Here are the top 5 things I wish I had known when I first started. If you’re just beginning, I hope my tips inspire you to keep on knitting!
1 – You will mess up. A lot. Unless you’re some kind of knitting prodigy who can pick up a pair of needles and never make a mistake, it’s going to happen. You’ll drop stitches. You’ll have too many stitches at the end of a row. You’ll get frustrated and throw your knitting across the room (guilty). But making mistakes truly is how you learn and grow as a knitter. Before you toss your needles, try to find your error and fix it. If you can’t, scrap your project and start over. Look at it is a learning opportunity. Don’t get discouraged and remember… “knit” is a four-letter word.
2 – Start small. “You do remember what happened to the little girl that tried too much too fast, don’t you? She… she died, Jill.” Okay, so you’re probably not going to die if you take on a big project too soon (bonus points if you know where that quote is from). But it is important to start small. My Nana used to knit afghans, and I was sure that would be the first thing I’d make. After several hours, I had barely knit enough to make a drink coaster and it was riddled with holes. I was ready to give up. After much encouragement, I decided to perfect my technique before attempting such a daunting project. There are several great patterns for simple dishcloths (this one is my favorite) and they knit up quickly. I highly recommend that new knitters start with something quick and easy. Completing simple projects gives you encouragement and lessens the chances of you giving up.