With the start of the New Year, we know to expect many newcomers who have made resolutions to learn how to knit. To that end, we are happy to present a multi-part series on how to start knitting!
The only things you really need to begin knitting are yarn and needles. I always recommend that new knitters start with a chunky yarn and thick needles, as this combination is very easy to control. I would also recommend wood or bamboo needles over steel or aluminum for beginners, because the texture on such needles makes them less slippery.
In terms of needle size, simply follow the recommended listing on the yarn you purchase. As you gain more experience and confidence you'll learn how to step up or down in needle size to suit your preferences.
'Casting on' is the act of first getting yarn onto your needles so you can start a given knit. This involves turning your loose yarn threads into stitches that will sit on your needles.
The knit stitch is the backbone of all knitting; once you've mastered it, you'll be a bonafide knitter able to tackle any project (with sufficient time and patience, of course!).