Learning to knit

With it being the start of a new year, it’s the perfect time to start something new. I got a head start and learned how to knit late last year. With it becoming more and more popular on lifestyle blogs, I figured it was no longer an old lady’s game. I wanted in!

Of course I thought I’d be a pro in one day. That’s not the case. After watching countless tutorials and starting many projects just to unravel them and start over, I finally figured it out.

The first thing you have to know is how to cast on. The amount you cast on is how wide your item will be. For beginners, scarves are an easy project. In the scarf your see above, I casted on 24. Here is the video I watched to learn how to cast on.

Casting on is the easy part. After that, I’d suggest regular knitting for beginners. The scarf you see above is a regular knit pattern. Since I’m no video pro, here’s another video with clear instructions on how to knit stitch. It looks very confusing when you’re just starting out. I know form experience. The key to learning is repetition. It’s unusual and uncomfortable at first, but it will get easier and more rhythmic as you practice.

My suggestion would be to practice on a small amount of yarn first. Cast on 10 and do 10 rows and learn how to bind off before starting a large project. I got all the way to the end of scarf without knowing how to bind off. My whole scarf started to unravel, and I had to learn how to put it back together.

When you’ve done as many rows as you’d like, you’ll need to bind off. This can be tricky when it comes to the end. The key is to watch exactly how to pull the yarn through. If you pull out the needle too quick, you could unravel the last row. Here’s instructions on binding off.

If you’re making an infinity scarf, you’ll need to stitch together both ends. It’s not complicated at all. But you will need a small yarn needle to pull the yarn through. Here’s a great tutorial on how to combine two ends of yarn.

It’s kind of a slow process, but I enjoy doing this while watching TV. I was able to finish my scarf in about two weeks. Happy knitting!

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass