Knitting was once the domain off the older generation, people who had time on their hands and probably wanted to reduce their costs by creating their own clothes.
This is no longer the case. In fact knitting has become exceptionally popular across all age ranges. Many people think that the surge in interest is related to the fact that you can actually create something yourself or it allows you a few moments to switch off from the stresses of everyday life.
However if you’re just starting out you may be surprised to know that there are an array of styles which you can knit; this can make it difficult to know which is the right one for you. Fortunately this guide can help you decide which the right one for you is.
Don’t forget there is not a right answer or a wrong one; just the style that suits you best.
A great way of starting knitting is to find an inspirational pattern that you wish to create yourself. Places like theaussieknittingco.com have some great patterns to get you started.
The pattern will tell you the style of knitting you need to do and therefore dictate the one that you should be learning.
The most common knitting stitches are as follows:
- The basic knit stitch – one of the easiest to learn
- Stockinette stitch – another easy to learn stitch that is exceptionally popular. This is potentially the most used stitch.
- Purl stitching
- Seed Stitch
- Linen Stitch
- The bamboo
The list could go on but the important thing for you to do when you start knitting is o try several of them.
The knit stitch and the stockinette are very easy to learn and practical to know. If you’re not sure what you’ll be knitting then these are great ones to start with.
However, you may find that you are exceptionally good at one of the other stitches; in which case this is a great place to start.
Consider You Aims
You should consider why you are starting knitting. If it is just to make one specific item or to test whether you’ll like it or not then you want to stick to the basic stitches.
However, if you have particular plans in mind you may prefer to learn one of the less conventional styles and use this in your knitting patterns.
The great thing about knitting is that once you’ve learned one style it is relatively easy to learn a different one. The more styles you know the easier you will find it to switch between them; making your knitting more enjoyable and your creations more varied.
It is worth noting that the approach of ‘throwing’ the yarn over a needle to form a stitch is generally referred to as English or American knitting. In contrast the Continental or German style holds the yarn in your left hand and threads it through the needle.
Try both, you may find one is much more comfortable to do than the other!