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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 Support@LionBrand.com
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!

  • Lambert_carrie

    I teach crocheting - and it is SO much fun with a group - love mom-daughter classes!  The best advice I can give is - relax and enjoy yourself - don't stress - your stitches will be too tight and your muscles will tighten up and can give you muscle cramps/pain.  Remember - this is for your enjoyment - and for me - and many - it's a form of therapy - and pushing yourself to be perfect or stressing over your work - which will be imperfect in the beginning as it is for everyone - this is the opposite of what sitchery is designed to be.  Love your self - and be gentle with yourself and your work - and it will reflect in the beautiful things you produce. 

  • GreenFuzzer

    I would like to add that if you think you can/know you can you will succeed in learning. If you start off negative then you will never learn. Be the person that says "Wow that is great. It looks difficult. Can you teach me how?" and jump in. Not that person that says "Oh that is pretty. It's too hard for me. I could never learn that." If that is you the you are right you will never learn how and won't have the joy the rest of us do.

  • Jackie Roberts

    I taught my daughter-in-law how to crochet and it was a great bonding experience. I suggest taking it slow and one step at a time. After learning chain and single crochet make a 6" square. This will give you practice before going to double crochet. We made lap throws and each square was a different stitch or technique.
    The finished project was fun to look back at and see how far we've come.

  • Kristina

    Start with a medium sized hook or needles and a smooth worsted weight or bigger yarn. It's easier to see where to put your next stitch if you can clearly see the previous stitches.

  • Sarah W.

    I'm gearing up to teach a Girl Scout troop to crochet. It's on Jan. 24, and any tips for teaching 10 girls would be great! I've taught a couple friends the basics, but this time I'll only have an hour and a half to teach them. Any good beginner patterns that only use the ch, sc, and dc stitches you could send my way would be greatly appreciated!

  • Booclady

    Count your stitches, it definitely cuts down on the rip back! Enjoy, working with fibers and colors is wonderful

  • Susan

    One of the Christmas presents to my 8 year old granddaughter was her personal "craft bag"...just a denim bag from the craft store, with some "glow in the dark" fabric paint which she used to decorate it.  I filled it with crochet hooks and knitting needles, yarn, some plastic canvas, an embroidery kit, her own craft scissors and some miscellaneous tools.  It was more of a hit than the toys and we have had so much fun learning these crafts.  She has already completed several projects including a garter stitch scarf which was done in time for the first day back at school! One simple hint....sit BESIDE the person you are teaching so that what they see is in the same perspective as doing it oneself.

  • Roloson 3

    I found that working in the round was easier than working straight back and forth. when I started crocheting granny squares and different variations  were a fun way to go and they bigger real quick.

    Watch out for that lefty they seem to pop up in the group. If they are not old enough to figure out that everything you do is mirror image of what you tell them. You should have at least a couple helpers helping you and one should of the opposite hand.
     If that is unavoidable and you have to teach the lefty this is what to do.You and the lefty sit in front of a mirror and have them watch what you do in the mirror you do the same (Watch what they are doing in the mirror). Keep all instructions vary simple. No directional instruction (Right or left) Because their right is you left and vise versa.

  • lefty

    I learned to knit left handed in Girl Scouts over 50 years ago. If I were doing it over I would have learned to knit  right handed. It' s always awkward when you learn a new skill and I don't think it would have been significantly harder to learn. As I progressed there often was no one to show me new stitches or help when I had problems. I spent a lot of time holding directions under my chin while looking in a mirror trying to reverse instructions. It's not impossible, in fact I literally just finished a baby blanket for a friend's first grandchild, but I couldn't teach my own daughter (right handed) how to knit.  

  • Kscatskill

    I've crocheted for years, and recently decided to learn to knit. My 'teacher' is my sister-in-law's mother, who has significant problems with memory. But she remembers stitches, and it has been more than a gift for all of us; my sis-in-law gets a much-needed break, I am learning a new craft, and 'Mom' continues to contribute to the fabric of family.

  • Chaplainmary

    I am an long time avid knitter! Am also a chaplain. its wonderful to teach someone how to knit charity items for other! We give them to bereaved families,. hosp patients, anyone who needs a hug and to know they are loved. thank you Lion Brand for wonderful yarns!

  • andi andrzejewski

    New Knitter here! Really New. I have had to take the Knitting 101 class at Joann's a few times, the teacher (Katie B) is fantastic. and patient with everyone -I can't say enough about these classes...it's a great time to get way from all the stress of life and do something for yourself while learning a new skill. 

  • Mary Bernice

    Take a class at your local high school adult education program. You'll have 4 - 8 weeks of mentoring. One of the biggest problems for new crocheters is learning whether you're at the last stitch of a row or need to go one more. Focus on getting that down so you have nice straight edges.

  • Roz S

    I will be starting up a knitting/ crochet group in the next few weeks. What I recommend for the kids is to learn how to attach the yarn to crochet hook,  how to chain,but not too long.   Teach them one stitch only,whether it be a single crochet or double crochet.  My granddaughter and I spent one night a total of 2 to 3 hours making a cowl.  It only uses one skein of yarn.  The directions are on the Lion Brand Wool-Ease skein of yarn.  It is made with a row of single crochet and one row of double crochet alternating.  The biggest thing is not twisting the chain.  It's something easy to do once they get the stitches down.  They need to learn how to join, and the simple way to end the work and to weave in the extra yarn.  Hopefully the girls could join a crochet group together and find a couple of adults to help out on a weekly basis.The girls could also watch the many videos on line.  My granddaughters problem,being 10 now is that she has so much homework and extra activities.  My group is named "Yarn and Hook of the South Shore" located in the Bridgewater, Mass. area.

  • JudyM

    I havene't taught anyone yet. However, I found that simply learning the basics without trying to follow a pattern is best at first. I taught myself and that's what I did, just kept going until it was long enough for a scarf. I increased stiches without meaning to or realizing until I noticed that it was wider where I was than at the beginning. So I looked up how to increase and decrease and pretended it was funky-looking on purpose. I stressed over it some, but no-one else knew which made it less stressful. 

  • RWatson

    I started my group of little ones (5 girls) with a size K hook and some bulky yarn, 10 chain stitches and single crochet.  Sometimes even a scarf can be a little overwelming, so I had them to make a headband.  It's not too long to make and it's something they can wear right away and show off their new skills.

  • Angielahke

    I not speak inglish
    But I like it, see this page in spanish
    jejejeje sorry

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  • Oiseauk

    I started learning to knit about 8 weeks ago. The biggest issue for me is mistakes, how to correct them. I've found Youtube videos and DVDs to help with just that. If I kept ripping out I'd NEVER get anything accomplished and in my humble opinion if you don't learn how to correct errors then you can't really progress forward.

  • Sophia

    I learned to single_crochet by video and a friend of the teachers of my summer camp's difrent location taught me to double crochet, but we learned to work in our own ways.

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