I have a confession to make. Just a few short months ago, I had no idea how to knit. My needles had remained buried in my closet for 11 years, as my Nana’s attempt to teach me had ended as a failed experiment.
Then, this summer commenced with a new and exciting editing internship with Prime Publishing. I had no idea which website the editors would place me on–I just couldn’t wait to start my writing career! The email that announced my placement on AllFreeKnitting.com was followed by feelings of shock, nervousness, dread, acceptance, and, finally, resolution. After pushing away memories of my failed introduction to knitting so long ago, I became bound and determined to learn how to knit by using tools from my newly assigned website.
After rushing out to get beginning knitting supplies, I went home and downloaded AllFreeKnitting’s own How to Knit for Beginners: 9 Free Tutorials eBook. After explaining my mission to my mom (who had always wanted to learn how to knit), we printed out the PDF, sat down on the couch, and started learning together. Several hours later, we had made wonderful memories, impossibly tangled skeins, and two knitted bracelets with three rows of garter stitch.
That wonderful eBook helped me learn how to make a slip knot, cast on, and make my very first knit stitches. It even had more material for increasing/decreasing stitches and understanding knitting abbreviations. The step-by-step tutorials were immensely useful. Still, I couldn’t help but feel that it could be improved. After a few weeks of watching video tutorials and gaining more experience, I knew just what it needed. With bigger pictures, crystal-clear directions, and more thorough explanations, this eBook could become everything that a beginner knitter could want. To top it off, it needed a fresh new scarf pattern that youngins like myself would want to wear. Over the course of my internship, I made it my mission to improve this eBook for novice knitters. With Julie’s help (the brilliant editor of AllFreeKnitting), we finally have the new and improved How to Knit for Beginners: 9 Free Tutorials eBook ready for your reading enjoyment.
Now that the eBook is finally finished, I hope it will help more newbies learn the craft. But, if I’m being honest, there’s no way I would have been able to learn without the help of YouTube. It helps to see an experienced yarnie demonstrate the basics. I finally got the hang of my stitches after watching these videos a couple of times:
Finding the Start of the Skein:
It’s so basic that almost no one remembers to explain it. As a new beginner, I (literally) had no idea where to start without this video.
My mom made up a rhyme for this one. It’s a little cheesy, but it works. “Under the ocean; under the sea; over the waves; look at me!” The “look at me” is the part where you pull the yarn to tighten up your stitch.
The Knit Stitch:
Here’s a real confession: as silly as it is, I love the cat rhyme in this first video!
I’m not sure why, but binding off is always my favorite part.
Finally, I’d like to leave you with a few of my first ever projects. They may not look like much, but I’m proud of them.
My very first knitted bracelet!
You may remember this gem from our Facebook page. The editors of AllFreeKnitting affectionately decided that it looks a little like Urban Outfitters wall decor/dead animal skin.
This one’s looking a lot better. It’s a mixture of a dishcloth/potholder.
Hopefully, my current project (a knitted headband) will reflect my progress.
Thank you for sharing this journey with me. It’s so easy to share your love for knitting and all things yarn. I’ve really enjoyed writing for all of you.
Ashley the Intern
While my stay at AllFreeKnitting may be coming to a close,
my knitting career is just getting started!
What are your wise words of knitting advice?
What would you tell a newbie knitter like me for the future?