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  • Learn to Knit!

    Published: July 21, 2020
    By: Roberta Johnson 
    • Pink yarn with knitting needles
      Photo by Les Triconautes on Unsplash

    I love knitting! I started knitting back in 2010 and have been hooked ever since. Knitting is not only great for relaxing but when you’re done, you’ve produced something that is loved and can be worn forever! As I am sure you have been keeping yourself busy during this time, why not add another skill by learning to knit.


    As I mentioned, this is my 10th year anniversary of learning to knit. Believe it or not, I learned to knit via YouTube and books. Learning anything takes time and patience. So remember to be kind to yourself as you learn a new skill.

    Here are some of my top resources for learning to knit:


    • image of a black woman in hand made knit called vinterfjell sweater in spit screen with a sweater in the progress of completion
      Personal Photo by Roberta Johnson


    As a knitter, you will always need help and resources. I find Very Pink Knits to be extremely useful! Here are some books for beginners and to have in your knitting library for reference: 


    Stitch’n B*tch: The Knitter’s Handbook by Debbie Stroller

    The Knitter’s Companion Deluxe Edition by Vicki Square



    • various progress stage of hand-knit hat called put a pom on it the last picture in the frame is a black woman in the completed hat

    You can find these books at a Local Yarn Shop (LYS) as well as additional support. Here is a list of yarn shops in Philly: 

    Wild Hand




    And there you have it! Some great resources to get you started on your knitting journey!

    Learn the basics with RJ Knits:


    How to Knit: Easy for Beginners

    Everyone’s first project is a scarf. This video below is a complete instruction of a warm scarf from start to finished:


    How to Knit a Scarf for Beginners Step By Step

    We would love to see your knitting creations! Share your wonderful work with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram@Phillyfunguide! 


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    This feature is brought to you by vice president of audience engagement, Roberta Johnson. She is a musician, an art lover, and a vivacious knitter. Follow her knitty adventures @ Knits and Bonnets.




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