Teach yourself to knit or crochet and start sending secret messages
There are numerous tutorials available online that will teach you the simple knitting and crochet techniques you need to take part in Knitwitter. Here is a collection of the ones we have found most useful (with a UK bias):
HappyBerry Knitting – the basics (YouTube) – playlist featuring how-to videos on knit and purl stitch, cast on and cast off, for absolute beginners.
Prima – How to knit (article) – A beginner’s guide to casting on, casting off and the basic stitches, in text and pictures.
Wool And The Gang – How to Knit Stripes (YouTube, no sound, video and text only) – a simple guide to changing yarn colour, which could be useful for Horizontal Stripes inspired Knitwitter patterns.
Leisure Arts Inc. – Changing Colors in the Middle of a Row (YouTube) – this technique for creating blocks of colour in your knitting, which could be useful for the Bits In Blocks inspired Knitwitter patterns.
LoveCrafts – 2×2 rib stitch (YouTube) – a method for creating ribbed knitting, that can be adapted for One Big Rib inspired Knitwitter patterns.
Fair Isle Knitting for Beginners (YouTube) – a simplified method for Fair Isle knitting, and good for Fair Isle Style inspired Knitwitter patterns.
Learn how to crochet (article) – all the basics
Bella Coco – chain stitch (YouTube) – how to crochet a foundation chain, an essential technique for absolute beginners.
HappyBerry Crochet (YouTube) – playlist featuring how-to videos on all basic crochet stitches (UK and US terms explained).
Bella Coco – changing colours (YouTube) – Covers how to change colour at the end of a row and in the middle of a row, which could be useful for both Horizontal Stripes and Bits In Blocks inspired Knitwitter patterns.
Scribble – how to filet crochet (YouTube) – a really good technique to use for crocheting Fair Isle Style inspired Knitwitter patterns.
Whistle and Ivy – How to read a graph (YouTube) – another good technique for Fair Isle Style inspired Knitwitter patters, but this time using colour changes rather than filling or leaving gaps.