Knitting – Knit One, Purl Two? Cast On, Cast Off?

Knitting is the act of turning yarn into fabric or garments by looping the yarn around itself over and over again. This simple task is accomplished most of the time using two long needles. But, as with most hobbies, there are many variations to suite your personal desires and skill levels.

Busy Hands!

So, when did it all start? The first examples of this craft date back more than 2000 years to the Nazca culture in Peru. Since that time its popularity has only grown. With the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 1800’s machines took up the role of mass production. Today the handmade garment carries with it high esteem, which explains the continuing growth of this handicraft.

Beautiful Hat

This craft begins by attaching a series of yarn loops to a needle that is pointed at one end and has a knob on the other end to prevent the yarn from sliding off. A second needle is then used to create another row of loops which are then slipped through a loop from the first needle. These loops are called stitches. By changing the pattern of stitches and by increasing or decreasing the number of stitches in a row you create patterns in the finished fabric. If you learn even the most basic stitches you can make yourself a simple scarf, blanket or even a sweater.

Getting started in this is easy and low cost. With all of the supplies you need available at any craft store or fabric shop.

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Online Resources to Help You Get Started:

A Site With Lots of Help


Secrets from Sarah Beth Wilkinson

ABCs of Getting Started

Clubs or organizations associated with this hobby:

Meetup Groups

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