Do you love to knit, crochet, and explore other fiber arts? Whether you like to create ponchos, shawls, and afghans, or caps, scarves, and sweaters, knitting and crocheting is often more than just an occasional hobby for many individuals.
According to a recent survey with knitters and crocheters, there are 3 important reasons why they choose to participate in this art and craft:
- Creative outlet: 65%
- Making things for others: 51%
- Sense of accomplishment: 44%
What are their favorite projects? While scarves and hats were the favorite projects for knitters and crocheters of all ages, other favorites included baby blankets and afghans.
Knitters and crocheters also like to get together in groups. In addition to being able to learn from or trade tips with each other, the members may also enjoy working on charity and other special projects. Groups also provide a wonderful way to socialize, develop a sense of community, and create at the same time.
If you’re just learning how to knit, you are probably aware that there are 3 basic types of knitting needles:
- Standard “pin” style
Standard needles can be used to knit all sorts of projects, such as scarves, hats, and sweaters. Double-pointed needles are used to make different styles of socks, and circular needles are recommended for projects such as sweaters, scarves, baby blankets, and afghans.
To create all these wonderful projects, you’ll need lots of yarn, too. Depending on the type of project you want to start, it’s a good idea to stock up. Once you finish your first project, you’ll probably want to start your next one right away. While some knitters and crocheters prefer fine cotton yarn and natural fibers yarn, others like to work with wool yarn.
You may want to sign up for a free membership at Ravelry, too, which is a social networking site for people that knit, crochet, spin, and weave. In addition to discovering tips and patterns at their site, you may also enjoy reading their blog, “Unraveled.” It’s possible that you may also be able to locate a local knitters and crocheters group in your area so you can learn even more and participate in an enjoyable social activity.