Four Reasons Why You Should Learn to Knit

More and more women today are taking up knitting as a hobby. In a world where so much of our work is insubstantial, making things with your palms and fingers can help you feel better about yourself.  It can give you the feeling of control and mastery and is a way of creating order and beauty. So if you want a good break from all the pressure that you feel now, knitting is a great activity that you should consider. Do you know that knitting can be so much better for you than too much texting or web searching or electronic games? It can be a great form of therapy that you should consider. Aside from that, the following shall also inspire you to learn to knit.

Fabulous yarns are best for fabulous knitwear

  1. Knitting is great for reducing stress and anxiety.

Do you know that repetition of a word, sound, phrase, prayer, or muscular activity is recommended for they can result to decreased heart rate, muscle tension, and blood pressure? It can actually be likened to meditation. It is a Zen-like activity that you should do with your friends. The use of fabulous yarns will surely make the activity turn out to be more fun and exciting.

  1. Knittingconnects people.

So this is actually the main reason why you have to invite your friends and family members to knit with you. By joining a knitting group, a solitary activity turns into a social one.  It is always fun to learn with others. One study, called “The Benefits of Knitting for Personal and Social Wellbeing in Adulthood” and published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, found that “knitting in a group impacted significantly on perceived happiness, improved social contact, and communication with others.” So if you wish to connect with people, this is undoubtedly a good one to pursue.

  1. Knitting promotes concentration.

Focusing a work with your hands can somehow give you that rewarding feeling that you may never get from other activities. It is a great way for you to be able to improve your concentration too. Knitting offers a break from busy schedules and a stimulating detox from a technology-saturated world.

  1. Knitting provides a rare chance to be alone with your thoughts.

If your thoughts have been killing you lately, knit. If there is a problem that has been running through your mind that you badly have to get away from, grab your yarn and needle and start knitting.


Knitting as a Growing Hobby: Relaxing and Rewarding at the Same Time

Knitting is a growing hobby that is enjoyed by many people. This activity may seem intimidating at first but as you learn about it, it becomes easier and more enjoyable for you. You have to take it one step at a time. First, you need to know the different knitting stitch types that make up the foundation of the knitting. When you are already familiar with the popular stitch patterns, you can then begin to learn the world of knitting in a clearer way. It takes time until knitting will be at your fingertips.


The Circular Knitting

Circular knitting is knitting in round to create seamless tubes. This practice is ideal for creating projects like sweaters, hats, socks and many more. Knitting in round can be hard at first but with a lot of patience and practice, you will soon love the way it is done. You just have to follow a circular knitting pattern. There is a very little difference between knitting in round and knitting in flat.

Circular knitting requires different knitting tools. You cannot knit in the round with the standard knitting needles so you have to find the kind of needle that you should use. You have to choose double pointed needles or the circular ones.

The Importance of Quality Yarns

The success of your knitting project will basically depend on the quality of the yarn that you are going to purchase. There are different kinds of yarns that you can choose from. You can ask people at the yarn shop to help you choose the best type of yarn that you are going to use for the specific project that you have in mind.


Why Many People Enjoy Knitting?

Knitting is relaxing and rewarding at the same time. Most people get a sense of satisfaction when they knit. Whether you will be looking on the physical or psychological aspect, knitting as a hobby is really an enjoyable one. There are factors that can explain the phenomenon but that will depend on every person’s intention to knit. Some may want to make personalized gifts for the holidays while some people simply wants to kill time. One of the most rewarding aspects of the knitting job is that you are going to come up with something that is valuable after the activity. There are free knitting and crochet classes that you can join to so you’ll learn about the knitting process and all the fun that it can give.


What You Need To Get Started With Knitting

1. Yarn
Choose the specific type of yarn you need for your first knitting project. Your yarn should match your needle. There are different yarns to choose from, so look closely. You can choose from a variety of yarn from super fine, medium, to super bulky, among others.

The bigger the project, the bigger the yarn. For example, you want to make a mobile phone holder or a purse, it is best to use medium to super bulky. The size of yarn differs with the size of your project.


For beginners, it is best to start with the basics. No need to complicate things, knitting is a very relaxing hobby. One should enjoy it fully; start with any type of yarn you are confident with.

2. Needles
It is most recommended to use Bamboo needles. It is rather more expensive than the rest but makes knitting easier for 1st timers. If you want to start with metal ones, that’s fine as well, go ahead. The plastic ones are best for more skilled knitters because they tend to get caught, snagging your yarn, and it does tend to be quite a frustration, you wouldn’t want that.

If unsure of which needle size to go with, ask the store representative for advice. Single pointed knitting needles come in two sizes, 10″ or 14″. The 10″ is easier to handle for the not-so-knowledgeable in knitting and high – level knitting patterns, so I’d recommend these. It is very easy to handle, then you can eventually move on to a 14″.

If you are really serious in taking up knitting as a hobby, some stores offer discounts on Needle sets. It will come in handy, so if you want to splurge, go right ahead. No harm in having an extra needle around, when you misplace the other one. Trust me, which happens a lot in our house, better to have an extra one handy.

3. A pair of scissors
Scissors come in different sharpness and various sizes. No need to buy several different one. Just choose one that you are comfortable in handling. I’d recommend a medium sized one. Not too sharp, you wouldn’t want to snip-off your pretty fingers.Handle with care when using in your 1st knitting creation.


4. A sewing needle
Needles come in different size. No harm having many in tow. Keep them in a safe place. I’d recommend keeping it in a small container, easy to open for quick sewing care.
You will need to sew in a few things into your knittingproject, personalizing your creation every step of the way.

5. A crochet hook
Knitting and crochet, come hand and in hand. Both have several techniques you would need to master in the long run.
Keep this handy in your knitting tool kit, just in case some of your projects require it.

Remember, you are only limited by your own imagination.Do not be afraid to combine techniques as you go along. Your project is your, after all.Happy Knitting!


Part 2: Passion for the Basic Crochet Stitches

Part 1 mentioned 2 of my favorite basic crochet stitches. The new post will show you more of what I am fond of doing. Creativity in our blood, we have made it our mission to share our love for knitting through the store and our website. Our day to day activities always include making beautiful things with our hands. This is a constant reminder of our upbringing, our passion for creative creation.

We encourage people from all over to drop by the store, The Ball of Yarn. It is a place where our community would converge to share best practices and knitting patterns to family and friends. You see, it takes time, creating a crochet piece. From a small crocheted pair of baby boots one can give as a Christening gift, all carefully planned from design, color, size and kind, or to a personally designed knitting pattern for grandma’s crocket sweater, creatively planned to show the work of our hands, having grown up being mentored into crocheting beautiful works of art we could all use or wear—all these started with the basic know how of the basic crochet stitches.

Let me give you a rundown of things I learned while I was growing up. See below a description of each and a basic illustration of how it should look like all done into a crochet pattern.

Lace and Open work stitchesImage

Gorgeous is what I would call it. Imagine integrating other knitting stitches with this one to create your own perfect little crochet piece.

With this open work effect and its little holes, one can produce a fine lacy knitting pattern.

Like all other stitches, there are numerous varieties to this crochet stitch. Practice doing one and let your imagination fly.

Shell Stitches
I adore this knitting stitch. Feel free to visit our website, The Ball of Yarn, for samples of Shell Stitch Knitting patterns to try at home.

How to make this pretty design? Learn how to make the following to make the combination into the same stitch:


1. Half double crochet
2. Double crochet
3. Treble crochet
4. Double treble crochet

If you feel like going to the ocean or the beach but unable to do so, try this relaxing piece to create, like the name implies, shell crochet stitches which resemble bivalve seashells. Google tit and you’ll know instantly what I’m talking about. These are seashells we usually find walking along the shore, picking things up and collecting priced childhood pieces in our little makeshift bucket. Showcase your love for the sea, by producing this knitting stitch pattern though the combination of crochet stated above. The design is a combination created by working more than one stitch into the same stitch. Research and practice is what I would recommend. This is worth learning for future intricate knitting designs you can come up with by learning your basic crochet stitches.