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Supplies for your first knitting project.

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If you're a brand new knitter wondering where to start, you've come to the right place. This simple knit square is the perfect first project. You'll learn how to cast on, knit, bind off and weave in ends, and when you're done you can use the square as a coaster, even if it doesn't look perfect.

That's a good thing to note at the outset: I've been knitting for a long time. My stitches are a lot more even than yours, but that will come for you with time. Don't get discouraged if your sample doesn't look exactly like mine. The whole point of this is practice, getting you comfortable with knitting on a small project without a lot of investment in time or supplies.

Speaking of supplies, getting yours together is step one. Here's what you need to get started:

  • a ball of medium-weight yarn, acrylic or wool (I'm using Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice, because it's available everywhere and pretty good quality for the price)
  • one pair 10-inch long knitting needles (mine are aluminum but some people find wooden or bamboo needles easier to use, experiment if you don't like the first needles you buy)
  • scissors to cut yarn at the end
  • a blunt-end yarn needle or a crochet hook for weaving in ends, if you want to use your finished square
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