Ok a couple of the ladies who read this have asked me about knitting either on the blog or through email so I thought I’d compile my answers to a post. Plus I’m sure there are some guys who are secretly dying to learn but are afraid to ask. Don’t be afraid fellas even guys knit! Its cool! Really, check out Men Who Knit.
I don’t think knitting is “that hard” but I also crochet, cross stitch and other crafty things, so I know there are those who disagree with me.
If you live in an area that has a Local Yarn Shop (LYS) find out if they offer lessons or check around your craft stores, I know classes are taught at our Hobby Lobby.
If you can’t find classes you can teach yourself, it just takes patience. If you have the right book you can teach yourself new things without a teacher, I do it all the time. You need to have patience with yourself, be prepared to rip out (frog) a lot at the beginning, get some cheap cotton and make a LOT of washcloths, its a cheap, easy way to practice and try out patterns and you can give them as gifts. You’re gonna have to do this even if you take classes and beware of any class that starts off with you making a sweater, you’ll get bored of it before its done and you’re not experienced enough to have it look the way you want when its completed, so you’ll have spent a LOT on something you’ll probably never wear.
I’d recommend buying Stitch ‘N Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook to have for a reference or to teach yourself from. I also highly recommend Mason-Dixon Knitting, that way you don’t go from knitting a scarf to trying to knit a sweater.
Find a local Sit n Knit, Stitch n Bitch, whatever they are calling it, find a group of people who like to knit too, even it’s on-line like Mason Dixon Knit-A-Long. It gives you a group of people to ask questions of and a group who will truly appreciate your work. Don’t forget to check out some of the great knitting blogs I link to for inspiration!