Learning to Knit and the Ups and Downs


Hey everyone! Today I’m going to be covering something I’m asked literally every day. Is knitting hard, how long did it take you, how did you start?

Let me start off by saying knitting is literally just a slightly harder version of tying your laces. You learn it, practice it over time and become a master of the art. It’s easy to learn and just requires a little patience, but more of that below;

Consistency is key. Knitting gets easier the more you do it, so whether you’re a stay at home mom or someone who works 12 hours a day, all it takes is a little bit of time and a very small amount of money. 

Focus well, if you have your phone out checking facebook or other sites then you’ll make mistakes, put some music on and get in the moment and you’ll learn so fast. Shut everything else off and take some time for yourself, that’s the excuse I make!

Trial and error is another key, mistakes are literally the special ingredient in any art and knitting is no different. For example learning how to warp can take some time, and definitely a few more mistakes, but at the end of the process you’ll be a master and staying positive when these mistakes happen is key. 

Before you start learning to knit, you obviously need to get the goods. Below is a small list of things you’ll need to start:

  • Yarn – order the colors that you want to bring that new sweater or scarf to life. Do you need thick or thin yarn for your ideas, do you need basic yarn or novelty?
  • Knitting needles – Straight, circular, interchangeable, double pointed, cable. Sharp straight tips handle light yarn well, so I’d recommend starting there.
  • Scissors – to help you cut the yarn thread. 
  • Basket – To have your yarn sat in as you stitch up. 
  • Knitting book – you need a book to follow, otherwise you’ll be on your phone and will inevitably end up scrolling!

Best Beginner Knitting Project

Hands down the best project that teaches you a few things is knitting a little bunny, even if it isn’t easter this is invaluable to you as you start knitting as you learn lots of techniques. 


In the article I covered some key points for getting started with knitting, what you need and a project to start you off with. When people ask me how hard is knitting, it’s totally subjective to what you want to do with it, but before you read off-putting posts about how it takes years to master, just sit down and make a start. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but after a couple of weeks I guarantee some of your knits will be done in much less than a day!

If you check out some of my other articles you can see the difference between knitting and crochet, and the best knitting materials to use too including budget friendly options, thank you so much for reading!


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