How do I Choose the Best Knitting Videos?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

There are a number of educational knitting videos on the market to help people learn to knit, improve their knitting skills, and complete specific knitting projects. In order to choose the best knitting video, skill level must first be assessed. If the viewer is a beginner, then the video should cater to someone who is just starting out with the basics of the craft. Such a video should include information about different widths of knitting needles, different types of yarn, and information about how to perform basic stitches. There are also knitting videos for people who are at an intermediate level, as well as knitting videos for advanced knitters who want to learn complicated stitches and patterns.

A knitted sweater.
A knitted sweater.

The age of the knitter should also be considered when browsing knitting videos. There are some videos that are appropriate for almost anyone. There are others, however, that are geared towards children and include information on knitting projects that are specifically interesting to young people. There are also knitting videos that are geared toward people at specific points in their lives. Knitting videos for mothers or women who are expecting children might have information about how to create clothing and accessories for children or infants.

A zip-up knitted sweater.
A zip-up knitted sweater.

Knitting is an ancient form of cloth-making that is, according to historical evidence, more than 1,000 years old. In those thousand years, many forms of knitting, styles of stitches, and knitting techniques have been developed. Even now, when pre-fabricated clothing can be purchased for an affordable price, many people choose to knit in order to express their creativity, relax, or enjoy the social setting of a knitting group. Not all people have access to knitting circles or classes, so they can use knitting videos to help the learn to knit and improve upon their skills.

Knitting needles and yarn.
Knitting needles and yarn.

Some of the best knitting videos help the viewers to complete a knitting project. This can be great for people who are trying to learn a new pattern step-by-step. A video that included instruction on how to make a sweater, for example, might have a number of different segments with instructions for how to create the body and the arms of the sweater. Another segment might show how to connect each finished piece in order to complete the garment. Each segment can be watched a few times to help the knitter to perfectly create the intended stitches. When each segment is finished, the next segment can be watched as the project progresses.

People who don't have access to a knitting class or circle may benefit from watching instructional videos.
People who don't have access to a knitting class or circle may benefit from watching instructional videos.
Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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