When learning to knit we are told to "knit a gauge swatch" That's it. But, knitting a fabulous gauge swatch is more involved than just doing it. And when we seek help from other knitters we often get bad advice and incomplete information.
But, I have good news, we do not have to keep living this way. We can get better results from our swatches by following some easy steps. Yes, some of this is about paying attention to details. But, paying attention to details is the difference between handmade and homemade.
To find my top 10 tips for getting an accurate gauge swatch click below to keep reading
I've seriously enjoyed doing the Knitting Fundamentals Series I wanted to do a primer on the very basics of knitting.
I wanted to create a series that would give the very basics of knitting for new knitters and maybe provide some additional information for more experienced knitters. The feedback I've received has been overall positive. At the same time, looking at my YouTube analytics I cannot deny that the audience for these videos has been small. And, planning, shooting, and editing these videos has been incredibly time consuming.
I'm not giving up on them all together. However, now that I have a video completed on the purl stitch and I have covered the very basics of knitting from casting on to binding off I am going to pull back on their frequency.
The next video in the series I'm going to discuss the fundamentals of knitting stockingnette and ribbing, so that new knitters will have a strong foundation in the three most basic stitch patterns. Moving forward I'm going to do one Knitting Fundamentals video a month.
That's not to say that I've given up on tutorials. (I'm hard at work on that short row heel and sock video!) But, videos geared specifically for new knitters covering basic information will come out less frequently.
I hope you all understand and will continue to watch, like, share and subscribe to my channel. There's still plenty to learn and talk about!
Thank you and Happy Knitting!
In this video I'm introducing the Knitting Fundamentals series where I'll be starting with the knitting basics going over both knitting in practice and theory. Although I'm gearing this to new knitters, I think experienced knitters will get a deeper understanding of this craft we all love. So, please subscribe to my YouTube Channel and share with you friends!
This first video I cover the basics and my recommendations for supplies new knitters need to build their starter kit. The video goes over some broad and basic qualities of yarn, needles, and notions for knitters to look at. But, I do have some specific recommendations listed down below!
Happy Knitting !
RESOURCES AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Knit Picks: An online fiber retailer with their own in house brand of affordable yarns, needles and notions. You can easily find everything you need to get started. I personally find their photos true to color and they offer great descriptions of their yarn colors as well.
Webs: Webs is a family owned yarn store in Western Massachusetts. They offer a wide selection of popular yarns at great prices. Check out Plymouth Yarn for affordable, quality fiber. One caveat with this website, when choosing yarn color be aware their photos are not true to color.
Jimmy Beans Wool: Touts itself as the local yarn store online. Offers a wide range of yarns and knitting supplies.
KnitPicks: Wool of the Andes. This is a basic, affordable 100% wool yarn. It's perfect for first time knitters.
Lions Brand: Wool Ease, a wool, acrylic blend. Wide range of colors and easy to find in the Chain Craft Stores.
Lions Brand: Fisherman's Wool. 100% Lamb Wool. Limited color selection but comes in a nice quantity and nice to work with. Use coupons for the chain craft stores to get this at a great price
Cascade 220 Superwash: A lovely, popular work horse yarn. Superwash wools are treated so they can be hand or machine washed. This wool may seem more expensive, but it's 220 yards/100 oz, so the price per oz is very competitive for a quality yarn
I'm Carrie CraftGeek. I've been knitting for 20 years and crafting my whole life. I love to share my passion with the world!
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