What Are the Best Ways to Learn to Knit and Crochet?

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  • Written By: Lainie Petersen
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  • Last Modified Date: 10 January 2020
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If you want to learn to knit and crochet, start by thinking about your learning style. Some people learn best from books, others from watching video instruction, and many people benefit from in-person instruction. Books and videos on both crafts are available from retail stores, and many websites offer free print and video instructions. If you wish to learn how to knit and crochet from a live instructor, you have the choice of asking a friend or family member to teach you or attending a class through an adult education program or at a retail store.

If you are comfortable learning how to knit and crochet from print instructions or video, an online search should lead you to some good sites. You may also want to check out sites owned by needlework companies and craft stores, as these may be able to provide you with professionally produced videos as well as online ordering for yarn, hooks, and needles. Ask people you know who are experienced in either or both crafts for recommendations for sites that provide good educational materials. Online blogs for knitting and crochet enthusiasts may also be able to point you to quality resources. Some companies even produce kits for beginners that include all the supplies you need for a simple project as well as an instructional video or book.


Hands-on instruction is also available and may be the best option if you have never done any type of needlework before. If you are aware of sewing, craft, or needlework stores in your community, call or e-mail them and ask if they offer classes or one-on-one instruction. The prices for these programs may be very reasonable, as these stores may subsidize class costs with the expectation that students will purchase materials at the store. Another option is to contact your local park district or community adult education program for information about class offerings.

You may find that there are plenty of individuals in your community who would be delighted to teach you how to knit and crochet. Friends and family members, for example, may be happy to spend some time with you so that you can learn basic stitches. You may also want to look into local needlework groups and clubs in your area, as these organizations can provide you with company and support as you learn how to knit and crochet and some of their more advanced members may be able to provide you with expert instruction. Before joining an organization, be sure to ask about costs and whether new members are expected to have a background in needlework before participating in club activities.



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@bythewell - I love the fact that knitting and crocheting are often passed down through generations. Although I learned how to knit through tutorials online, I have every intention of teaching my kids how to do it, both the boys and the girls.

It's very satisfying to be able to do something useful with your hands while your eyes or ears are busy.

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@clintflint - Your mother is missing a great opportunity, although maybe she will be better about teaching the next generation. I learned how to knit from my grandmother, who was a champion knitter. She was always making us clothes and seemed to be able to create an entire sweater in a matter of hours.

She taught me when I was very young and we would knit together, but then I thought I forgot everything after she passed away. I was really happy to figure out recently that I do still know how to knit. I probably couldn't have described it to anyone, but my fingers just seemed to remember how to make the right movement once I got started again.

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I always wanted my mother to teach me how to knit and she always told me she couldn't because she was left handed and I'm right handed. I'm not sure that should make such a big difference though, because you can just decide which hand to use for which task when you're knitting, after all.

Although mainly I just need her to explain how to read a knitting pattern, rather than showing me how to actually knit and crochet, since I can remember that from learning it at school.

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