Getting into Knitting this Winter

As winter approaches, we tend to spend more time indoors, as well as this, there is the fact that it’s getting chillier, and with the cost of gas and electricity going up, we need to come up with other ways to keep warm! This is why this winter it might well be a good time to take up a new hobby – knitting.

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As well as being something to do on those long winter nights, it is a hobby that can help to combat stress and you end up with some very useful items to show for it – if they are good quality, you could even give hand knitted items out as Christmas gifts!

Although to many, knitting is seen as a mysterious art form, it really is like anything else – it just takes a bit of practice. The first thing that you need to do is get everything you need. You can buy products separately, or you can look for a knitting kit like this that will have what you need.

When it comes to choosing a material to start off with, go for something cheap – that way, it won’t matter if you make mistakes. We all make mistakes especially when we are learning, so give yourself time to practise and familiarise yourself with the process and the techniques before you begin an ambitious project!

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When it comes to needles, there are various sizes and they all make a difference, so be aware of the various options out there. Often, the material that you buy will have a recommended needle size on it, so that you know what size is ideally suited to the material that you have chosen to work with, so pay attention to this when you are buying wool. It is recommended that you follow this, as it can make the knit too tight or loose if you use a different sized needle.

When you start off knitting, it might feel difficult or complicated, or the movements might feel awkward. However, this is really one of those skills where practice makes perfect, as you will build muscle memory and before long it will come as second nature – a bit like riding a bike!

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