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Knitting Basics for the Ultimate Newbies

Knitting is a method of turning yarn or thread into pieces of cloth or garments. Arguably knitting is called as a craft more than a just a mere process because it requires adequate knitting skills and dexterity to accomplish one.

Knitting begins with casting or commonly referred to as binding. It involves the preliminary creation of stitches on your knitting needle. There are tons of ways to start up knitting and different binding creates various effects and some may be elastic or stretchy, while others offer a decorative edge.

Knitting is sometimes confused with crochet. Although the process is pretty much similar, there are significant differences between both. In knitting, you would require a minimum of 2 needles whereas crochet only uses a single apparatus. Knitting also has multiple active stitches or stitches that are in use while crochet uses a single hook.

Knitting may be done manually or with the aid of a machine. Other with sufficient knitting skills prefer to do it by hand for they tend to be more in control of their craft not to mention the innumerable means and style that they could do. Some enthusiasts even claim that both produce a rather more similar end-result.

Yarns are the most common thread used for knitting although numerous types of thread can be used. Differently coloured yarns are most if not all of the times preferred for they can produce such lovely and very colourful results. Not only are they preferred because they come in a very wide variety of colours, it is also because they bring added weight to the final piece.

Another very important tool used in knitting is knitting needles. They are slender and long stick with tapered edges on one end. Knitting needles can be made out of almost anything but the most common ones are aluminium, plastic, and bamboo. If you have been acquainted with this craft and have enough knitting skills, you immediately can tell that bamboo needles are the most sufficient for they can easily be manipulated and can control the size of the loop.

Knitting skills are not in born although the ability of learn may have been. It takes practice and more exposure to the craft to enhance your expertise. Don’t expect to be good at it over night, be patient and realistic. I’m pretty sure that the best of all knitters did not acquire his/her skills at once. So if you want to be good with it, you might as well consider starting now.

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