May 29, 2017218 views

Best resources for beginners?

What are the best resources around for those just getting into knitting? Have you read any good books or discovered some great websites? Have you come across any particularly helpful videos or instructions? Do you have any other recommendations to share?
Duncan, gorian2222, and 4 others

Find a class or a friendly knitter if you need to learn. YouTube is another good source for any craft including knitting, spinning, weaving, crochet, etc.
The Vogue Knitting Book! Not so much a “How To” for absolute beginners, but a tremendous reference that includes almost any info you will ever need. I teach knotting and I am always going onto Amazon to find the previous edition, which is available for about $6.00 (w/postage). You MUST search for it using the ISBN, as a newer version is out, and is excellent if you want to pay $30. I have it, but I give the older ones to my students. ISBN:0-394-57186-X
Yes, the new issue just came out. It's worth snatching up! It's got a lifetime of things for me to learn.
Elizabeth Zimmerman (sp?) book of knitting for beginners. The projects are outdated, but the book is a gem! Also, YouTube is invaluable; really helps to “see” a technique being done. Good luck, and happy knitting!
I really enjoy the videos from Knit Picks, verypink and Vicky Howell. Youtube is your friend, as well as drop in knitting sessions at your local craft store or anywhere a stitch and bitch or friendly knit session is. Check the calendars at your local bookstores, coffee shops, bars and public libraries. I know very few knitters who don't like to help out their peers. Some community education organizations have lessons in various crafts.
Being a visual/textile learner, I love youtube tutorials. That way I can see exactly what's happening.
I used the Stitch and Bitch book to teach myself. I found it had the most useful illustrations and descriptions.
Came here to recommend it! But I like the continental method and she doesn't go into it. Still a lot of really useful info. Great book.
I taught myself to knit! Started by searching Google..."how to knit". I found numerous videos, and went from there. One of my favorite sites is Great videos on everything yarn related. Ravelry is also a fantastic yarn community. Check out your local yarn shop...they are a great place for inspiration and help. Best of luck....and have fun☺ has simple easy to follow instructions - I had tried other resources (books & websites), but it just didn't click until I found wiki. is my go to for project ideas and patterns.
Ooh how could i have forgotten to include Ravelry? It definitely will light a fire under your ambition to acquire new skills. The user communities are priceless fonts of help as well; I've even been able to connect directly with the pattern designers and ask them questions!
Teach Yourself Visually: Knitting and Sock Knitting are great resources, very similar to the Klutz line for kids- great photography and clear instructions. I also know many folks learned from Debbie Stoller's Stitch & Bitch series, but the patterns are a bit dated, even if they are good basic patterns. was my gateway drug -- a broad variety of patterns challenging enough to help me level up my technique very rapidly. helped get me over a lot of the bumps.