Embarking on my Knitting Adventure- Try 2

Hey all!  I just joined this site, and tonight I am going to be embarking on my knitting adventure!  My Aunt tought me the basics this weekend and I must say that I am obssesed!  The only problem is that I don't know where to start...I have purchased a book and am reading up but am totally in the dark as to what to get when I go to the knit shop this evening!  Might anyone have some advice as to good tools/materials for the sealous beginner?  Any advice would be creatly appreciated!  THanks!


I'd recommend splurging on some yarn that you really love and buying enough to make a simple scarf.  Other than that, all you really need is a pair of needles in an appropriate size and possibly a crochet hook (which is useful for correcting errors).  The yarn shop people should be able to advise you about how much yarn to buy and what size needles to use with it.  You can acquire all the other little extras as you need them.

Welcome! and have fun with your first project.


Warren's picture

Stuart gave great advice.  Simple scarves in a bulkier yarn, using larger needles make great first projects because you can easily see what you are doing.  You might also consider taking a beginner's class if your local yarn store (LYS) offers one.  Welcome to this site!  You'll find a great group of guys and a few gals who will support you and be more than happy to offer advice.


JPaul's picture

Scarves are great for first projects, but unless you're absolutely enamored of scarves or desperately in need of them, make it a point to knit something completely different for your second project.  You can think about it while you're working on your scarf.  And don't limit yourself based on your experience level.  The first project I made was a long pointy striped stocking cap with a tassel on the end and I loved it!  It was very popular with my shipmates, too (I was in the Navy at the time), and I ended up making a few more.  My second project was a cabeled aran baby sweater with a shawl collar for my nephew.  You should never feel like there is some experiential milestone you need to reach before moving on to more complex projects (and if it helps, think of projects as "more complex" or "more interesting" instead of more difficult).  BE FEARLESS!

Personally, I'd recommend a worsted weight yarn over a bulky yarn, but that's completely based on my own preferences and general dislike of bulky knitting.  If you love it and you'll wear it, by all means use it.  But don't feel like you can't use a lighter weight yarn, like a worsted, if it makes more sense for you or your project.  I definitely feel like scarves make with a medium weight yarn are so much more wearable than bulky knitting, but that's just my opinion.  Wool is a great choice for a first project, too, because it has a bit of stretch (compared to cotton, for instance).  Don't, however, use fake fur or eyelash yarn.  That's not just opinion, it's the law.  (I'm kidding....sort of...)

I'd recommend getting circular needles.  There's nothing you can knit on straight needles that you can't knit on circulars.  They are more comfortable to hold and work with when they're loaded with stitches and less obtrusive on crowded buses and telephone booths.  I have lots of straight needles and I especially like the more decorative ones and, for sentimental reasons, those that belonged to my grandmother and I like to use them for swatching or messing about, but for a project I prefer circulars.

And I'll also give props to the Local Yarn Store, with this bit of advice.  If they can't (or won't) help you decide how much yarn you need or what size needles are appropriate, if they aren't friendly and helpful and professional and knowledgable, you might find another LYS.  I don't think this is a pervasive problem, but with the current surge in the popularity of knitting, there have been lots of new yarn stores opening, some better than others.  You hopefully have at least a couple of choices within a reasonable distance.  Lackluster service is sort of the norm these days in lots of places, but you're not buying a cheeseburger.  Yarn is expensive.  You can easily spend $150 on yarn for a sweater.  A trip to the yarn store should be a pleasure.  I LOVE going to my local yarn store (Imagiknit in San Francisco), even if I don't intend to buy any yarn and just want to look, because they're friendly and knowledgable.  There are yarn stores in San Francisco that I don't go to because I've been more than once and never been greeted.  I'd much rather spend my knitting budget (and part of my food budget) in a store that I think cares about it's customers and appreciates my business.


Everyone has given great advice.  The only thing I would add is to start with a light color yarn as dark colors are harder on the eyes.  Also, www.knittinghelp.com is an invaluable source for videos of specific stitches and techniques.  Finally, I have to agree to just jump in and go for it!

Welcome to the group.  It is great to have you with us.


MMario's picture

Not much to add to what the others have said.

Welcome to the wonderful and *traditional* world of men knitting!

yes, knitting is very traditional with men - don't let anyone tell you differently, because in a word, they would be WRONG!

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation