Once you reach a certain point in your life, you’ll often find more and more people you know enjoy knitting. This doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve gotten old, but it is admittedly a popular pastime for senior women. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s a great hobby with countless rewards, it’s relatively easy, and it doesn’t require fancy or expensive tools either. Plus, we’ve got some great tips to help you get started.
Take It Easy
Knitting is something you can do alone to relax, or with friends to socialize. You can knit for your friends and family, as a profitable side gig, or for a charitable cause. Regardless of why or what you choose to knit, the most important thing is to have fun with it. Don’t worry about learning everything at once or trying to become an expert knitter overnight.
Start with the Basics
While complex patterns might look the most fun, you’ll need to learn the basics first. Once you’ve learned the two primary stitches, knitting and purling, you can grow from there. Pretty much all other stitches are variations or combinations of these basic concepts.
Keep it Simple
The idea of knitting a full scarf may be somewhat overwhelming at first. Start small and give yourself time to learn so you can really get a feel for the craft. Start with small swatches which you can perhaps later incorporate into larger projects. Remember that it’s OK to make mistakes, in fact, you should make mistakes, since that’s how you learn.
Buy What You Want
Often when we start a new hobby, we tend to buy the most inexpensive starter supplies. With knitting, unfortunately, this can really take some of the joy out of the experience. Instead, start with supplies that speak to you. Pick out a yarn in a color and feel that you like, one feels nice to the touch. After all, you’re going to be constantly handling it, regardless of whether or not it ever becomes a wearable item.
Not only should you choose a yarn that suits you, the needles you use also matter. Many experts recommend starting with bamboo needles. Not only do they offer a better grip, most folks also find they feel more comfortable in general.
Read or Watch Some Tutorials
There are countless resources for learning how to knit, both online and off. Watching video tutorials on the internet is a great way to get started. Alternatively, you can always pick up a book from your local library or look for articles online. You might also have a friend or acquaintance that knits that can help teach you the basics. Don’t hesitate to ask around for advice when it comes to knitting or really any hobby for that matter.