Knitting for beginners is undergoing somewhat of a renaissance. Until recently knitting was viewed as slowly dying art. Some might argue that it still is, but slowly knitters are emerging back into the public view knitting on trains or trams, at lunch time in the city or at the park with the kids.
I often knit during my commute to work and people seem to be fascinated by it.
Not many of the people who approach me know how to knit, and the few that do often haven't picked up their knitting needles in decades. Most of my in-transit knitting involves small items (baby knitting in fairly fine wool) knitted in the round on two circular needles so I guess I am not your average knitter. But I never fail to draw attention, I always receive compliments on my works in progress and most will tell me that they wish they could knit too.
Knitting is Becoming Trendy!
Knitting is a great way to use what I call dead time. I knit on the train, while watching tv or during car trips (when I am not the one driving of course). I find it relaxing and it allows me to exercise my creative side. I knit baby stuff (cause I really like fine work), baby shawls (again fine work) and I love customising knitting patterns to create my own totally unique creations.
Knitted items make perfect individualised gifts for family and friends, and you can use your knitting skills to create many beautiful items to decorate your living space.
If you didn't learn how to knit as a child all is not lost. Knitting really is not that difficult and most people can learn reasonably quickly and easily. I was taught how to knit as a small child and I have taught my daughter and my eldest grand-daughter how to knit when they were in Junior Primary.
So if they can do it, so can you!
Knitting for Beginners
Knitting is a skill and like all other skills that you acquire during your lifetime, it takes time, patience and perservence to master it. Although knitting is not difficult - anyone can learn how to do it - it does involve learning some fairly intricate hand movements which will (with practice) become almost automatic, but while you are still learning you are likely to feel as if your digits are all thumbs!
You will not be a knitting ninja overnight and some of you will give up before you are even close to being comfortable with your needles in hand, but if you are prepared to put in the effort to learn and practice (practice, practice, practice), you will get there.
To help you to learn, you will find step by step instructions and knitting hints and tips on this site as well as simple patterns designed for beginners. Don't worry if you are seasoned knitter, you will also find resources on the site for those of you who are more experienced.