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6 Tips on How to Learn to Knit or Crochet

Are you interested in learning a new craft, or do you know someone who is?

Starting out can be hard when you're learning a brand new skill. We've all heard people talk about how hard it must be, but with these tips on getting started and a little patience, learning can be fun and simple.

Video Watch a short video. Sometimes it's very helpful to watch someone else's hands working to understand how the yarn is supposed to move. You don't have to go out and buy one either; check out our free Learn to Knit and Learn to Crochet videos for help.
Take a class Take a class. Local in-person classes or internet classes are great for people who learn well from formal instruction. If you're in the NYC area, come by the Lion Brand Yarn Studio for a class!
Friends Learn with a friend, or group of friends. A buddy to learn with can be a great boon to you while you're just starting out. You can swap tips and help one another as you learn.
Friend with skill Find a friend who already knows how. A friend with a skill can be teacher, translator, and compassionate helper when things get confusing. If you know a proficient crafter who's interested in teaching, let them try out their lesson plans on you.
Support Call customer support. When you need support on your first pattern or just aren't sure where to find a resource you need, call us! Call our Customer Support line (800-661-7551) from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. e.s.t. from Monday to Friday, or email us at
Forgive yourself Forgive yourself! Mistakes are part of learning a new skill. When something goes awry, simply rip back (a crafting term for pulling out the stitches you've made) and yarn lets you try all over again. You're learning! Go easy on yourself and you'll pick it up in no time.

Are you learning a new craft, or helping someone learn? What do you think are the best tips for a beginner? Leave a comment to share!