that you want to do. The first one is the circular needle that is mostly used to knit circular objects like hats or even sweaters. The straight needles are usually used to knit everything that is flat. Double pointed needles are perfect for making small circles and various tubes.
If you want to start knitting, then you will need to purchase certain supplies that are necessary to have in order to knit. There are not many supplies that you will need, for beginners especially, few needles and a ball of a yarn is usually enough. However, if you want to get more serious and focus on learning knitting the professional way, you will have to purchase some additional tools that are specially designed to make your knitting experience much easier.
I was lucky enough to have my grandmother teach me everything about knitting. She showed me exactly what I need in order to start knitting. Back in those days, I had to purchase everything separately and there were not many options to choose from. However, these days it is much simpler, you can find online various knitting kits that have all the necessary supplies and more importantly, there are a lot of different knitting brand that you can choose from.
When you want to learn how to knit, you will need to buy the most important and obvious things such as needles. These are not the needles that you are used to seeing, these are much thicker and longer that are specially designed to help you knit. I personally will always recommend using straight needles for beginners. That is because they are the simplest to use and you will quickly learn how to use them. As for the size of the needles, there I cannot help you, you have to find the size that you are the most comfortable with. However, if I would have to recommend, then I would say that you try using some bigger sized needles because they tend to be easier to use for example size 13 is a great choice.
As for the material of the needles, I personally prefer to use wooden needles but sometimes I change up to aluminum ones. However, I must say that the wooden ones are most likely the best for me because they are extremely smooth and light weight. If you thought of starting with a plastic needle, that is alright, however, I think that you will regret buying them because both the aluminum and wood are far better.
As for the additional supplies, you can purchase a lot of different things. However, some of the most helpful ones are things like scissors, measuring tape and point protectors. Scissors are something that you must have if you want to start knitting, you will be using them to cut various things. Make sure that you purchase a quality one that is sharp. Measuring tape is also one thing that everyone that knit must have. The tape will allow you to take precise measurements of your project.
A very common mistake that a lot of people are making is that they think there is no difference between knitting and crocheting. Usually, the people that don’t see the difference between these two types are not familiar with the techniques that are used to knit or crochet. If you tried out both of them, then you will realize all the obvious differences between these two styles. I personally have much more experience in knitting than in crocheting, the main reason being is that I was inspired to start knitting when I watched my grandmother do it and for the first few years, I only knitted.
After few years of only knitting, I became a little curious about that other method, so I started to research it because my grandmother didn’t know anything about it, therefore I had to learn this one on my own. I must say it was a lot harder to learn and it took a lot more time because I didn’t have anyone to show me how it is done. After a thorough research that took me about two months, I decided that I was ready to try it out. Remember, back then I didn’t have the internet to find a tutorial on how to crochet, I only had some books and few pictures that I used as guidance.
When I did my research about crocheting, I immediately realized that there were some similarities to knitting and that I might be good at it because I have previous knowledge about knitting. However, after I started actually to crochet, I saw that I was wrong and that I must forget about the knitting techniques that I have learned years ago because this was something completely different. One thing that both of these methods have in common is that you have to have needles and a yarn that you have to use with certain technique to create fabric.
One difference that I found very interesting is the actual knitting and crocheting act because, with the knitting, you have to work with a lot of open stitches at the same time. With crocheting, you have to worry about just one open stitch at a time.
Of course, the more obvious differences are the actual techniques and the tools that you are using these methods. Everything from the needles to the fabric that you are using is actually different. Therefore for I must say you are wrong to all the people that don’t know the differences between these two methods of creating a fabric piece.
From my personal experience, it was a great journey to learn both of these methods, but I must say that after trying out both of them I still find knitting to be far more interesting method than crocheting. However, there are some people that think different from me and they find more fun with crocheting and I completely understand them because I know that everyone has a different taste.
Because I am a very experienced knitter, I get asked a lot of times for advice and tips that I can give to people that want to start knitting. In fact, that is probably the most frequently asked question that I get, therefore I decided that I will answer that questions once and for all. So I have created a list of tips that will hopefully help you get better at knitting. Some of these things you might already know, but I am sure that there are some things that even the experienced knitters don’t know. Usually, these tips are all the things that my grandmother taught me when I was little.
Have Quality Ingredients
The question for tips is usually asked because people are not satisfied with their end result. They don’t like the final product that they get and they immediately think that there might be something that they don’t know about that will help them get better results. Of course, there are tips for that too, however, you must start from the beginning. Look at your equipment and supplies that you are using, that is the most common cause of the problems. Having low-quality supplies and tools is never good, regarding what you are doing you should always have quality supplies and tools otherwise the results will not be the quality that you imagined.
When purchasing your supplies for knitting, make sure that you first do a research and find out what are some of the best brands and choices that you have available. Then I would strongly recommend that you don’t save money on your supplies because that can lead to poor end results. Some of the supplies that you are buying will last for your entire life if you take good care of them such as needles. Things like the yarn also need to be high quality because that will determine the overall look of your project.
Consistently Tension the Yarn
The most common problem that people are having when starting to knit is messy and bumpy look. The reason for that is their technique and luckily for them, it can be fixed easily, you just need enough effort and practice. To have the smooth fabric, without bumps all over it, you have to keep a constant tension on the yarn while you create every stitch.
Make the Stitches Same Size
Another great tip that I can give you to have an even finished product is to make sure that your stitches are the same size. If you are making one stitch smaller than the other, you will be having a lot of problems with the finished product. To achieve the same exact size, I would recommend that you use the thickest part of the needle to wrap your yarn instead of the narrow tip. That way all your stitches will be roughly the same size and you will finally have the result that you have been dreaming about, but you have to put some time into practicing and perfecting this technique.