Let's start by saying, "CONGRATS." The knitting community welcomes you and you are now part of a very cool group of people called "makers." As with most things, there are pros and cons to knitting.
Still interested in getting started on your first knitting project?
Chances are that you have an idea about what it's like to knit. Maybe you have a vision of knitting the perfect sweater or you plan to knit all of this year's holiday gifts. Before you get carried away, the best place to start is with a simply knit square. Boring, I know. But, it will be worth it.
Beginner knitters have a lot to learn about themselves before diving into a big project. Are your stitches even? Probably not because that takes practice. What is your gauge? Which stitches come more naturally to you? The first part of your knitting journey will involve self discovery and practice.
One day in the future you will look at that knit square and reflect on how far you have come.
To start any knitting project, you must create the loops on the needle that you will use to knit. This is called casting on.
When you have mastered the cast on, add 20 or so stitches to get started.
Now it is time to form the first row of knit stitches. The first row will set the stage for subsequent rows. The goal is to have even stitches as much as possible. Continue knitting row after row until you form a square.
Once you have reached your last row of the project, you will have to finish the edge so that your stitches won't unravel.
One way to accomplish this is with an I Cord Bind Off.
You should feel proud of yourself for knitting your first square. Once you grow comfortable with the knit stitch, expand your horizons with the purl stitch or seed stitch. Once you increase your level of confidence, dive into a beginner project.
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Learning to knit requires determination, tenacity, and a love of learning new things. Does this sound like your child or grandchild? Many times the most wild and imaginative children become the best knitters.
The act of knitting trains our minds to be patient and focused. It also improves our self-esteem as we grow and learn that we can create amazing stuff. The positive impact of learning to knit is amplified with children.
Children who learn to knit learn fine motor skills, counting, simple math, and focus and patience. They also learn critical coping skills as they push through frustrating knitting moments. Knitting also provides a sense of community and support. A fantastic creative outlet, knitting allows children to express themselves and create beautiful objects and garments.