New to You – Shhh! 5 Knitting and Crochet Secrets for Beginners
We’re in the second week of National Craft Month and we’re ready to try something new. Are you ready to give a new craft a shot? This week, we’ve got 5 knitting and crochet secrets for beginners. Head to CreateAndCraft.com to stock up on your supplies. Let’s get started!
1.) Don’t get too crazy! Basic yarn first.
It might seem like a fun idea to use glitter, beaded or sequined yarn, and it is! However, when you first start knitting or crochet it is ideal to use a basic yarn in a color you adore. Why not start a scarf in wintery blues or whites?
2.) Understand abbreviations and symbols.
Knitting and crochet have a lot of abbreviations and symbols that can be confusing. Pick up a knitting or crochet book that will walk you through the abbreviations and symbols, or simply google the ones you need to know for the project or pattern you are working on.
3.) Learn a slip knot.
Learning a slip knot is easy. Here’s how:
- Start with basic yarn and your knitting needles or crochet hook.
- Begin by pulling about 10-12 inches of yarn from the ball.
- Create a loop by taking the long end or working end of your yarn (the one attached to the ball) and crossing it over the tail end (the shorter end)
- Using your right hand, take the long end or working end of the yarn and put it under the loop and up through it, creating a new loop.
- Take the new loop with your right hand and pull it through the first loop and tighten.
- Place this new loop over the end of your knitting needle or crochet hook and pull the long end to close the loop.
4.) Get inspired!
Nothing is worse than starting a new craft and stopping because you’re not inspired. Don’t worry! Use sites like Pinterest to find plenty of ideas to keep you inspired. Or, be an innovator and find new ways to incorporate knitting and crochet into your lifestyle!
5.) Take a break when you need it.
Like many crafts, knitting and crochet require a decent amount of concentration and eye strain. If you feel yourself getting fatigued or frustrated, take a break! Knitting and crochet can be very therapeutic and relaxing so grab a cup of hot tea, chocolate or coffee, those knitting needles and some yarn and get to work creating something you’ll love!