Often people ask me what they should do to learn the needlecraft of knitting. Typically people buy a lovely yarn and start with a scarf. The thought is that once they are done they will have something pretty and useful.
I don’t recommend knitting a scarf for a first project. Why? Scarves take a long time to knit and many end up as UFOs (industry term for UnFinished Objects) heaped and stuffed in the back of the closet. We are a culture who wants instant satisfaction, and frankly who wants to knit 5+ feet to complete a first time project? And let’s be honest, first projects are not pretty. Mistakes are made, ripping out stitches is expected and holding those sticks is downright awkward.
Learning a new craft is exciting and can be challenging. I recommend knitting washcloths for the beginner knitter because they are small projects and you can concentrate on one stitch pattern at a time. If you need more practice on a particular stitch you can make another washcloth. Hey, who couldn’t use another washcloth? They make great gifts too. So don’t wait – get your FREE downloadable pattern for 3 basic knitting stitches: garter, stockinette and double seed.