In the knitting wilderness known as “the time before the internet” one would fumble their way through a reference book or have to sit on their hands until the yarn shop opened or a knitting friend could be found. But now, help is really just a device away. For beginners, I always suggest visiting knittinghelp.com. This website has free videos for knitters of all levels of expertise. With easy to understand instructions on how to do the basic stitches plus a variety of increases, decreases, bind offs, and other useful skills, knittinghelp.com is a perfect resource for beginning knitters.
Often at our tables we’ll find knitters who use their tablets and smart phones to read patterns, take notes, and more. Knitting apps have been around awhile and are constantly evolving in scope. A recent search for “knitting” on my smart phone gave me hundreds of apps to choose from, and now Ravelry also has several apps that will work directly with their site. For the newbie knitter, I suggest Stitch Minder, which I use all the time to count rows and repeats. I also like Knitting Daily’s app for its links to patterns, techniques, and various articles. We’re just learning of revolutionary interactive applications like Knitcompanion that allows one to interact with the pattern right down to the stitch itself. Less like an app and more like an electronic knitting teacher/mentor, Knitcompanion helps manage charts, mark row progress, and has a designer series with instructions directly from the designer. I’ve yet to find one that knits for me, but can that be far away?
Of course, nothing can replace the tactile nature of knitting, the reason most of us tend to this basic and fulfilling of all crafts. Remember, it’s just yarn, a knit stitch and a purl stitch, your imagination, and a willingness to learn.