If you're looking for a hobby, you could do a lot worse than knitting. You often hear of people always wanting to learn how to knit, but it seeming too complicated or not being coordinated enough. This is hogwash. Anyone can learn how to knit, but how do you know if it's an appropriate hobby for you?

You enjoy working alone

Knitting isn't filmmaking. You don't need a crew to knit a sweater. Knitting is something you do by yourself. Sure, you can knit a block with a bunch of other knitters to contribute to a blanket, but you don't need anyone else to do the actual knitting. You don't need someone sitting next to you to get gauge. You can always knit with other people if you like being social.

You need a hobby that you can take with you anywhere

Knitting requires needles and yarn. That's it. It's more portable than quilting or sewing or painting. It doesn't make such a big mess. Other people don't get distracted when you knit. You can knit in line, in a waiting room, on the train, on the airplane or during classes.

You can follow directions

A successful knitting project requires that you're able to follow instructions or get to know the rules of knitting well enough so that you can make changes to any knitting pattern without causing disaster.

Math doesn't scare you (too much)

To knit, you have to be able to count stitches, measure lengths, multiply to change sizes and keep track of the number of rows that you knit, not to mention any pattern repeats. If that sounds like too much work for you maybe you should take up bird watching.

You passionately LOVE color

Have you ever loved a color so much that you wanted to own anything you could in that one unique shade, even if it was just a dustpan? Imagine being able to work with that one color for hours, weeks or months, feeling it slip through your fingers as it knits into your new favorite scarf, sweater, or even socks? Knitting allows you to create a physcial manifestation of your favorite colors and textures that you can wear. If you don't want to wear your color, then maybe painting is a better fit for you.

You get a kick out of texture

If you don't like wool, no need to worry. There's still silk, cotton, rayon, bamboo -many different kinds of yarns to try and thousands of projects to knit with them.

You wish to cultivate patience and perseverance

Knitting will teach you a great many things, but first and foremost it will teach you patience and perseverance. The first time you cast on stitches for your first scarf (it's almost always a scarf) you will encounter difficulties. Your stitches will be too tight. You will accidentally add and lose stitches. It may drive you crazy (One knitting book is called Knitting Without Tears for a reason), but you feel a sense of accomplishment when you master your first knitted stitches and watch your scarf growing longer with every row.

You want your hobby to be practical

Knitting doesn't just make pretty objects, which are fine in and out of themselves, knitting makes useful objects; items that keep you and your house warm. If anything, knitting makes practical things more interesting. Suddenly you want to have a million pairs of socks, especially if you knit them yourself. You start looking forward to cold weather so that you have an excuse to wear everything you've ever knit.

So if you've been thinking of taking up knitting you might have a stronger impression as to whether or not it might work for you. If you think you want to learn how to knit, check out our learn to knit page and discover knitting kits, tutorials and books.

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