It’s not too hard!
To be fair, the first time I tried it, I thought it was really hard. I tried crocheting, too, because I’d heard that was easier, and I had very little luck with that as well. But I was 14-ish at the time and not being taught by a very patient person, so that may have contributed to it.
With this newest attempt, I’ve been doing really well, I think! I’ve been learning for all of a week and a half and I’ve already made some cute things I’m proud of. =] It’s also a great fidget for me — I have ADD and I have trouble paying attention unless I’m multi-tasking, so knitting while I do other things is helpful.
I’d say that it’s totally worth a try, especially since you’ve got a little one — smaller things are easier and less time-consuming to make~
I’m gonna pretty much be repeating the advice my knitting friend cheatcommandos gave me for a lot of this, but some things:
- start with one set of needles and one skein/ball of yarn just to be safe! I think 7 or 8 is a pretty standard size of needles to start out with. They’re not too tiny so it’s easy to see what you’re doing.
- the internet is a great teacher! and a very patient teacher! youtube is great because you can pause and rewind and if the video just is’t making sense, you can look up another one of a different person doing the same thing.
- to start you will need to “cast on” (actually put the fist stitches onto the needle) and i found that borderline impossible to do the way most videos tell you to. but aforementioned knitting friend taught me to do it this way, and it’s really easy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BiVUTZ3j4k (you can skip ahead to like 2:10 for the actual important part of the video)
- basically just look up some videos and practice the knit stitch until you feel like you could do it in your sleep, and then do the same thing for the purl stitch. Those are the two main things you need to know.
- a lot of knitting terminology sounds really complicated but it’s secretly not. like for example “garter stitch” just means “knit the whole thing” and “stockinette stitch” just means “knit one row, purl one row, repeat.”
- also abbreviations seem scary at first. like the other day i ran into a line in a pattern that said PSSO and i was like WHAT THE HECK IS PSSO so i literally just googled “how to psso” and i knew how to do it in under a minute, BAM. the internet is really cool
This ended up being really long but yeah, I’m super enthusiastic abt knitting and I think you should try it if you want!! Let me know if you have any other questions and I will either answer them with my week-and-a-half’s worth of knowledge or field the question to someone who knows more than I do, haha.