Knitting is a beautiful craft combining useful and creative, rather than just creating something for the mere purpose of aesthetic. However, most people get interested into knitting after being impressed by the beauty of various knitted stuff. High quality knitted stuff always makes knitting seem so easy, effortless and fun, thus many people jump into it as into a brand-new hobby not realizing immediately the scope of the job and personal investment it might take.
The field is so wide, rich and interesting, with a myriad of aspects to explore, it is quite easy for a beginner to get slightly overwhelmed or lost within all the options. The wrong approach might lead you to unnecessary frustration, disappointments or loss of interest, which is unfortunate because after all, knitting is awesome. To those who truly love it, enjoy it and learn it in the right way. However, since most people get into knitting directed by someone close to them, most advice at the start refer to techniques and supplies. Here are somewhat different advice that might influence your craft even more than technique directions and might help you overcome common beginner’s mistakes and obstacles.
Don’t rush with supplies and equipment
Once you walk into any store providing yarn and needles and all other supplies for knitting, it is easy to get carried away and purchase tons of it. The assortment is huge and attractive, various types of yarn look wonderful, and there’s a large scale of different needles, as well as all other tools and accessories. You might get the wish just to purchase large amounts of material and try it all at once driven by beginner’s enthusiasm. Not wishing to splash your energy and enthusiasm, the advice is to slow down. Start with basic material and tools. Along the way, as you improve your technique and start to discover many aspects of knitting you don’t see at the beginning, you will develop your style and come across the tools and materials that will suit you at that point.
Cheap yarn for practicing
It is understandable that you yearn to see some impressive piece of cloth as the result of your knitting, but it’s going to take a while until you reach that level of skill and experience. You should be prepared to fail first few time, to get tangled up, snag the yarn and mess it all up. This is common, and it is perfectly fine for a beginner, just don’t waste some expensive and high-quality yarn onto these baby steps. Use inexpensive materials at the beginning and make sure you choose beginner friendly materials. Avoid sequined yarn, yarn with beads, eyelash yarn and other superb materials. Go with simple and basic synthetic yarn that is suitable for making mistakes. Also, purchasing light colored materials might help you see the stitches and patterns more easily.
Patience, inspiration, right kind of mood and advice
Getting familiar with basics of knitting requires a lot of patience, be prepared for this. Try not to get frustrated easily by common mistakes or failing the same pattern over and over again. It is easy to get frustrated and lose inspiration. Don’t force yourself; the progress will come. Knit when you feel like it when you get plenty of spare time and the right kind of mood. If you get stuck with some technique, don’t hesitate to ask for help, read guides, study tutorials and talk to more experienced people. Also, don’t rush with projects. The truth is that there’s an endless assortment of wonderful ideas, but be realistic and don’t jump into projects that exceed your current level of knowledge and skills. However, explore the ideas, and challenging ones keep close to inspiring you.