About three years ago, I made it a goal to teach myself to knit. It was a little rough going at first, but with practice I got the hang of it. Though I’m still not an entirely confident knitter, I know my way around a pattern and while I’ve had some trouble with fit on sweaters (check that gauge, no matter HOW much you don’t feel like it–believe me–I’ve learned the hardway), overall the things I make turn out right.
I used many resources to teach myself to knit. When one book didn’t explain something so that I could understand it, I’d go to another book or search on the Internet. Lately, I’ve really gotten into knitting blogs and they’ve inspired me to try my own designs out. I’m still learning though and definitely have a ways to go with that.
All that said, I thought I’d compile a list of the resources that have helped me the most in learning to knit:
Knitting Help – Possibly the best site I’ve ever used to learn to knit. I wish I’d known about it when I first started! This is absolutely the first place I’d go for knitting instructions.
Knitty.com – I love this website. Lots and lots of patterns, instructions, inspiration, etc. It’s not necessarily a beginner’s website, but novices can certainly benefit. I am obsessed with this website!
Hollywood Knits – This was the first pattern book I got and it really inspired me! I wouldn’t say it’s the best design book I’ve got (more to come on that later) but it was a good starting place for me because the designs are hip and the knitting directions were pretty simple to follow.
Knitting Pretty – Another pattern book with a good mix of easy & intermediate designs.
The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes & Gauges – I love this book! It is a very good starting point for creating your own designs and once you get past the beginner stage and understand knit basics, you will almost certainly want to have more flexibility in your knitting, which is exactly what this book helps with. It remains one of my all-time favorites.
I will be posting more about pattern books later on. I have a lot of them, some better than others, but all inspiring in their own way.