Skip Navigation Website Accessibility

The Beginners Guide to Knitting

Want to learn how to knit? Are you completely new to the craft or are you just looking to brush up on your foundational skills? You've come to the right place. Welcome to the Complete Beginners Guide to Knitting, Sheep Thrills Edition!


So how would you define a beginner? Sometimes it’s wandering aimlessly through piles of yarn, thousands of patterns, and wondering how to get started, but that adds on to the excitement of being able to become an expert at the craft. The good news is that each and every knitter was a beginner at one point, and this wealth of collective knowledge we will provide is now at your fingertips. The adventure of your first knitting project is pretty amazing and we are here to help you create your own stories through your hand-crafted goods.


Now, let’s get started on our Knitting 101 guide by discussing some of the essential tools and materials you will need to get the (yarn) ball rolling! The best part is- you can find all the items on the list at Sheep Thrills to collect all of the materials you need and more!


  1.      Knitting Needles: When you’re learning to knit, the first thing you’ll want in your knitting kit is a good set of knitting needles. There are all types of knitting needles, but some knitting needles are better to start with. We suggest bamboo needles or wood because of the natural surface drag that “grips” the yarn, making it less slippery than other needles.
  1.      Yarn: We recommend to use a medium worsted weight yarn. Light colors tend to be better because it’s easier to see where you’ve stitched. Some of our favorite brands include Berroco, Circulo, and Rowan. The list can go on and on, if you come in-store or call, we can help you find the perfect one for your next project to go with your vision.
  1.      Stitch Markers: Beginners should keep a healthy cache of the different types of stitch markers in your knitting supplies. We suggest the Circular Stitch Holder Short perfect for holding a drop-stitch in place.
  1.     Miscellaneous
    1.      Tape Measure: A tape measure is useful in determining the full length or width of your project.
    2.      Scissors: You’ll need a pair of sharp scissors for snipping ends or cutting knots. Plain and simple.
    3.      Point Protectors: Point protectors are just what they seem. They’re designed to cover the tips or points of your knitting needles.
    4.      Tapestry Needle: They have large eyes than sewing needles which makes threading yarn through them much easier.


Once you’ve gathered all your tools, your knitting kit will serve you well for years to come and we are sure that you will rack up on many more items as your passion for knitting continues to grow. We know there are a lot of knitting tools and accessories on the market these days and the list for your perfect beginners kit can be hard to make to know which knitting supplies you really need and what can wait so we hope we were able to break down some of the important tools you will need in order to start off strong! We also offer classes if you want to have more hands-on learning. Masks must be worn by all participants! We hope this deep dive into knitting tools and notions helps! Stop procrastinating and learn to knit now!


Sheep Thrills Knitting in Lauderhill, FL

Want to learn more tips and tricks? If you’re a South Florida local, Sheep Thrills offers private lessons for knitting, crocheting, or weaving during open hours. Call us today at 954-742-1908 to schedule your private lesson. You can also visit our website to shop online for the materials you need and find more information about our safety guidelines for shopping in-store.