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What You Need To Start Knitting
Have you ever been knitting in public (doctor’s office, train, bus, library, sporting event, airport, school pickup line, etc.) and someone started a conversation with you about knitting? Knitting is a very social hobby!
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It brings people together and helps develop bonds. If you wanted to connect more with others, why not join or start your own knitting club? Both are very easy to do and cost nothing to get started.
I recently sat down with knitters from three different knitting groups to discuss how they started their group, how long they’ve been meeting, what inspired them to start a club, and what they do at their group meetings. Hopefully, it will inspire you to join or start your own knitting club!
A knitting club is a group of 2 or more people who get together to knit or crochet. Builders of all skill levels are welcome.
While there are formal groups that can be found through the TKGA (Knitting Guild of America) or CGOA (Crochet Guild of America), all the knitting groups we encountered were informal groups.
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Being part of a knitting group is a great way to meet like-minded people about the craft. I interviewed the founders of three knitting groups to give you an idea of what the club is like and how you can tailor it to suit your needs and those of your members.
They meet every week at the pub.” I started this group to find more seamstresses in my area and to have a party that wasn’t always with my current friends.
We started with 8 people. We now have a team of around 10-12. We meet to talk, laugh and relax. “
Suzanne Knight of West Chester, PA started a crochet group last year. A group of twelve meets twice a month in the afternoon at his church. Church members and non-members are welcome.
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Another thing I found very interesting about this group is that they ask members to be aware of the projects they are doing. “We ask them to switch projects by doing one project for themselves, and the next thing they create is what they will donate to charity.” says Knight.
The three most organized groups we spoke to were KNITWITS, led by Marsha Wenskay. They met weekly for 15 years at a church in Rancho Santa Fe, CA and in the summer at a nearby restaurant.
The purpose of the group is to share the fun and benefits of knitting while creating; and as many people as possible.
This team doesn’t rest on its laurels, either. Every January, they hold a business meeting to choose two charities to support next year and a skill-building class taught by Wenskay. KnitWits wrote on their site about the bombing a few years ago and the new bomb is working. “We celebrate our birthday every January with a yarn swap and themed games and prizes. We also organize trips to fiber fairs, TKGA fairs, and our local knitting club,” said Wenskay.
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You don’t need to be a master knitter to start a group! If you are new to knitting and need a friend to knit with, teach them how to dress and knit..voila! A group is formed!
You will be amazed at what you learn and share in the knitting club. “We all have levels from beginners to advanced and if someone has a question about a pattern or a new technique, we all try to step in to help them have a successful project.” says Walpole.
Your knitting group can be as relaxed as those at Sip + Stitch, “We hang out, order our drinks, show off our current projects or finished projects, and then just chat about our week.” says Walpole. Or, you can choose an organized group like KNITWITS, “We do a Show and Share on the last Wednesday of the month to show off our finished projects.
There’s a fun Holiday party with ugly sweaters, a Secret Santa Exchange with a fabulously wrapped ball of yarn and Champagne. Usually, we serve snacks and wine. Then the knitters who need help sit next to me and we solve their knitting problem,” said Wenskay.
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The two groups we spoke with were word of mouth or email. While Sip + Stitch takes a high-tech approach. “We use Meetup.com for dates and planning and I recently started a Ravelry group. I found that we would talk about different knitting patterns with Ravelry, rather than Meetup being an easy way to share those patterns with the group.” says Walpole.
Meetup.com, TKGA, CGOA, and Ravelry are great resources to start looking for your group. You can check at your local library, community center, church, synagogue, and even your local grocery store. If you can’t find a group, start your own!
If you join or start a knitting group, you will find much more than you expected. What we found out from all three teams we interviewed was that what they liked about their clubs had nothing to do with knitting.
They love the free time they have, and the stories they share while together. The thread that binds them together, allows them to meet the ups and downs of life: marriages, children, divorces, career challenges, children, and the death of loved ones.
How To Finger Knit
Getting together with a group of like-minded people allows you to share and work through life’s problems and make lifelong friendships.
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Finger knitting is easy and quick! Follow along with my finger knitting for beginners series and learn to cast on, knit stitches and cast off with these easy step by step instructions.
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Welcome to the second part of my ‘finger knitting’ series. By the end of this series, you will be able to make a simple braid that can be used as a necklace, bracelet or scarf.
If you have never picked up a crochet hook or knitting needles before I know that this type of art can seem intimidating but I promise finger knitting is as easy as it is fun. It’s the perfect thing to do while watching your favorite show or crafting with friends.
If you haven’t yet, it’s time to go over and learn the first part, how to do finger knitting. It’s the first basic step you’ll need to get started.
How did you go? Have you missed it yet? Thank you very much, now that you have mastered the first step in any knitting project it is time to move on to the next step, how to knit stitches and rows.
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This method uses four fingers and is the most common method of finger knitting. To create the stitches you wrap the wool around your four fingers and weave over and under it and then lift the bottom loop up and over the top loop. Don’t worry I’ll cover everything below in detail.
You can finger knit using any type of yarn or wool you have on hand but I recommend starting with a large yarn such as t-shirt yarn. I find it easier to work with rich materials especially when you are just starting out.
3. In the next row, tie the thread with your little finger, under the ring finger, over the middle finger and hold it between your index and middle fingers.
4. Pull the bottom row up and over your fingers as you did when you were inserting. Start with your little finger and work your way back to your index finger.
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5. When you turn it over you can see the finger knitting starting to take shape. Gently pull the tail behind your hand to tighten the knot.
Want to know how to cast off and finish your finger knitting project? See Section 3 – Disposal here.
To make a simple necklace I usually knit 23 rows. T-shirt yarn has some stretch in it so keep this in mind when deciding how long to braid.
To make a bracelet make your braid small and balanced against your wrist. To make a scarf, you can use heavy wool like Hello Glow did