Many knitters know the value of connecting with the yarn-thusiast community. But when your knitwear soulmates are spread far and wide, it may not always be possible to form a knitting circle in person. Which is why there’s a genius way to bridge the gap: virtual knitting clubs.
Meeting up via Zoom, Google Hangouts or FaceTime with a cast-on project and cup of coffee (or heck, a bottle of wine) can do wonders for your mental health and forming a sense of community. And with these handy tips, it’s super easy to get one going.
1. Choose a Project
One of the best things about virtual knitting clubs: you don’t have to stress about transporting your WIP! This means you can tackle anything, from simple socks to big blankets. If your group wants to have a true knit-along and work on the same project together, have everyone suggest a project and then vote on their favorite.
2. Set Up a Schedule
This might feel totally obvious, but solidifying a schedule and meeting regularly is vital to making any knit club — especially virtual ones — last. Determine a day and time that works for everyone, and set up solid plans for your first few meetings whether you’re meeting weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc.
If you’re planning a knit-along (like you could with the Throughstone Sweater Knit-Along), it’s best to break down the project into manageable steps. That way everyone is on the same page of the pattern every meeting.
3. Work On Something Simple
Real talk: it can be difficult to learn a new technique or stitch a complicated pattern while chatting with BFFs. Avoid frogging and work on the more difficult parts of your pattern on your own, then when it’s time to meet up you’re free to stockinette stitch the night away.
4. Stitch in the Light
Hanging out with your fellow yarn-thusiasts is only half the fun; seeing everyone’s projects come together is what knit clubs are all about! If you can, knit in an area with a lot of natural light so everyone can see your needles in action. If your group is more of an HHK (happy hour and knitting) squad, make sure you’re in a well-lit area to avoid stitching in the shadows.
5. Share It on the ‘Gram
What’s the fun in stitching if you don’t show it off? Whether it’s an in-progress shot or that final “I did it!” moment, share your knits on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Not only will you rack up lots of likes, but sharing your projects can encourage and inspire other knitters to pick up their needles.