Knitting Guide for Beginners

When learning how to knit it is import to pick a patterns based upon your current knitting skills.  It is recommended that you begin by making either a scarf, dish cloth, or blanket because they don’t have curves and they are not fitted.  Although, the gauge used is less important for beginner projects than it is for more advanced projects, it is a good idea to get in the habit of making sure you use the same gauge the pattern uses.

Once you have selected a pattern the next step is to select knitting yarn.  Usually patterns will state a recommended yarn brand and color for the project.   The five most popular yarn weights from smallest to largest are  fingering / baby weight yarn, sport, DK, worsted, and bulky.  The most popular yarn used by patterns is worsted weight.  Worsted weight yarn can be used for many projects including crafts, afghans, and sweaters.  Cotton yarn is a popular choice because it is very comfortable, soft, and easy to care for.  Another important thing to consider when buying yarn is to buy all of your yarn for your project at once.  This is because  you want to buy yarn that is from the same lot number for every ball of yarn.  Using yarn with the same lot number ensures that the color of the yarn will match exactly.  Some companies have eliminated the use dye lots, but check the label carefully when selecting your yarn.

It is very helpful to look at the pattern information before starting a project.  The pattern should tell you what kind of yarn, how much yarn, what size  needles, and additional information or tools needed to complete your knitted project.   Knitting terminology is usually abbreviated with a few letters.   Beginners should begin to learn a few of these common terms.

Abbreviation Term
CO Cast On
K Knit
P Purl
RS Right Side aka the front side of the project
WS Wrong Side aka the back side of the project
BO Binding Off which refers to removing the needles from the project

Click the link for a complete list of  knitting abbreviations and terms.

Get started by using a knitting pattern found on craftelf.