There are knitting groups all over the UK that you can join to meet people who share the same interests as you but did you know there is also an avid online community of knitters? Here we’ll explain how to join the online knitting community so you can make new knitting friends all over the world!
Simply type ‘knitting forums’ into a search engine like Google and you will be presented with pages and pages of forums dedicated to knitters. Joining a forum (also sometimes referred to as a messaging board) will allow you to interact with other knitters all over the world.
Many forums have a number of different categories that cover different chat topics. For example, there may be a message topic where you can share pictures of your latest work with each other and another for sharing knitting techniques.
Some forums may also be dedicated to a certain area for example London knitters or knitters in the Midlands. If you are looking to meet up with other knitting enthusiasts in your local area or get involved in a local knitting group, joining a knitting forum may be a great way of building your confidence up so you feel a little less nervous when you meet people in person.
If you are new to knitting and want to get involved in the online knitting community, why not participate in a knitting webinar for beginners? Not only will you be able to pick up a few new tips from the person leading the knitting webinar but you will also have the opportunity to chat with other users at the same time.
Social media groups for knitters
It is likely that you already use social media websites like Facebook and Twitter to interact with your ‘real life’ friends and maybe even share your knitted creations, so why not use them to interact with other knitters too?
On Facebook you will find numerous groups dedicated to knitting enthusiasts. Look for a group for knitters in your local area to join and if there isn’t one – start one!
If you use Twitter, you are probably already familiar with hash tag chats. These are basically chats that take place at the same time each week, where those involved include a specific hash tag in their tweets in order to participate.
Look out for knitting chats taking place on Twitter. A popular one is ‘#knittinghour’ which takes place at 7:30pm every Thursday. During this hour you can chat with other knitters by including the #knittinghour hash tag in your tweets and share links to your website, as well as pictures of your latest creations.
Another way you can interact with other members of the online knitting community is by using Instagram. Search for hash tags like ‘knitting’ or ‘knittinghour’ and you will be presented with all of the images that have been tagged with that particular hash tag. Comment on other users’ pictures and follow them on Instagram and you’ll be making online knitting friends in no time!
Although Google+ is still considered to be a relatively new social media platform, there are plenty of knitting groups on there so why not join a few? The great thing about joining groups on Google+ is that you can participate in hangouts, which are basically like video chats. This means you can effectively participate in what are referred to as ‘Knit & Knatter’ groups from the comfort of your own home!
You could also consider joining a knitting blogging community
Knitting blogging community
You may already read other people’s knitting blogs but have you thought about starting one of your own? Writing a knitting blog is one of the best ways to get involved in the online knitting community.
You can blog about whatever you like but we highly recommend that you avoid making your content overly promotional. Whilst blogging is great for promoting your knitted designs and driving traffic to your Etsy store, if you want to interact with other knitters, it’s best to create articles that they will find interesting. For example, you could use your knitting blog to share knitting tutorials, hints and tips for beginners or even posts on the creative ways you store your wool – the possibilities are endless!
The more interesting and engaging your knitting posts are the more likely people are to comment on them and follow your blog. Be sure to visit their blogs in return and use your social media pages to promote your new posts.
Knitting YouTube channels
If writing isn’t your strong suit why not create knitting videos instead? Creating your own knitting YouTube channel is a great way to immerse yourself in the online knitting community. Sharing videos featuring knitting tutorials, the latest project you are working on and even wool hauls is a great way to engage other knitting enthusiasts. Remember to reply to all of the comments on your videos and subscribe to other people’s knitting YouTube channels to share the love!
Knitting doesn’t have to be something you do on your own! If you want to make it more social, why not join a local knitting group or make knitting friends all over the world by joining the online knitting community?