The Beginner's Guide to Starting Knitting: What You Need to Know - Darn Good Yarn

The Beginner's Guide to Starting Knitting: What You Need to Know

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Knitting is more than just a craft; it's a journey of self-expression, creativity, and relaxation. If you've found yourself asking, "How do I start knitting? What basic supplies and techniques do I need to know?", you're in the right place! Let's delve into the world of knitting and the essentials you'll need to embark on this artistic voyage.

1. Supplies to Start Knitting

  • Knitting Needles: These come in different sizes and materials like bamboo, plastic, or metal. As a beginner, you might want to start with medium-sized needles, such as a US size 8 (5 mm). A great investment are interchangeable needles. Why? You will have almost every core size that you will ever need. Every knitter should have this. Check out this beautiful bamboo set here

  • Yarn: Ah, the heart of every knitting project! Yarns vary in thickness (or weight) and material. Beginners often opt for worsted weight yarn as it's easy to handle. Remember, the type of yarn you select should match your needle size, so always check the yarn label's recommendations. My favorite beginner friendly but also eco-friendly yarns can be found here. 

  • Scissors: For cutting yarn when you've finished a project or need to change colors. Don't opt for boring old scissors.... you need a squirrel or butterfly on it... the accessories are the best part of crafting:) Check these beauts out!

  • Tapestry Needle: This is a large-eye blunt needle to weave in the loose ends of your yarn at the end of a project.

2. Basic Techniques to Know (btw...looking for videos on all these? We've made some awesome, FREE videos here: STITCH LEARNING CENTER)

  • Casting On: This is how you create the initial stitches on your needle. There are various methods, but the "long tail cast on" is a popular choice for beginners.

  • The Knit Stitch: The most basic and essential stitch in knitting. Mastering this will set a solid foundation for your knitting adventure.

  • The Purl Stitch: This is the second fundamental stitch. Knowing both the knit and purl stitches allows you to create various textures and patterns.

  • Binding Off: Once you've completed your project, you'll need to finish it off. Binding off (or casting off) is the process of removing the stitches from the needle in a way that finishes the edge of your knitted piece.

Why Choose Sustainably Sourced Yarn?

Now, as we talk about yarn, it's vital to highlight the importance of sustainability in our knitting practices. With the rising awareness of environmental issues, it's become crucial for us to make responsible choices in every aspect of our lives. Enter sustainably sourced yarns, like those from Darn Good Yarn.

So, why should we opt for sustainable yarn?

  • Environmentally Friendly: Unlike mass-produced yarns, sustainably sourced yarns have a smaller carbon footprint. They use fewer resources and often involve eco-friendly manufacturing processes.

  • Promotes Fair Trade: Brands like Darn Good Yarn often engage in fair trade practices, ensuring that artisans and workers are compensated fairly for their craft.

  • Unique and High-Quality: Sustainable yarns often offer unique textures, colors, and superior quality. When you knit with such yarns, not only are you creating a masterpiece, but you're also weaving a story of responsibility and care.

  • Supports Local Communities: Purchasing sustainable yarns often directly benefits local artisans and communities, promoting local economies and traditional crafts.

In conclusion, knitting is a wonderful world filled with opportunities for creativity and relaxation. As you embark on this journey, remember that the choices you make – from the stitches you learn to the yarns you choose – have an impact. By opting for sustainably sourced products like those from Darn Good Yarn, you're ensuring that your knitting journey is not just about crafting beautiful pieces, but also about making a positive impact on the world around you.

Happy knitting, dear reader! And here's to many cozy, colorful, and conscientious creations. 🧶 

Nicole Snow founder and ceo