Knitting used to be considered essential but as the time has passed many now see knitting as a rather out- dated hobby. But due to the rising cost of living I feel that there are a few who are picking up their knitting needles again, maybe some for the first time.
Knitting is a relaxing pastime, unless you are battling with an intricate pattern. It is also a hobby that demands little space and requires very little equipment.
If you are going to knit then literally all that you need will be the wool, the knitting pattern and the needles, you don't need a study to knit in or a quiet room to allow you to concentrate, all you need is a comfy armchair to sit in.
Choosing wool, needles and knitting patterns.
There are many different types of knitting wool to choose from, you can buy acrylic fibres, wool mi x, mohair, pure wool, lambswool to name but a few and then you have to choose whether you would like to knit in just the one colour, incorporate a few colours or use wool that has different colours woven into it.
Knitting wool has different `plys`, there is 2 ply, that is very fine and makes perfect vests for newborn babies, then each time you move up a `ply` the knitting wool gets a little thicker. I would imagine that double knitting wool is the most popular. A few years ago chunky wool was all the rage and it was highly fashionable to knit using chunky wool on huge wooden knitting needles, the garment that you were knitting took no time at all to finish !
There are also many types of knitting needle available too, I prefer to use metal knitting needles but you can buy plastic and wooden knitting needles too.
When you are choosing your knitting needles then make sure that you take the overall length of your arm into the equation, I only need medium length knitting needles and they are very comfortable for me to work with but buy the length that you think would be comfortable for you to work with.
When you visit the wool shop you will find the the knitting patterns are usually well organised, there are separate folders for men, ladies, children's and babies knits.
If you are a novice then take time to explain that to the assistant and I am sure that they will help you to pick a knitting pattern that you will be able to cope with. It is no good trying to run before you can walk, master the simple stitches first and the remainder will soon click into place.
Maybe the last thing on the agenda would be to find yourself a bag to keep your knitting altogether. Using a bag helps to keep the wool from tangling, the stitches from falling off of the needles and the piece of knitting ending up looking like you have stored it in the `coal hole`!
Basic Knitting Stitches.
The two basic knitting stitches are plain and purl, once you have mastered both of those and you are confident that you can complete a few rows of each without dropping your stitches then you are able to move on confidently. The second issue with knitting is tension and the more you knit the better your tension will become, good tension makes neat knitting.