In the age of the internet, it is far easier to learn how to knit than it was even a few years ago. I decided to teach myself how to knit in early 2010. This was around the time my husband spent some time in the hospital, so I spent a lot of time keeping him company and learning the basics of knitting. I wanted to share some of the tips and websites that I have discovered over the last few years.
This was the first website I stumbled on in 2010. While I haven’t spent a lot of time on their knitting forum, it is a website that I am constantly coming back to when I am learning a basic technique for the first time. All of the videos are embedded, but are YouTube-based, which makes bookmarking or favoriting frequently referenced videos a snap.
Ravelry may not be a site for learning how to knit, but it offers a wealth of free patterns for knitters and crocheters of any experience level. It is free, although you do need an account to view the patterns. Searching can be done by categories and filtered by difficulty or yarn weights, to name just a few. The site also allows you to save a library of patterns, and to keep track of your needles by gauge and even your yarn stash!
I only just discovered this website within the last few months, but I do enjoy their wonderfully helpful videos on YouTube. They have their own channel, and these videos came in very handy this year when I needed some help working through a Christmas stocking pattern and socks. The videos are very clear and concise. I’m eager to delve deeper into the website and check out some of the patterns they reference in their videos!
While it’s not my favorite online knitting hub, I did get a lot of early help from this website. I would spend hours looking at the different tips and tricks archived here. They often link to other websites for easy reference, and it can be time-consuming to filter through the information to find the relevant bits. While they could benefit from implementing better organization, they do archive a lot of useful information.
When Pinterest came into my life, I spent countless hours just perusing all the neat craft ideas and patterns. It is far from perfect but it does allow you to easily save patterns and ideas that are not on Ravelry. I highly recommend checking into the actual links before pinning because there is nothing more frustrating than thinking you have a pattern saved and then realizing it was just a picture.
These sites are only the tip of the iceberg. Do you have any favorite craft websites that you use time and time again? Please add them in the comments and we can add them to our list.