Ok so I want to learn to knit. There is a one day taster session running at the local comminity centre but it says to bring neddles and yarn but I have no idea what I am doing. Is there a certain type of neddle and yarn I should start with? I asked at the local shop but the lady just said she was too busy to help.
Thank you in advance for any help it really is very gratefully recieved.
Hi, you need to pick your yarn and then look on the label and it will tell you what size needle to use. Most beginners start with a nice chunky yarn (which you can knit up quickly to something like a scarf). In my local wool shop, all the yarns are split into sections according to size, so look for chunky or super chunky and then look for your needles. HTH, I'm no expert!
I bought chunky wool and needles for my DD when she learnt to knit. She could see each individual stitch and they were easy to count. Something like Sirdar Big Softie would be good although there are cheaper yarns out there. This yarn is knitted with big needles 8mm or 10mm are typical sizes.
Double knitting yarns are knitted on 4mm needles typically.
There are loads of videos on YouTube for beginner knitters.
There are nice acrylic yarns - like stylecraft special dk - and I think acrylic can be easier to learn with, as it is less likely to split, in ,y experience. Deramores are selling the stylecraft yarn at £1.99 for 100g - plenty of nice colours.