There are so many ways to hold your knitting needles and yarn and everyone seems to have their own style. In fact if you put a dozen knitters in a room you’d probably find that they’re all holding their yarn and needles a different way.
I’d like you to keep in mind that it does take awhile to feel comfortable knitting so it’s completely fine to wait until you feel more settled with knitting before you start trying to hold the yarn and needles a certain way. You may in fact develop your own way of doing it all by yourself as you carry on learning to knit. Sometimes is just happens that way.
Of course it’s always nice to see how someone else does it right?
All right then, I’ll give you some ideas on how to hold your needles and yarn and then you can try some ways on your own.
How to Hold Your Knitting Needles
It’s a matter of personal preference. Once you start knitting and developing a nice knitting rhythm you’ll find your own perfect and unique way.
It will feel awkward at first so just give yourself a little time. You’ll get it!
Here are a couple of ways to try.
In the first set of photos the hands are over the knitting needles and in the second set they’re being held like pencils. You can try both or mix them up a bit or just simply create your own unique style.
This is how I do it
My left hand steadies the needle and my forefinger helps to guide the knitting stitches. I hold the right needle between my thumb and forefinger and my hand is slightly over the needle. I tuck the right needle under my arm sometimes. But that’s me.
There is no right or wrong way so experiment with it and see what works better for you.
How to Hold Your Knitting Yarn
There are just as many ways to hold your knitting yarn too! It all comes down to comfort.
You will have to decide which knitting method you want to use though. The two most common are the English knitting method and the Continental knitting method.
I’m left-handed and I knit the English knitting method or right-handed way.
Description of English And Continental Method
The English knitting method, shown below, means that your right hand will be moving the knitting needle through the stitches on your left hand needle. If you decide to wrap the knitting yarn around your fingers you will wrap the right hand. Here are three different styles to try. See if one of them works for you.
The Continental knitting method, shown below, means that your left hand will be moving the knitting needle through the stitches on your right hand needle. And if you decide to wrap the knitting yarn around your fingers you will wrap the left hand.
Here are three ways to try. Just experiment.
Some knitters don’t even bother winding the yarn around their fingers. So don’t feel that you have too if you don’t want too.
I found two knitting videos demonstrating how to hold your yarn. Keep in mind that this is just one way and it’s not written in stone. There are many different ways however these videos will give you a place to start.
Knitting Video – How to Hold Knitting Yarn – English Method
Knitting Video – How To Hold Knitting Yarn – Continental Method
Which way should you choose?
You might want to try both knitting methods to see which one is more comfortable. Once again, it’s going to feel awkward at first so take your time in finding the knitting method that you like.
Learning to hold your knitting needles and yarn takes practice and patience so don’t worry too much about it for now. Just start knitting – you’ll get it.
Very, Very Important. Please don’t feel that you have to learn how to hold your knitting needles and yarn. There really isn’t one way to do it. A lot of people simply knit the way that makes them feel comfortable and that’s what I want you to do as well. Over time you’ll develop your own style.
So what’s next? Well let’s see if I can help
Would you like to go back and review anything on my beginning knitting page?
If you are comfortable with getting started and a little more at ease with how to hold your knitting needles and yarn ..
You can start learning how to knit by heading over to my knitting instructions.
Do you want a break? Go grab a cup of tea, come back and have a peek at some knitting tools to get an idea of what they are. They’re always fun to look at!