Sharing Knitting Techniques on YouTube

I was thinking the other day about the evolution of technology and how it's changed our lives. When I was in college I thought I was pretty cool because I had a typewriter with built-in correction tape. Pretty slick. I used it to type up papers on topics I researched using the card catalog in the library.

Here's a video about how to care for your handknits (this video is housed on YouTube but we "pinned" it to Knitting Daily)     

Now students tote their laptops to class and do research on their smart phones. What a change!

I use technology all day (almost) every day, and one of the most valuable technological tools for my knitting life is There's a video there for almost every knitting technique you might need to learn or brush up on, and I use it all the time. When I teach beginning knitting I supply a list of videos for students to use if they get stuck, and many people have told me that the videos made them keep knitting because they had somewhere to go when they made a mistake or got frustrated.

YouTube isn't just a resource to go to—you can share your knitting techniques by making your own videos! In the Summer 2012 issue of Spin-Off magazine Denise Jackson tells us how to share our own videos with the fiber masses. Here's some of that article for you:

Make Videos for YouTube is an excellent learning zone. For those of us who have some skills to share, YouTube provides a format for portable world access.

 Some questions you will need to answer before you get started:
• What do you, as a viewer, like to see?
• What are your hands doing? Where are they positioned? How do you hold the fiber so the viewer can see it?
• Is the video quality good enough so viewers can clearly see details and subtle movements?
• Are you better in front of or behind the camera? Who do you want to help you film?

• Digital camera (best), webcam, or cell phone with a camera
• YouTube account
• Ability to edit the movie, either on YouTube or with video-editing software such as iMovie or Windows Movie Maker (teenagers can help here!)

Here's my YouTube video showing the picot cast-on.

A few hints:
• Viewers do not need to see your face and would rather see your hands performing the technique.
• Think about camera angles to highlight what you are doing.
• Have good lighting so your hands can be seen.
• Often, sound quality isn't great. To get around this, import sound clips or place title cards to describe actions.

—Denise Jackson, from the Summer 2012 issue of Spin-Off magazine

Why not try your hand at making a video? I made one showing the picot cast-on, above, and it was easy-peasy!

Subscribe to Spin-Off magazine to get lots more great info like this, plus beautiful knitting patterns!


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