Attention, First-Timer Knitters: Hikaru Noguchi Shares Her Tips

Looking for a new hobby or a more personal approach to gift giving this year? Knitting could be your answer, but knitting guru and designer Hikaru Noguchi warns first-timers that “hand knitting takes a lot of time and patience,” so it’s important to get organized and get your expectations in check before getting started.

Noguchi says to start by gathering all of your supplies, which must include good quality wool. “It always gives you higher quality work, even when your knitting skills aren’t great. And, it feels much better to wear, too.”  She also suggests beginning with a simple project that uses only one ball of wool, like a scarf or hat.

Photo courtesy of Hikaru Noguchi

It’s also important to have resources handy for when you need a stitch tutorial, want to change colors or learn different ways to cast on, AKA start your project. Check out Wool and the Gang, a site that offers knitting kits, patterns, and video how-tos, including this one here which shows you how to cast on with one needle.  Happy knitting!


Not the DIY type? Shop cozy hats, gloves, and scarves by Hiraku Noguchi on Gilt today.


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