Knitting is one of the simplest handcrafts in terms of supplies that you need to be able to get started. A bit of a bummer, really, if you are like me and enjoy a shopping trip to stock up on loads of supplies when starting a new handcraft. Although it is certainly easier on the budget when you are starting out! (Warning: building up yarn stashes of scrumptious new yarns can bust that budget!)
When my husband and I were living in Malawi, Africa, knitting was actually the one handcraft that I could do there without bringing the supplies with me from the States. Not that yarn was abundant there. But I was able to find it in our local village, which was so remote that we had to drive well over six hours just to get to a city. Then I just had to locate some knitting needles, and voila! I was good to go.
So if you were looking for the short list, there it is. Knitting needles and yarn, and you are good to go. If you are looking for as much information you can possibly digest about knitting needles, check out my post here. Below I make some recommendations for a good starting point as you prepare to begin knitting.
- Pick a simple pattern to make while you learn. I’ll be releasing a basic beginner’s cowl pattern soon that you can download for free, which is an excellent place to start.
- Buy one pair of circular needles. Pick the size that is on your pattern. Sizes 6 and 8 are great starter sizes, and the needles will be ones that you can use over and over again. I find that the circular needles with a 16″ cord are very useful for your everyday knitting. Again, for more information about knitting needles, you can read up about everything you’ll possibly need to know with this post on Knitting Needles 101.
- Buy a worsted weight or sport weight yarn, or size indicated by your pattern. Make sure that you like the look and feel of your yarn so that you are excited to practice with it, but avoid yarns that have a lot of fluff, which can make it difficult to knit while you are learning.