Knitting for newbies:

Helen's Haberdashery at Victorian Arcade offers exclusive top tips for knitting beginners

Once you've achieved your first completed knit, there is no doubt you'll be caught with the knitting bug however the first initial steps are often the hardest with so many knitting styles, patterns and techniques available, it can often be overwhelming.

The experts at Helen's Haberdashery located in Victorian Arcade offer their top tips to becoming a needle-tastic knitter.

Ask for advice

The first step to becoming a knitting superstar is to simply ask. The team at Helen's Haberdashery have over 23 years of experience and have been supplying the residents of Walsall with hundreds of wools, yarns and patterns since 2013 when it first set up shop in Victorian Arcade. There's no need to feel overwhelmed, simply pop in store and speak to a member of staff about where to start with your first pattern.

Join a group

Knitting needn't be a lone activity; learning the basics of knitting can be achieved in a variety of locations but an ideal place to start is by joining knitting groups with friends and family. Helen's Haberdashery offers a wide range of workshops where with their expert team including workshop host Jone, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. From its knit and natter group to sewing club and social knitting classes there is plenty for you to begin your new hobby.

Basic yarn is your friend

While sequin embellished yarns and wools are stunning and do create beautiful pieces, they're not beginner friendly. The team at Helen's Haberdashery suggests starting with basic worsted-weight yarn, known as the most common yarn for beginners, as it's a great weight to practice new stitches with. When learning a new technique mistakes are expected. It is suggested that using a lighter coloured yarn will help spot mistakes and ensure that you stop before causing too much damage to your piece.  

Other points to consider

Often when starting a new hobby it can become frustrating if things don't go your way. Knitting is like any other form of arts and crafts in that it takes time to pick up. Helen's Haberdashery suggests taking time when learning something new and if you feel yourself getting flustered pop your needles down to the side and take a breather. Knitting should be a fun activity not something that becomes a chore to complete.


Kay Rugman, Business Partner at Helen's Haberdashery, commented:

"Here at Helen's Haberdashery, knitting is our passion. Our workshops are filled with handy tips and tricks for new knitters to trial in a comforting environment. Knitting can be daunting for beginner's; in our workshops we offer a place to ask questions and receive help. I would highly encourage local knitting enthusiasts to pop along as we always like to welcome new faces to our groups."

For full details regarding in store workshops simply call Helen's Haberdashery on 01922 612161 or pop in store and speak to an advisor.


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