You might be tempted to think about knitting as a somewhat old fashioned kind of pastime, but the truth is that it’s a hobby that’s enjoying a real resurgence at the moment.
Knitting has become very popular with people of all ages, thanks to the rise of new patterns, fun designs and laid back knitting circles.
Get out your needles and remember how much fun knitting can be with the help of some modern designs and lovely patterns.
Rediscovering the joy of knitting
There’s something very relaxing about the click of knitting needles and there are few things that beat the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve made something yourself. If you’re a little rusty or you’ve never had a proper go at knitting, you’ll be glad to know that there are lots of guides, videos and helpful hints available free online. Turn to Knitting Help for some useful exercises for beginners or spend many happy hours trying out the exercises in the Craft Yarn Council’s learning centre. Vogue Knitting also has a nice how to knit section which is sure to have you powering ahead in no time.
One of the driving forces behind knitting’s return to the mainstream is the fact it can be a wonderfully social activity. Knitting groups have been popping up all over the country, encouraging keen knitters to come along and make new friends. To find a group near you, enter your details into Stich n’ Bitch or Knit Together. You’re sure to find plenty of welcoming knitters nearby and if not, maybe you could try setting up a social group yourself.
Knitting can also be a very therapeutic activity and one that can be easily paired with other entertainments, such as listening to the radio or watching TV. It might take you a little while to be skilful enough to concentrate on something other than knitting, but eventually you’ll find it’s perfectly possible to multitask. If you want to have a go at knitting in front of the TV, have a go at one of the Examiner’s easy TV knits.
Finding inspiration to get knitting
When you’re in search of inspiration, turn to fun sites and publications such as Modern Knitting and Milla Mia for some excellent ideas and beautiful patterns. There, you’ll find everything from simple designs for beginners to ambitious projects for only the most competent knitters – ideal if you’re on the hunt for a challenge. On the other hand, if you’re looking for wacky ways to wield your needles, Trend Hunter’s 100 knitting inspirations – covering everything from cute hats to knitted wigs – is sure to help.
More creative ideas can be found from the community at Craftsy, who share their own fabulous designs with other knitters free of charge. Another excellent resource for knitters of all stripes is the UK Hand Knitting Association. Sharing everything from information about knitting shows to shopping details and reports on knitting awards, it’s a real gem for those who love working with wool.
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