Clicking on the links within this brief article will take you on an Internet mini-tour of sites interesting to knitters. The History of Knitting The art of knitting has been traced back as far as 200 AD with unearthed knitted relics from that period containing an untricacy of color patterning and design. In some areas, over the years, knitting was very important to the economy. In the cold, remote Shetland Islands, knitting was so important that a woman would be known to be walking along, carrying a fully loaded basket and knitting at the same time! Knitting Today Knitting is an exciting art today, with the wide array of varied colors and textures in yarns that are available for a knitter to discover, along with the availability of fascinating patterns created by talented designers. Beginning knitters will find it best to choose a project that is a simple pattern with knitting worsted weight yarn (the more plain the yarn, the easier it will work up.) Once knitting this project is accomplished, you may be hooked on knitting and ready to experience the pleasure of watching fancier, more intricate patterning take shape on your knitting needles. What fun! Knitters will find videos to be a valuable tool for enhancing their knitting skills. Watching an actual demonstration of a technique has been proven to be one of the easiest and best ways to learn, along with the opportunity to learn at your own pace. Some of the video titles that are available to knitters today are: Knitting, Multi-Color Techniques for Handknitters Sweater Finishing for Hand and Machine Knitters Circular Method Sweater Knit Repair Techniques [Printed Video Catalog] [Online Video Catalog]
Finding Yarn Sources on the Web Elann Fibre: An online catalog featuring patterns, books, yarns, kits. Click on the "samples" button at this site to find out about purchasing Elann's Closeout Newsletter subscription announcing yarn closeout specials. Smiley's Yarns: Yarn at discount prices. You can receive free samples of their Yarn of the Month Offer. Finding Free Patterns on the Web About Knitting: Many links to free patterns at various websites see "Subjects" list in left-hand column on any page. There are also free patterns within some of the bi-weekly articles on this site. Active knitting forum and chat. Northwest Peddlers: Section of free online knitting patterns. Vanderbilt University: Many free patterns online for knitted dishcloths and washcloths.
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