How can I knit better

2. The appropriate needles

For your first knitting project, you should definitely choose knitting needles that are at least 5mm thick. For beginners, thicker needles are simply easier to handle and easier to grip. There are knitting needles made from a wide variety of materials. Whether wood, bamboo, plastic or metal - there is something for every taste! I personally recommend needles made of wood or bamboo, because here the stitches do not slip off the needle as quickly as with other materials and this is definitely an advantage for you as a knitting beginner. Over time you can then knit your way through all the materials and choose your personal favorites.

3. The right wool

The selection of needles and wool goes hand in hand when knitting. Since I have already advised you to use knitting needles with a thickness of at least 5mm, the wool must be selected accordingly. Or vice versa: You choose a wool, look at the banderole and buy the matching needles, but more about that in a moment. The advantage for you as a knitting beginner to work with a thicker wool is, on the one hand, that it can be knitted more easily and quickly, and on the other hand, that you can recognize and correct errors in your knitting better. A yarn with a smooth structure, which is not too hairy, is particularly suitable at the beginning, as it is easier to unravel and not knot as quickly. If you have actually decided on the tried and tested pot holder as your first project, make sure when choosing the wool that it is heat-resistant. Pure cotton is recommended here. In this case, you should better refrain from using synthetic yarns.

4. The information on the banderole

The banderole that is wrapped around each ball of wool gives you important information about the respective yarn. Here you will find, for example, the exact composition of the material, care instructions, whether the wool is machine-washable, the weight of the ball and the run length as well as information on wool consumption. The information on the recommended needle size is particularly important for you, because now you can combine the wool with the right needles. You should keep the banderole or create a knitting book where you write down all the important key data. You will also find the lot number on the banderole. With this number, balls of a color can be assigned. With each new production batch, there may be small color deviations. If you discover in the course of working on your project that you still need more yarn, you can easily reorder the right yarn by entering this information.

5. The making test

Before you start your knitting project, you should always make a stitch sample. This ensures that your knitted piece really fits, or that it has the desired dimensions at the end. Because, one person knits more loosely, the other one more tightly. You can also find information about the stitch sample on the banderole. A mesh sample indicates how many stitches and rows (length x height) on 10cm (square of 10cm x10cm) of the respective wool are required. While the information on the yarn itself relates to the pattern in stocking stitch, the stitch sample in a knitting instruction refers to the pattern shown in each case. I know doing a knitting test can be annoying. Especially now when you would much rather start your new knitting project right away. However, I can tell you from my own experience that it is worth making. The knitting test is an important part of good preparation and in retrospect it will save you a lot of time.

Now you can actually start knitting, right? How to cast on the first stitches correctly, I will explain in another post.

Would you rather learn to knit in company? Wonderful! If you are in the Bremen area or are interested in an online course, then take a look at one of my events. You will get to know the world of knitting at my knitting parties. Not only do you get various knitting techniques, you can also create your very own unique items out of wool under my guidance. I'm happy for you.

In this sense. Keep calm and cast on!