I taught myself how to knit about five years ago from a variety of YouTube channels and online resources. I had never really considered knitting as a potential hobby before. It was a spur of the moment decision. No one in my family knits and the only knitter I knew at the time lived in another country. I was inspired by the (to me) new knowledge that the dishcloths I used in my kitchen contained microplastic that inevitably will end up in the Oceans. Use after use. And so, I googled how to knit cotton dishcloths. A half-hour later, I found myself in my local yarn shop, asking what needles and yarn they would recommend for an absolute beginner, intend on knitting dishcloths.
I’ve been knitting ever since, and it is steadily becoming a more significant part of my life. Knitting is incredibly relaxing, and it’s the perfect antidote to my sometimes stressful everyday life. The best thing is that there are always new techniques to learn, new patterns to try out.
We are so fortunate today that we can learn almost anything online, either for free or for a small fee. Previous generations depended on older family members teaching them. It is fantastic to be trained in person by an experienced knitter, so if you have that chance, you should make full use of it. Many of us don’t have that option, and that’s where the internet, and in particular, YouTube comes in.
Knitting can be a little overwhelming to the uninitiated. It’s hard to know what words to google if you’re not familiar with the lingo. You may find a knitting video that shows you how to knit, but what do you do when your attempt at knitting doesn’t look anything like the video? I have spent a lot of time around other beginners, and we all experience the same stumbling blocks. We make the same mistakes. That is the reason I decided to write a knitting blog for beginners with advice and links to all my favorite YouTube knitting videos. Learning to knit can be a fun and rewarding experience if you have a little patience and take it one step at a time. If you follow my advice, we will take you from absolute beginner to intermediate knitter in no time.
Yours sincerely, Henni