Sometimes, it can be the simplest of tasks that can bring the greatest of pleasures.

For many people, a surprising addition on their bucket list is learning to knit. This is no longer the preserve of older ladies knitting bootees for babies, but is now a trendy hobby for both men and women of all ages.

It is a very cheap past time, requiring only wool and needles. You don’t even need to buy patterns, as they can be found online.


How to Learn

For those who have no clue where to start, then YouTube is your best friend. There are hundreds of tutorials suitable for beginners, and having a visual reference makes it easier to pick up the basics.

Most people inevitably start by knitting a scarf, as this is straightforward, and you have something genuinely practical at the end of it.

You only have to make a choice of the type of wool, and the colours you wish to use, and away you go.

An even easier option is to buy a kit, which will provide everything you need, including the needles, the wool and full instructions. No longer will the terms of cast on, cast off and purl be a mystery to you.


Growing Your Skills

Once you have mastered the basics, you can move on to more complex stitches and patterns. You may find that your work attracts the attention of others, and eventually, you could take on orders or set up your own shop on the likes of Etsy.

It doesn’t have to be scarves, gloves and jumpers that you knit; children’s toys can be great fun to create, and you have a finished item in a relatively short time.

So, if learning to knit is on your bucket list, there is no reason not to give it a go, and acquire a skill to last a lifetime.



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